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Yorkshire school issues warning to parents over unsafe Momo challenge

27 February 2019

This is a serious problem and kids being exposed to such vile content raises concerns and questions over YouTube's role in identifying and removing such content. YouTube is embroiled in a long battle with problematic content on its video-sharing platform, ranging from removing hateful and violent content, child sexual exploitation and more, but videos encouraging suicide among kids crosses a line. Many contain-and attract clicks with-popular cartoon characters, such as Elsa from the 2013 animated Disney film Frozen. "I don't doubt that social media and things such as this is contributing".

According to Hull Live, a school has now taken to Twitter to warn parents that the challenge was infiltrating programmes such a Peppa Pig and Kids YouTube. I know YouTube had some sick videos, but I thought YouTube Kids was safe.

'We created YouTube Kids to make it safer and simpler for children to explore the world through online video. The YouTube spokesperson further added: "We appreciate people drawing problematic content to our attention, and make it possible for anyone to flag a video".

There are parental controls available on YouTube, WXFT said, adding that users can report or flag inappropriate content as well as video potential unsafe to kids. "I had to stop, but I could have kept going", Hess said.

We work to make the videos in YouTube Kids family-friendly and take feedback very seriously.

Hess has been blogging about the inappropriate YouTube Kids videos, saying, "I wish I could say that they are isolated incidents but unfortunately I cannot".

After the first case of the "Momo challenge" was discovered in the United Kingdom, the boy's parent, who wished to remain anonymous, said she was "deeply alarmed" when her seven-year-old son's teacher told her he'd made threats to other children in school.

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"The man quickly walked in, held his arm out, and tracing his forearm, said, 'Kids, remember, cut this way for attention, and this way for results, ' and then quickly walked off", the woman reported anonymously.

The second video has also now gone, displaying the message: 'This video has been removed for violating YouTube's Terms of Service'. We are making constant improvements to our systems and recognize there's more work to do.

Dr Hess, from Florida, US, has been pushing to have the confronting YouTube clips removed, backed by other parents and child health experts.

The US-based paediatrician who runs the blog Pedi Mom writes that she could barely believe her eyes when saw the video.

Dr Kaslow, who teaches at Emory University's school of medicine, said that some children who are more vulnerable may be drawn to such grim content.

Those who need help, including children, can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

Yorkshire school issues warning to parents over unsafe Momo challenge