In February 2019, Hess said she saw the same disturbing clip on YouTube. Worse, she says "looking back at the comments it appears that people began reporting this video approximately 8 months ago, yet it is still able to be viewed".
Hess said she also found videos glorifying not only suicide but sexual exploitation and abuse, human trafficking, gun violence and domestic violence.
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In her post, shared in the Love Westhoughton Facebook group, she said: "When I collected him from school the teacher asked to talk to me". "One suggested video was an hours-long lecture by Icke in which he claims that aliens built the pyramids, that the planet is run by reptile-human hybrids, that Freemasons engage in human sacrifice, that the assassination of President Kennedy was planned by the U.S. government, and that humans would evolve in 2012".
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"So anything that's not curated by the parent, we can not just assume they are not going to be viewing things that are 100 percent safe", said Rogers-Wood.
Hess stated that she doesn't believe that YouTube is doing enough to curate the YouTube Kids platform and protect younger viewers from adult-themed content.
'We have to start doing something NOW and we should start by educating ourselves, educating our children, and speaking up when we see something that is unsafe for our children'. "Let's come together and find a solution", she wrote.
According to the Washington Post, Andrea Faville, a spokesperson for YouTube, said that the company is working to make sure that its platform is "not used to encourage risky behavior and we have strict policies that prohibit videos which promote self-harm".
YouTube also said, "We've also been investing in new controls for parents including the ability to hand pick videos and channels in the app".
For support in the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255.
For confidential support in the United Kingdom call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details. To learn how to help someone in crisis, call the same number.