Momo challenge 'hacking Peppa Pig, Fortnite and YouTube Kids'

27 February, 2019, 04:23 | Author: Norman Carr
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Tips for committing suicide are appearing in children's cartoons on YouTube and the YouTube Kids app.

The video was still on YouTube despite numerous comments flagging up the harmful content, she said.

She added: "When we watched a video the "Momo" character told him to tell everyone to fear Momo or it will kill him in his sleep".

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

The pediatrician found seven more unsettling videos on YouTube Kids on Friday alone.

"I think our kids are facing a whole new world with social media and internet access".

Parents have been frantically trying to find out more about the terrifying game, which has been linked to the death of a 12-year-old girl in Argentina.

Hess, a pediatrician, put out a call to action to different groups to report the video to get it removed from the site.

Hess, who wrote about the issue on her blog, said she saw a number of YouTube Kids videos "glorifying not only suicide but sexual exploitation and abuse, human trafficking, gun violence and domestic violence".




Hess said the doctored "Splatoon" videos are not the only ones pushing dark and potentially risky content on social media platforms, particularly on YouTube Kids.

Northcott Community Special School took to Twitter to make parents aware of the hack. One video that looked like a Minecraft video game had a school shooting. The video shows a character opening fire and cursing before the video cuts to a dead body.

"I believe this cartoon was up for about six months prior to it coming down", she told the station. I immediately turned off the video. "One suggested video was an hours-long lecture by Icke in which he claims that aliens built the pyramids, that the planet is run by reptile-human hybrids, that Freemasons engage in human sacrifice, that the assassination of President Kennedy was planned by the United States government, and that humans would evolve in 2012".

But recently, several parents have discovered disturbing videos on the site - ones making them question how safe a place it is.

The website for YouTube Kids promises "A safer online experience for kids".

I think it's extremely unsafe for our children.

YouTube made a statement that says they take the feedback seriously. We've also been investing in new controls for parents including the ability to hand pick videos and channels in the app.

If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts or showing warning signs of suicide, please consider calling the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255), texting the Crisis Text Line at 741741, or seeking help from a professional.

For confidential support in the United Kingdom call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details.

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