BuzzFeed: YouTube Is Addressing Its Massive Child Exploitation Problem

BuzzFeed: YouTube Is Addressing Its Massive Child Exploitation Problem. “Across YouTube, an unsettling trend has emerged: Accounts are publishing disturbing and exploitative videos aimed at and starring children in compromising, predatory, or creepy situations — and racking up millions of views. BuzzFeed News has found a number of videos, many of which appear to originate from eastern Europe, that feature young children, often in revealing clothing, placed in vulnerable scenarios. In many instances, they’re restrained with ropes or tape and sometimes crying or in visible distress. In other videos, the children are kidnapped, or made to ‘play doctor’ with an adult. The videos frequently include gross-out themes like injections, eating feces, or needles. Many come from YouTube ‘verified’ channels and have tens of millions of views. After BuzzFeed News brought these videos to the attention of YouTube, they were removed.”

Stanford Medicine: New database expected to strengthen prematurity research

Stanford Medicine: New database expected to strengthen prematurity research. “A new online tool will make it easier for researchers to share many types of data from scientific studies of premature birth. The recently launched March of Dimes Database for Preterm Birth Research brings together information collected at five prematurity research centers funded by the March of Dimes, including Stanford’s.”

News-Bulletin: New Mexico Department of Health launches new website linking people with vaccine providers

News-Bulletin: New Mexico Department of Health launches new website linking people with vaccine providers. “Today, the New Mexico Department of Health Immunization Program announced the launch of two new interactive maps to help residents find a vaccination provider nearest them. One map is created specifically to help parents of children search for a Vaccines For Children provider. The other will assist uninsured adults to link to a nearby healthcare provider that offers immunizations for New Mexicans without medical insurance.”

Healio: Online, social media intervention improves infant vaccination rates

Healio: Online, social media intervention improves infant vaccination rates. “The use of a web-based, social media platform that includes blogs, discussion forums and a way for pregnant women to question health care experts about infant vaccination positively affected vaccine behaviors of parents, according to a study published in Pediatrics.”

Business Standard: UK may ban kids under 13 from social media to curb sexual abuse

Business Standard: UK may ban kids under 13 from social media to curb sexual abuse . “Under a new legislation to be debated in the UK’s House of Lords later this week, children under the age of 13 will be banned from joining Facebook and Twitter to keep them safe from child abuse on the social media platforms.”

YouTube Blog: Introducing kid profiles, new parental controls, and a new exciting look for kids, which will begin rolling out today!

YouTube Blog: Introducing kid profiles, new parental controls, and a new exciting look for kids, which will begin rolling out today!. “After talking to parents all over, we know that kids who love the YouTube Kids app are getting older and want a platform that’ll grow with them. Whether kids are watching Monster High, DC Kids, LEGO, learning their ABCs, or picking up the latest tricks in Minecraft, we want YouTube Kids to help.”