Type ‘Barbie Doll’ into www.Youtube.com and you will get cute, fun videos on, ‘How to make a Barbie Doll Cake’ and quaint ‘Vintage Barbie Commercials’. But you will also get ‘Barbie throwing up in the toilet after a drunken night’, and ‘Pregnant Barbie’. Type Ken and Barbie in and well…enough said.
It is important to ensure that young children are provided with sites that are protected. Now there are a number of video websites just for children. They are filtered and protect children from accidently coming across inappropriate material. Alternatives to Youtube, created especially for kids, are ZuiTube, PBS Kids Video, and KidVideos
The oddly named, YouTube Poop videos can also be disturbing. Children type in their favourite characters names into YouTube such as ‘Dora the Explorer’, and videos with the suffix ‘poop’ will appear. These videos are distorted versions of the videos children love to watch and are often violent, or contain vulgar and/or sexual content. A child of 6 or 7 is unlikely to be able to distinguish.
You can protect them – Turn on YouTube’s Safety mode (found at the bottom of each page), which helps make YouTube a little more child friendly. You could also browse YouTube’s Learning and Education and Nature sections for more age-appropriate, curated content. And most importantly watch with your children!