In one fake Peppa Pig cartoon, a dentist with a huge syringe pulls out a character’s teeth while she cries in pain.In another, the character asks to see pornography on her parents’ computer and is shown drinking bleach.
Despite parents repeatedly raising the alarm, Google-owned You Tube told the Mail earlier this month that over the previous 30 days, one in 200 videos meant for kids on the app have had to be removed for being ‘inappropriate’.
Considering that a recent survey by internet security experts Kaspersky Lab found the average child spends 40 minutes a day watching online videos on a mobile device — as many as 20 short clips a day — it’s not hard to work out the risks of coming across such material, or the psychological harm it could cause.
But then I would point the finger firmly back at You Tube.‘With the You Tube Kids app, they are selling a flawed product [because inappropriate material is still slipping through].
If this were baby food they were selling, we wouldn’t stand for this.’So why is anyone creating spoof cartoons to traumatise children?
Professor Livingstone says there is a lucrative industry in duping them.
Anyone putting a video on You Tube can make money if a viewer watches the ad that runs before it.
The psychological welfare of children is getting lost in this.’Consultant clinical psychologist Emma Citron works in adolescent and child mental health.
She says: ‘You Tube has been viewed as harmless and educational by parents.
When asked how many human moderators the main You Tube site has globally — on top of automated monitoring — a spokesman would only say ‘thousands’.