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


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

Writer and artist James Bridle uncovers a dark, strange corner of the internet, where unknown people or groups on YouTube hack the brains of young children in return for advertising revenue. From surprise egg reveals and the Finger Family Song to algorithmically created mashups of familiar cartoon characters in violent situations, these videos exploit and terrify young minds -- and they tell us something about where our increasingly data-driven world is headed. We need to stop thinking about technology as a solution to all of our problems, but think of it as a guide to what those problems actually are, so we can start thinking about them properly and start to address them, Bridle says.

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YouTube Kids is a bottomless pit of horror, either accidentally crafting endless nightmare fodder or purposefully assaulting the youth.

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Inappropriate videos have infiltrated the app, often showing popular children's characters in violent, even sexual scenarios.

What parents should know about inappropriate content on YouTube

In the wake of reports of inappropriate content on YouTube over the past year, GMA wanted to take a closer look at the site.

The Johny Johny Yes Papa Nightmare | Lessons in Meme Culture

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There might be a darker side behind children's videos on YouTube.

We investigate why these videos are so unsettling, and why meme creators are using them for inspiration on this episode of Lessons in Meme Culture.

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Are Parents Exploiting Their Kids on Social Media?

Many children growing up today will discover that their digital footprint began in utero and didn’t stop there. This phenomenon has come to be known as “sharenting”—when parents share pictures and videos of their kids on social media, creating an indelible trail of digital bread crumbs.

“Almost all parents do this to some extent,” says Taylor Lorenz, a staff writer at The Atlantic, in a new video that investigates the unintended consequences of modern parents’ tendency to overshare. Is violating children’s privacy online unethical, or is it your right as a parent?

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Kids Explain the Internet...and It's Adorable

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5 Ways to Make YouTube Safer for Kids

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When Artificial Intelligence meets the Earth | James Bridle | TEDxPatras

In a world too keen on constantly moving on- ideally, at a pace faster than the speed of light-, how does profit compeed with environmental protection when it comes to our priorities? As the climate emergency intensifies, oil and gas companies are going to ever more extreme lengths to uncover remaining reserves of fossil fuels. In Greece, this exploration programme includes targeting pristine marine environments and untouched areas of natural beauty, which are under dire threat of pollution and despoliation. Artificial Intelligence is a key tool in this exploration, and exemplifies what happens when new technological tools are turned against human interests. In his talk on the TEDxPatras 2019 stage, James Bridle explores the current state of Artificial Intelligence, its impact on Greece and the natural environment, and alternatives to our present course.

Visit TEDxPatras at James Bridle is a writer and artist working across technologies and disciplines. Their artworks have been commissioned by galleries and institutions and exhibited worldwide and on the internet. Their writing on literature, culture and networks has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Wired, the Atlantic, New Statesman, the Guardian, and the Observer. “New Dark Age”, their book about technology, knowledge, and the end of the future, was published by Verso (UK & US) in 2018, and they wrote and presented “New Ways of Seeing” for BBC Radio 4 in 2019. Their work can be found at This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Disturbing YouTube videos luring kids with popular cartoon characters

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Stop Internet Predators - Keep your Kids Safe

Now with hacking and new internet viruses be created everyday. It is becoming increasingly simple for internet hackers to hack your child's webcam on their computer and not only spy on them but also take photos and video of them.

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At what age should a child use the internet?

The growth of media has had an ever-expanding role in the lives of children, especially in terms of a child's physical and mental health. Here, Michael Rich, MD, MPH, director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children's Hospital, comments on media as a force that powerfully affects child development, health, and behavior. Paying particular attention to TV, movies, music, and video games, Rich offers perspective on common concerns over media and suggests ways to avoid the media's negative effects.

Kids say - Nightmares

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Questionable Content on YouTube Kids

Sapna Maheshwari from The New York Times talks about her research into YouTube Kids and the questionable and inappropriate content that is shown to children inside the app.
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YouTube kids: the child stars taking over

Being a YouTuber is now the most popular aspiration for children today, according to a recent survey. In 2018, the site’s highest earner was a seven-year-old American toy reviewer. But the video platform has been mired in controversy over its failure to protect children. Richard Sprenger meets some of the children plying their trade on YouTube, viral sensation Rebecca Black, and visits a Los Angeles summer camp where kids as young as six learn the tricks of the trade
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The secret life of kids on YouTube

Kids don't watch TV like they used to. They’re on YouTube.

Children’s entertainment online is wacky, full of surprise eggs, and nothing like the TV you watched as a kid. But the explosion of kids content also raises questions about how kids are advertised to on the internet.

Quartz News dives into the wild, weird world of kids on YouTube to understand how this new wave of kids’ entertainment came to be and what it might look like in the future.

We look at how the YouTube algorithm is gamed by kids videos — we watch unboxing videos, speak with, sing along withBaby Shark, look at Ryan's Mystery Playdate, visit Grace's Room, and more find there is so much more to kids' channels.


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