Protect Under 13s from Youtube Poop!

Type ‘Barbie Doll’ into 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!

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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