The Next Web: YouTube’s ‘child safe’ app is crawling with videos advocating suicide, murder, and sexual exploitation

The Next Web: YouTube’s ‘child safe’ app is crawling with videos advocating suicide, murder, and sexual exploitation. “YouTube Kids is supposed to be the kid-friendly choice for discerning parents. It’s devoid of the conspiracy theories and misinformation that runs rampant on the main site and features cute and cuddly kids programing tailored to the youngest of children. It’s supposed to be inoffensive, a solution for parents needing 10 minutes to shower, or some distraction that allows them to prepare dinner. Parents though, are increasingly learning that this isn’t always the case.”

Tubefilter: YouTube Facing Lawsuit That Alleges Toy Unboxing Videos Are “Abusive Advertising Practices” Aimed At Children

Tubefilter: YouTube Facing Lawsuit That Alleges Toy Unboxing Videos Are “Abusive Advertising Practices” Aimed At Children. “A Brazilian lawsuit filed against YouTube’s owner Google is raising questions about whether toy unboxing videos are manipulating kids — and whether similar suits could eventually be filed in the U.S., citing laws that prohibit aggressive marketing to children.”

AdAge: Kidfluencers’ Rampant YouTube Marketing Is A Minefield For Google

AdAge: Kidfluencers’ Rampant YouTube Marketing Is A Minefield For Google. “Since it was founded in 2005, YouTube has operated beyond the reach of rules that govern advertising on traditional television. But the site has grown so large and influential that the days of light-touch regulation may soon be over. Kids’ programming is where the crackdown is most likely. The problem with sponsored content is that it’s not always clear what’s an ad. Kids are particularly vulnerable to being manipulated by paid clips that masquerade as legitimate content. On TV, the ground rules are clearer: Ads come when the show takes a break.”

Lifehacker: How Kids Are Using Google Docs to Bully Each Other

Lifehacker: How Kids Are Using Google Docs to Bully Each Other. “As a parent, you might walk past your child’s room and see her happily typing away on a Google Docs page. ‘Lovely!’ you think. ‘She’s probably working on her science report or finishing up her essay on the rise of RBG.’ Or, she could be in a secret chat room.”

EurekAlert: New study highlights the influence social media has on children’s food intake

EurekAlert: New study highlights the influence social media has on children’s food intake . “New University of Liverpool research, published in Pediatrics, highlights the negative influence that social media has on children’s food intake. Current research shows celebrity endorsement and television advertising of unhealthy foods increases children’s intake of these foods. However, children are increasingly exposed to marketing through digital avenues, such as on social media, and the impact of marketing by YouTube video bloggers (vloggers) on these outcomes has, until now, not been known.”

CNN: Instagram is leading social media platform for child grooming

CNN: Instagram is leading social media platform for child grooming. “More children are being groomed on Instagram than on other social media platforms, new figures suggest, leading to calls for tech companies to face stronger child welfare regulations. Overall, police in England and Wales have recorded more than 5,000 cases of online grooming since having sexual communications with a child became a crime in April 2017, child protection charity the NSPCC found.”