My daughter often watches the Youtube KIDS app on her tablet. She loves the sign language videos, nursery rhymes and sing alongs. It's helped amazingly with her enunciation and vocabulary and sign language skills. Yesterday I found out that one of the channels she watches ALL of the time has hidden in their sing along videos....video clips of the characters murdering their families and committing suicide. Yes, you heard me, on a children's video. On a children's app. I watched several videos from this channel on my own before allowing her to watch them. I thought they were safe. They only put them in to a few videos so they are well hidden and it just happened that the videos I had watched didn't have them in it. I'm horrified.
My sweet Violet watches this channel and sings to these videos each and every day. She has watched all of these videos. She has watched them murder their families and commit suicide while singing along to the songs. And now as a parent to a child with special needs...I'm not even sure how to even begin to explain to her that what she saw...is not OK. That it's a horrible thing that she saw. Did she even understand what she saw...I just don't know. I have no idea what is going on inside that head of hers and that is ripping me apart. She was targeted as a child. Fed these images. And I am angry.
These videos are specifically labeled as "educational" by the creator and hidden inside of seemingly innocent videos so they will be allowed on the Youtube Kids app. Unfortunately with the app you cannot block the channel. Reports to Youtube have gone unheard. I have started a petition on Change.org to try to get the channel banned from the app. PLEASE, share and sign the petition. Our children should never be allowed to be targeted like this.