Clips like this doctored Minecraft video that depicts a school shooting have appeared on YouTube. As The Post's Elizabeth Dwoskin reported last month, YouTube announced that it was rebuilding its recommendation algorithm to prevent it from prompting videos that include conspiracy theories and other bogus information, though the videos would remain on the site.
In July of 2018, the mother originally saw a video of a man holding out his arm and instructing kids on how to properly kill themselves. "I think our children are facing a whole new world with social media and Internet access".
YouTube Kids has previously come under fire for failing to curate content on the platform correctly, Business Insider reported previous year that conspiracy theory videos were prominent on the platform.
The hack has already been linked with more than 130 teen deaths in Russian Federation and the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in Argentina, according to the Mirror. "But one of the top videos claimed to show a UFO shooting at a chemtrail, and we found several videos by prominent conspiracy theorist David Icke in the suggested videos", Business Insider reported. The sinister content is fused into cartoon videos in such a way that parents won't suspect a thing unless they decide to sit down with the kid to watch the entire cartoon.
"Challenges appear midway through Kids YouTube, Fortnight, Peppa pig to avoid detection by adults".
Nadine Kaslow, a past president of the American Psychological Association and professor at Emory University School of Medicine, told the Post that simply taking down the videos isn't enough. What did I just see?
The concerned mother added that YouTube Kids is supposed to be a safe website for children.
Facebook group Bethany Amy said: "Have any of our Ipswich parents come across Momo?"
"In this next cartoon a young girl commits suicide with a knife after her father dies and her boyfriend breaks up with her", Hess said of another.
"Just be aware of what your children are watching, what they are saying to other children and make sure they are aware of what MoMo might be but that it's not real", says Arnold. "There needs to be messaging - this is why it's not OK".
Hess wants YouTube to do a better job of screening videos intended for YouTube Kids.
'Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death in individuals between the ages of 10 and 34 and the numbers of children exhibiting some form of self-harm is growing rapidly.
Those who need help, including children, can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.