Peppa Pig and Mickey Mouse may seem like safe cartoon companions for your kids, but did you know there are YouTube creators who use the image of your child’s favorite cartoon to create sexualized and disturbing videos?
If you haven’t watched the video yourself, it might not be safe for your kid. On today’s show, Stu talked about the risks of YouTube’s video suggestions. The site auto-plays related videos, so your child could watch a harmless video featuring Mickey Mouse and then get a suggestion for another clip where Mickey does disturbing things.
USA Today reported:
Some [videos] we found were age restricted, meaning they could only be viewed by signing in with a Google account, which is only available to those of 13 and older. If YouTube had identified the videos as adults-only, they should have barred anyone under 18 from viewing.
But others in this genre, with titles like “Joker has trouble braking his c— s–ing habit,” based on the Batman nemesis, “Cedric Rapes Harry,” using footage from one of the films based on the children’s novels, and “YTP Peppa Pig Plays Sexual Games” did not carry any age restriction prompt — meaning users of any age could watch them. One of the worst offenders was a ripoff of the “Let it Go” song from Frozen, with the words changed to sing crudely about a sexual act. This video had nearly 2 million views.