• Children are easily exposed to adult material on YouTube. Here are some points to be aware of, taken from this article:

    • Children who view clips of Sesame Street and Peppa Pig on YouTube are on average just three clicks away from explicit adult material on the site

    • [One study] found that graphic footage was available to children who had viewed clips of popular kids’ TV programmes.

    • The list of recommended videos, displayed on the right-hand side of the page after a video has shown, provided a path to the explicit material, the researchers found.

    • A separate study of 24,000 young people found that 27% of seven- to 11-year-olds and nearly half of 11- to 19-year-olds had come across something they thought was "hurtful or unpleasant" online in the past 12 months.

    • It’s worrying to see just how simple it is for children to access videos of an adult nature on YouTube," said David Emm, a senior security researcher at Kaspersky Lab

    • YouTube has a safety mode that can block inappropriate material, such as pornographic material and objectional comments

    • Google admits that the safety feature cannot be "100% accurate" because it relies in part on users to flag inappropriate videos for the safety mode to work

    • Like Facebook, YouTube recommends that it is only used by viewers aged 13 and over.

    • The survey of 24,000 young people, conducted by the UK Safer Internet Centre, found that more than a third of seven-year-olds and 45% of 16- to 19-year-olds said they had not been taught about staying safe online

    • "YouTube has a variety of parent and educator resources on the site such as the online curriculum, as well as tools such as safety mode which parents can turn on to filter out potentially objectionable content and comments."

    • Some internet providers offer parents the ability to filter out inappropriate material, such as pornographic or violent videos

Posted from Diigo.

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