It's no secret that YouTube is not a safe place for kids. They are often exposed to inappropriate videos. Worse, innocent videos with children are searched and watched by pedophiles.
The pressure on YouTube to make the site safer is increasing. Consumers and privacy officers continue to campaign for YouTube to ensure safety for children. In the meantime, federal agencies are investigating the company's attempts to protect children.
YouTube should consider a major change to keep inappropriate content from children and keep children's eyes away from videos with children. Until then, we have tips to protect your child on YouTube and other websites on the Internet.
YouTube considers important security step
After a series of incidents and news, YouTube executives are reportedly considering a range of options for protecting children on their site.
The Wall Street Journal reports that one option is to migrate all videos with children to the existing stand-alone YouTube Kids app.
In view of the millions, this would be a big endeavor for videos with kids already on the main page, along with millions of other videos being uploaded every day. It's also one that could significantly impact YouTube's bottom line.
Videos of children enjoying innocent play are among the most popular on the YouTube main page, bringing in millions of dollars in advertising. Another suggestion is to disable the referral feature for videos with children.
Why is that important? Researchers at the Berkman Klein Center for the Internet and Society at Harvard followed up videos with sexual themes and made recommendations for other videos that were, according to the New York Times, "more bizarre or extreme and more youth-focused."
The recommended videos got younger and finally culminated in adult women dressed as children. Eventually, viewers were guided to actual videos by "partially clothed children."
The Times suggests that the YouTube algorithm may have been learned by people who view children in a sexually exploitative way, resulting in family videos.
Function would hinder this algorithm. The Wall Street Journal reports that some YouTube executives are calling for the deactivation of the children's programs referral feature. This would protect children from accessing inappropriate videos.
However, the referral feature would still be enabled on the main page, so that sexual predators can get videos with children, no matter how innocent they may be. YouTube told the Times that it was not planned to implement such a change soon, as the recommender system is the biggest traffic driver and the move would hurt the creators.
As US regulators are now investigating YouTube, this option may be available again to the table.
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FTC Examines YouTube
The recent steps taken by YouTube to protect children may have been investigated by the US American Federal Trade Commission (FTC) triggered. [1
YouTube, owned by Google, could face a fine of several million dollars, had expanded efforts to protect children earlier this year, but the company's history shows that efforts are always coming too short.
Complaints against the company's inability to protect children date back to 2015.
Protecting Your Child on YouTube
As part of our effort to help protect your children on YouTube or other social media sites , Kim Komando has signed a technical security contract for parents and their children. The contract determines how children should behave on websites and apps or what to look for.
We also offer five steps that parents should take to not only protect their children, but also to keep them alive. The steps include limiting the screen time, complete control over the child's device, and tracking the child's entire correspondence. Here you can learn more about all five steps.
3 apps that predators use to take care of children – remove now
As if there's not enough Ick in the world. Now the government is warning parents against three dating apps that pedophiles used to contact children. You may not believe it, but with the apps, kids under the age of 13 could create dating profiles. Sexual predators were not only able to contact children through their profile, but also by age and location. If this is not scary enough for parents, the apps also collected users' location data in real time, allowing sexual predators to find children nearby, some 12 years old and over.
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