The nightmare videos of childrens' YouTube — and what's wrong with the internet today | James Bridle

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The Dream Traveler : I saw my sister letting my 3 year old niece watch these youtube videos for kids and when I heard finger family I almost had a heart attack. I started educating my sister about the horrors that are in some of those youtube videos and explaining that she needs to make sure she checks the content of each video which she thankfully does now. Now she just lets her play on specific kids apps like abcmouse and Nick jr. I'm just glad I was able to tell her about this. Most parents are oblivious and think youtubes moderating works...What's more naive is them thinking that everything that says its for kids on youtube must mean its for kids. The masses need more educated...

Epic Benjo : My question is, why must all the "Where are you" finger songs have to have dismembered heads upon the fingers?

Space duck : I'm glad I grew up in the time of Minecraft roller coaster videos

Man of Matt : THANK YOU FOR BRINGING ATTENTION TO THIS

zachanikwano : 8:53 More like, "If you have small children, keep them away from the internet, period." The internet is not a babysitter. No matter how many filters you put on, some thing will slip through. I had it back in the late 90s, I can't imagine how much worse it is now.

Naomi PR : My YouTube history from This Exists algorithmically sent me here.

LTS1287 : I was so creeped out by these videos that I stopped letting my toddler watch them. My wife and I monitor everything she watches. Don't let the internet or the tv raise your kids. Read to them. Teach them. Entertainment is not a replacement for a parent's love.

Selerie Sticks : I don't think the solution lies with YouTube, it lies with the parents. Parents need to realize that smartphones, tablets, and computers are NOT babysitters for your kids. YouTube can only do so much to ensure your kid isn't watching horrible things. It starts with you; the mom, the dad, the guardian of your children. If you don't want your kid mentally scarred, monitor what they're watching for heaven's sake.

IlluminaApertureChild : I see this in public AND at my job at the time. There’s so many lazy parents using these disgusting ‘kid friendly’ videos to shut their kids up or distract them. Uhh no that’s not how you parent. Introduce these kids to other healthier options of distraction rather than have their eyes glued to a screen. It’s going to end up corrupting their little heads and causing them to feel unhappy later on. I grew up playing around in a backyard and SOMETIMES on a N64. I loved using a trampoline more than watching TV. I’m so disappointed on how our society of parents is handling parenting now with these iPads and stuff instead of something else to distract.

Anton Helsgaun : I like the one with Hitler fighting a skeleton

vögelnacht : A girl was taken to psychological treatment because she suddenly wouldn't want people to get close to her. The parents thought she was subject to children harassment. They were speechless when the investigation concluded it to be all because of some videos in her yt history with explicit sexual content. Don't ever toss screens at your kids if you aren't with them all the time.

TheSassi42 : We have real surprise eggs. So our children scream and scream and scream in the supermarket. Greetings from Germany

Emily E B : I spend a lot of time looking at screens, I'll admit, but I'm 22. Even so, when I babysit my nieces and nephews, they often ask if they can play or watch something on their tablet, (which makes me internally sigh because every dang kid has their own tablet these days), but I would never let them go on youtube, knowing what I know is on here. A couple episodes of Daniel Tiger or Paw Patrol and then they have to put it down and do something else, like drawing or playing dolls, anything that uses their brain more. I understand that it's easier to set your kid down with a tablet for a couple hours so they're quiet and you can get things around the house done, but in the long run I don't think it's worth it.

Squiddy_101 : Say it with me! YOUTUBE. IS. FOR. 12. AND. UP.

PhantomStrider : This was really helpful to better understanding these bizarrely high-viewed videos we can find. Phenomenal speaker. Thanks for clearing this strange subject up for me.

Justin Leski : Parents blame youtube for doing this to kids and say it should be safer. Well the simple solution is just to monitor or restrict their access to youtube

Jello ollej : I caught my cousin watching one of these "kids videos" where mickey stabs and kills his family, my faith in humanity is thin

mikkel thybo : And now i know why silicon valley millionaires won't let their kids anywhere near a smartphone.

The Batlord : Today parents plop a phone in kids' hands and let them vegetate, in my day they just sat us in front the TV to let us vegetate. And back then you still had adults talking about how in their day the parents would kick them out of the house and not let them in till dinner so the kids would ride bikes and throw rocks at cars all day or whatever. The lesson seems to be that parents have always wanted to have as little to do with their kids as possible.

Philo : You know it's real bad when even TED talks about it

Ryan Kyo Dragon : 5:13 HITLER FINGER FAMILY?

Madie Abby : My nephew watched these videos all day. My aunt is so lazy that she doesn’t care. It makes me so mad.

Modtro64 : BE 👏 A 👏 PARENT 👏 AND 👏 BE 👏 RESPONSIBLE👏 ON 👏 WHAT 👏 YOUR 👏 KIDS👏 WATCH 👏 AND 👏 PLAY 👏!

John Debate : My parents gave me a ds. I'm proud

MegaMango : I agree with everything in this. Also, why is there a Teletubbies GTA SA mod at 8:13?

Sro201 : I like how some of the parents in the audience were terrified and you could tell their children watched this stuff.

Logan : #ElsaGate too bad this is like a year too late. Sick individuals out there.

Hirzi Fadlillah : Here's a challenge: take a shot everytime he says "right" in the end of a sentence

Brassman87 : So, when will there be a finger family video of ted talk speakers?

Stormy Revolvers : -Kids- Parents these days

Chris Nilsson : Thank God YouTube didn't exist when I was a kid.

Mohammad Alawadhi : The issue isn't that deep/philosophical. Google couldn't keep up with manually reviewing all the videos, and wouldn't reduce uploads just so they can manually review all of them.

Dolla Bill : *Hitler wearing a bikini fighting a Skeleton*

the great xenu : Who misses youtube poops :(

GA y Y AYYAYY YA YY ay y YYAGA Y Gaya yag ay GAYA GAGAYA Ygay yakashi fuck mehard bruh gay ya : *FINALLY SOMEONE TALK ABOUT THIS! I'VE BEEN SEEING THIS KIND OF VIDEOS FOR A YEAR WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNGER RELATIVES WATCHING THIS KIND OF CONTENT* it scares me.

Dave Von Saunder : Honestly, Western parents simply don’t care. They would rather put their kids in front of a tablet as opposed to *ACTUALLY PARENTING THEM.*

Happymonday 2015 : I always think its so weird seeing like 1 year olds with ipads that they own themselves... When I was a kid I was always so excited when my parents got me some Lego or a comic or something. Oh how society has changed, oh no.

5imbah : I think a lot of this could be prevented by not having kids. If you already have them or simply must have them, keep them off the YouTube. Simple as that. The Internet is no place for an unsupervised child. I'm not sure if there is anything more important than the preservation of innocence. ..

My Name Is Ian Jasper : Glad I grew up with Jumpstart games rather than YouTube.

Henriko Magnifico : Great speaker, great speech

SerialCerealKiller _ : When my sister and I were kids, before ipads and cell phone, my parents somehow managed to teach us to sit quietly. In restaurants, at the library, in church etc. I remember people would even compliment them, "Your kids are so well behaved." They were stern but not mean or unfair. I understood what was allowed and what was not. If they could do it I can too.

That One Non-Human : Another thing about those videos is what they teach children. I was watching my cousin once and she was looking at a video of these three girls being graded by boys based on their looks and it was being condoned by their teacher; it was terrible. So then I had to talk to her about why what a person looks like does not matter and it's a bad thing to judge people like that.

A Nobbit : ABOUT DAMN TIME. I HAD TO STOP MY SISTER FROM WATCHING THESE VIDEOS BEFORE IT WAS TOO LATE.

IoKnight : Step 1. Don't give tablets to kids. Step 2. ???? Step 3. Profit.

not a bot : Many people have talked about this topic, but nobody ever takes action against it.

FloatingInThee : all my young cousins watch them. i tried to stop them from doing so but it's impossible. IMPOSSIBLE.

Swoods. : 8:03 YOU PICKED THE WRONG HOUSE PO

Kyle Hill : i wanna call this a “get off my lawn” talk but im a teenager whose seen them videos and they are scary lmao

emai fisher : This is why we stay with anime children

phoenix rises : Just the tip of the iceberg of #Elsagate