Self-harm clips hidden in kids' cartoons

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During one cartoon, a man appeared on the screen giving instructions on how to commit suicide, she told the Washington Post.

In that video, a man appears four minutes and 45 seconds into the video.

She campaigned to have the clip removed but found this month that it had resurfaced on the site, apparently hidden in the middle of a cartoon.

YouTube spokesperson Andrea Faville told the Washington Post the company works to ensure it is "not used to encourage risky behaviour" saying it has "strict policies" prohibiting videos which promote self-harm.

In a statement to the network, a YouTube spokesperson explained that the company relies "on both user flagging and smart detection technology" to find inappropriate content.

A Florida mother said she has found clips on YouTube and YouTube Kids that gave children instructions on how to kill themselves.

"He showed me an image of the [Momo] face on my phone and said that she had told him to go into the kitchen drawer and take out a knife and put it into his neck", Dixon told the newspaper.

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The Manchester Evening News reported that a primary school in the United Kingdom sent out a warning to parents saying, "These video clips are appearing on many social media sites and YouTube (including Kids YouTube)". YouTube told WFTX the video violates its community guidelines, and a spokesperson said in part, "We work hard to ensure YouTube is not used to encourage risky behavior, and we have strict policies that prohibit videos which promote self-harm".

"But I am also relieved that I was there to see this video with my own eyes, so that I could take the appropriate actions to protect my family", an anonymous "physician mother" said after discovering suicide tips suddenly appear out of nowhere while watching cartoons with her son. She recorded it, wrote about it, and reported the content to the video-sharing platform, she said. However, PediMom was eventually able to get it removed from YouTube Kids.

Hess, who is a pediatrician, alerted YouTube to pull down the video, and she said it took about a week for the firm to take it down. Well, it's time for you to stay vigilant as multiple reports suggest suicide tips are being stashed in kids' content on YouTube and YouTube Kids.

Nadine Kaslow, a past president of the American Psychological Association, told The Post that it is a "tragic" situation in which "trolls are targeting kids and encouraging kids to kill themselves".

"There are many more videos out there with inappropriate content but they can be hard to spot prior to being viewed".

It added that such content "could be extremely unsafe if children copy what they see". Kids are young to understand the consequences and it would be too late before parents realise it. "There needs to be messaging-this is why it's not okay".

For confidential support in the United States call the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255.

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