Yorkshire school issues warning to parents over risky Momo challenge

YouTube has long struggled with how to keep the platform free from material that's damaging to children- removing hateful and violent videos banning dangerous pranks and cracking down on child sexual exploitation

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Free Hess, a pediatrician and mother, told the Post the scene has been spliced into videos from the Nintendo game Splatoon on YouTube and YouTube Kids.

This image has now begun to pop-up in the middle of child-orientated YouTube videos such as Peppa Pig.

According to the Mirror, he said: "Children can find it hard to stand up to peer pressure but they must know it's perfectly okay to refuse to take part in crazes that make them feel unsafe or scared". In a statement, YouTube said that it "take [s] feedback very seriously", and is working to "ensure the videos in YouTube Kids are family-friendly".

"It makes me angry and sad and frustrated", Hess told CNN.

ArsTechnica added, "Videos have been found with adult content ranging from foul-language to depictions of mass shootings, alcohol use, fetishes, human trafficking stories, and sexual situations".

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Ms Andrea Faville, a spokesman for YouTube, said in a written statement that the company works to ensure that it is "not used to encourage risky behaviour and we have strict policies that prohibit videos which promote self-harm".

"Unlike YouTube itself, YouTube Kids is supposed to be specifically FOR kids".

Most parents feel pretty safe letting their children watch YouTube Kids, the child-friendly version of the video platform.

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"We rely on both user flagging and smart detection technology to flag this content for our reviewers", Ms Faville said. She said she understands that Google (which owns YouTube) is a business and "they might not have the exact goals that I have, but I do want them to respond better when people report offensive videos, and I want offensive things taken down immediately when reported".

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But that's not all she said she found. What did I just see?

"Once someone reports it, it's too late because a kid has already seen it", she said.

"Remember, kids, sideways for attention, longways for results", the man in the video says and walks off the screen and the cartoon continues.

A school has issued a warning to parents after the sick suicide Momo Challenge is believed to have "hacked" into popular children's games including Peppa Pig. Still, she said, it's not enough. But no system is flawless and inappropriate videos can slip through, so we're constantly working to improve our safeguards and offer more features to help parents create the right experience for their families. Exposing their curious nature to such videos can end up badly as they can trigger bad memories, nightmares or even attempt at mimicking suicide attempts shown in the videos.

For support in the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255.

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