US Mum shares a shocking warning about young kids using YouTube and online gaming.
Meridy Leeper took to Facebook to share her warning.
“This is an exceptionally hard thing for me to post. I’ve thought long and hard about this. I’ve decided it’s way too important not to bring awareness to other parents. This is not up for criticism. I only want to let all parents know what to watch for….
“Kids youtube, roblox, fortnight… no matter how much you think you are monitoring your child.. notifications to what your child is watching.
“It doesn’t matter. My 7 year old child was taught how to attempt suicide by kids youtube and these games. She has expressed that she doesn’t feel neglected or unloved. Instead, she was constantly told to ‘go kill yourself’ by other gamers, by kids youtube. Shown HOW to.
“Sunday night, she had a full blown anxiety attack. Which I held her and sang to her while she got through it. Monday, she drew this in school.
“This is a VERY real danger! I NEVER thought I would find myself helping my SEVEN YEAR OLD CHILD through an anxiety attack.
“PLEASE, keep your children away from these things.
“I’m just so glad my child was able to express her feelings before she actually tried to harm herself.
“I never thought something as ‘innocent’ as kids youtube would have these subliminal messages. Again, I’m only sharing our experience in the hopes to prevent another child going through this.”
Her post has received over 129,000 shares and over 30,000 comments
The Cyber Safety Lady also shared Meridy’s post:
“This is very distressing. YouTube Kids should not have any content on it that has these messages. I personally have not seen anything like this but YouTube Kids has a lot of user generated content.
“It is important to curate the videos your younger child watches on YouTube Kids and switch off suggestions and search.
“Unfortunately YouTube Kids looks like it is safe out if the box, but it isn’t, parents must supervise and set the parental controls.
The Cyber Safety Lady advises parents, “It is always safer to have kids watch only high quality video from recognised providers like ABC Kids, Nickelodeon and Disney.”
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