The Dark Side of YouTube for Kids
James Bridle discovers horrific videos targeting children for page views. He warns:
Children’s cartoons getting assaulted, getting killed, weird pranks that actually genuinely terrify children. What you have is software pulling in all of these different influences to automatically generate kids’ worst nightmares. And this stuff really, really does affect small children. Parents report their children being traumatized, becoming afraid of the dark, becoming afraid of their favorite cartoon characters. If you take one thing away from this, it’s that if you have small children, keep them the hell away from YouTube.
Yes, watch his TED talk and keep your kids the hell away from YouTube.