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

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ally : you'd think with as many people calling it out, YouTube would actually _do_ something

Vanilla Voodoo : Or... you could do your job as a parent and actually *watch* your kids? It's such a foreign concept I know.

Prince Vegeta : Johnny Johnny Yes Papa? Scaring Children? No papa

Huntley Cantin : kids won’t remember that urge to get home from school to watch the new episode of dragon tales, clifford, or arthur. this is so sad, alexa play despacito

RyanNickelsPK : its not that hard to be a responsible parent... our 3 year old has an ipad he watches youtube kids with and we noticed really early on that there was some messed up stuff showing up on the videos. Immediately we set a lock and filter on the app to ONLY allow videos from channels that we have approved. So video content from real creators of childrens content like Dave and Ava, Blippi, Little Baby Bum, Pocoyo, etc, are the ones that show up on his playlist. occasionally we come across a new channel with appropriate content like Baby Bus and Tayo and we add them to the list. Havent had any troubles since.

Godo : He didn’t even bother talking about how the oddly sexual and violent videos are all made by certain channels that may or may not be fetish conditioning for children and not just an inside joke made by trolls

Maxatal : Early Gen Z (1995-2005) got off lucky with this stuff, they’re too old. Can’t say the same about Late Gen Z (2006-2012) though.

Ludmila Marešová : I am genuinely scared of what will the next generation turn out to be like because the consequences of their parents' irresponsibility can be much more serious.

Diya Densil Nellissery : Kid said “Don’t forget to subscribe” Thinking it was a way of saying goodbye **BOI**

Brittany Barber : If you think your small child who is mindlessly clicking the next video based on the icon has not come by an inappropriate video then you are not paying attention.

[gingerbread]-snoopii : finally someone made a damn video about this

The Student Official : So glad my parents provided me with a full rack of children books and encyclopedia.

Jate Naigelh : When i was 6 stepped on a colony of ants physically and my foot hurt so much And now kids are just watching hitler in a bikini fighting a skeleton

D3VC0N1 : When will Ted come to the TED talk? I'm waiting.

The Student Official : Dear my beloved son Jonathan. Yes, my paternal figure? Are you currently consuming the crystalline substance of glucose? Father, i can confirm that is the most untrue Just speak the truth you stinky baby

Zodayn : This is something a lot of parents should be really wary off. I wouldn't say that you shouldn't let young children use YouTube at all. But don't let them alone with it. Use it as bonding and curate the videos. A tablet isn't a babysitter.

superWTF64lol : I will *never* understand why some parents find it more appealing to let their kids watch these kids videos instead of traditional cartoons Like, what's the point? Sure, there are vulgar cartoons too, but there are also literally decades of material to work with that are just as easily accessible too. And, to top it all off, traditional cartoons are a million times better too! When the parent enjoys watching a show with their kids, it's always a good sign, but with this YouTube stuff? Generic characters, awkward computer animation, lesson or moral of story isn't interesting, feels like you are being brainwashed from just watching, feels forced and doesn't have any soul, etc. I mean, why would anybody think its better to let kids watch that instead of traditional cartoons? Edit: Ok, sure, these videos ARE easier to find because they get plastered all over the kids section, unlike traditional cartoons because of reasons like copyright. However! I've seen snippets of cartoons all over YouTube, from the Flinstones to Pokemon to Cartoon Network to whatever kids are watching nowadays, I've been around the block on this website for years.) All I'm saying is that parents should look for these cartoons instead of instantly choosing what they see on the kids section (Just type into the search bar, its literally one extra step)

Anuojat : Permissive parenting isint loving. Its lazy and neglectful. Using your phone instead of talking and chatting with your kid on the bus/car drive is truly sad affair that this is the hole left where BONDING ought to be.

Rain Aqua : Families nowadays are becoming less intimate and the parents I observe around me are busy with something else and find their children's whining and attention-grabbing activities mostly bothersome so these parents just give their phone. My younger cousins spend more time with their phone than with their parents. I am guilty of holding my phone as often, too. But because I am conscious... i learn to put it away when I am with my family... However, its becoming a trend to keep the kids busy on the phone, letting them get used to looking at the screen than paying attention to their environment. So you tube isn't at fault with what kids watch... its the parents who let their kids aimlessly stream them. You tube is a tool... Parents are the agent we need to inform and mobilize.. (which is seriously difficult and highly subjective to how much these parents care)

starter 1261 : its gotten bad enough to where TED themselves are talking about the videos. jesus.

Taka Brute : Say it with me people: CONTROL. WHAT. YOUR. KIDS. WATCH. PERIOD. Because a few people have commented on this with absolutely no critical thinking skills: this comment, and this video, where made in concern for toddlers. In case you dont know what those are, toddlers are defined as little people between the ages of 2-4. The face that people couldn't figure this out boggles my mind. Im not talking about pre-teens or teens, im talking about the kids who CAN BARELY WALK AND TALK. And so was this guy.

TobyCat : I found my nephews (age 9 and 4) watching “Infinite Lists” on YouTube on their father’s phone on Saturday morning (while mom and dad were still sleeping). The older nephew said dad had given him the password once, and he’d never forgotten it. Grandma arrived, heard the host’s voice, and said, “turn that off; he talks about random things, and when he brought up Pennywise, the kids had nightmares.” Which the older nephew denied. He begged me throughout my visit to let him watch that channel on my iPad, but I refused. Seems like everything made for kids these days is mind numbingly stupid.

- - : We’re surrounded by children, who since they were born, watch us living like robots, and think it’s the norm. It’s not very likely you will make world’s greatest mom nor dad, if you can't entertain a child without a using an iPad.

Chantal Said : Every generation has something. I mean, there was a time when books were thought to rot your mind (or radio, or Tv etc). But I don't agree with children having cellphones or unlimited access to tablets. I see a lot of toddlers sitting in shopping carts, playing with their parents phone to keep them quiet. You can't 100% keep kids from all technology. They are growing up in a world where technology is moving fast, so they have to be able to keep up. But watching hours of garbage TV and YouTube videos isn't teaching them anything.

Springlock Gamer : When was little, I watched SpongeBob, Nick Jr, and PBS kids. Little Kids these days are really missing out...

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

The Student Official : 8:03 top left You pick the wrong house, *_P O O H_*

Aamna Here : I am in my mid 20s and grew up not just without ipads and the internet but also without a cell phone. The first time I got a nokia one was when I was 18. I can't imagine giving my child an ipad or a phone when they are toddlers. People think it makes them smarter but it doesn't. It just makes them sharper and reduces their attention span. I have seen 2 years old's attached to their iPads as if their lives depended on them and the parents gave it to them to have more uninterrupted time for themselves or to quieten a crying baby. No matter how interesting and informative some stuff can be for them, it's more important to encourage them to befriend books, playing outside and getting their hands dirty, drawing, camping, hiking, traveling, cooking, swimming, learning to dance, cuddling and interacting with friends and grandparents. They'll grow up to be healthier individuals than perpetually hunching over an IPad jumping from one video to another which actually makes a child and even adults sometimes, not appreciate and have fun with what they have seen but anxious to watch 'more'. In the quest of more and more, we forget to enjoy the small happy moments in life. It's not just about lack of monitoring but the activity itself that's unhealthy to rely upon at such an impressionable age.

WetDroiD Edition : This guy is scared about what kids are watching now. He is right. Time ago I was scared about what this guy generation watch when they were kids. I was right too.

Volkan Yakar : As a parent of a 2 year old who is living in one of the world's biggest metropoles I can say that keeping the kids away from YouTube is nearly impossible, but that does not mean that you should leave your baby unattended and exposed uncontrollably to YouTube. Me and my wife try our best to erase histories frequently, observe the content, create own playlists. As soon as we hear something different we are alarmed and close enough to intervene. I believe parents have their parts as well in this game....

Are You Thicc? : -Kids- Parents these days

Wombat : When I was younger, my mom didn’t allow my brother and I to watch YouTube, despite both him and I thinking we were old enough to handle whatever the internet could throw at our young faces. I’m glad now that she enforced that rule.

Tallulah The Conquerer : I was a child YouTube user in 2008. It wasn’t very kid-friendly. I think I watched a lot of cat videos and satire on the 2008 election, which I wanted to understand. I also wanted to know why everybody was so focused on this Osama Bin-Laden guy...

Liz Skelton : Yes my daughter loves these videos ( she’s 2 1/2) she’s not allowed to watch them anymore, because some of these give her naughty ideas. She dumped a whole jar of change on the floor and in her doll house, because they did something similar on the YouTube shows.

Mr Orc Shaman : This is why, and I've said it many times on forums or other youtube videos, the fact youtube keeps trying to push this platform as some family friendly thing, and how their trying to cut away all original creators from putting things up on the platform because 'oh won't somebody please think of the children!', the fact youtube allows this crap as mentioned here to keep being put up, but silences content made for an adult audience, says how out of touch youtube is with its own audience. Youtube was made by people, for people, it wasn't made by a company or brand with intent to sell to children or other such demographics.

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.

Jessica Syms : Why isn’t YouTube doing anything

吉大森 : This video was one part eye opening and one part infuriating. It's pretty obvious he's advocating for a "direct democracy" kind of solution and a sort of moral enforcement via the collective for a greater good and all that. He's clearly a collectivist. He also probably falls into that group of people that are absolutely convinced that they have the right to tell parents what they can and can't do with their kids and that the government (or the "village") knows better than the parent. He isn't wrong in pointing out the harmfulness of videos that basically have little to know intellectual or artistic value, or worse have intentionally harmful content. He isn't wrong about the "mindlessness" of the algorithm and all that stuff. But ironically he wants the village to decide what kids should or shouldn't have....while failing to recognize, it was the village that created the weirdness of youtube. The antidote isn't more of the same system....it's less, obviously. INDIVIDUAL responsibility that is, PARENTAL involvement and supervision and intervention are the keys. My kids watch youtube sometimes, but I always know what they watch. I let them control it, but I supervise. Also I don't think he's familiar with how children work. My 2 year old figured out how to operate the remote and now that he is 4 we can discuss what he wants to watch, that he needs to take turns with his 2 year old brother, and they can explain which show is more or less interesting and why. They both have naturally gravitated towards shows with narratives and intellectual stimulation and quickly grew bored of the repetitive kinder egg stuff. Maybe if parents played with their kids more and were a bigger source of novelty than electronic media, perhaps this would simply be a non issue. Our kids ALWAYS prefer hanging out with my wife and I over watching TV or playing with a tablet because they know whatever we do is way more exciting. We go on walks, go to parks, gyms, restaurants, bookstores, go kart tracks, rivers, airports, mountains, the bay, over bridges, to look at ponies, and on and on and on. The world we show them is infinitely more interesting than the confined one ont he electronic screen. Full disclosure: I'm a full time stay at home dad. I think one parent should be a stay at home parent. Don't care which one, but someone should be there with them if at all possible.

Maxatal : The worst thing on YouTube when I was a young kid was stickfight battles made on flipnote or free club penguin scams

Ikcatcher : The sad reality that kids are being exploiting for ad revenue and YouTube cares more about banning a channel because someone punched a feminist in Red Dead Redemption 2

Leotardoification : Leaving your kid with an ipad and youtube is no different than the days of leaving your kid with a tv with cable; it can very quickly go from Cartoon Network to horror and adult movies. Keep an eye out on your kids and manage their screen time!

Lucy K.L : Some people are saying 'oh gen Z will be so *insert insult*.' while that is true to an extent, there are a lot of gen Z kids that don't watch those stuff. I never watched that kind of stuff, I watched stuff like Stampy and other stuff. There will be strange kids because they watched that stuff, but there are loads of people that didn't watch that stuff. Other than that, I totally I agreed with everything in this video.

Commenter Number One : I can't stand those creepy computer generated marvel ones (usually Spiderman is the lead running around) that play skip to my lou on repeat for 30 minutes!

The main cause of warps in all of reality : _"I guess when you want kids beaten, you gotta do it yourself"_

Sehrinur Sucu : I can def recognise the crazy autoplay stuff. That's why I turn autoplay off. And I watch the video's with them. So I know what they are watching and listening to. This channel called little angels. Seemd nice and educational also. But suddenly became sexual in the middle of some of the video's. So I blocked it. You need to be very carefull. I try not to let them watch, but in the end it is inevitable. The best you can do is supervise I think...

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

AJuliaH : Not everything is bad about YouTube kids. My son learned his ABC’s, how to count, shapes, and colors. He just turned 4 and he can already read and write. He is now beginning to understand addition and subtraction. A lot of it has to do with watching repetitive things over and over. I know he probably just has a natural gravitation towards educational things but I’m not sure he would learn as much without YouTube kids. But he does like to watch some of the weird opening eggs videos and stuff sometimes. And he absolutely does get bored of his tablet at times. Just watch your kids. Pay attention.

General Jackson : I think that the better question is: "What isn't wrong with the internet?"

Caleb Fischer : This video is literally making me gag. I can't... I just...

SeaRose : By the way, you tube itself seems to intentionally put intensely disturbing and frighten Ads on childrens videos. Slasher movie trailers do not need to run on Mister Rogers episodes....yet that isn't the result of gaming the algortihms...that is intentional choice by YouTube to expose children to anything and everything via Ads.