My child watching awful things on youtube

(124 Posts)
Simba84 Tue 20-Sep-16 23:26:29

I thought I had a child block on the computer from watching inappropriate things. Have been blissfully ignorant. My 6 year old types in things to youtube like horrid henry, postman pat, paw patrol - just been viewing the things he has watched and am mortified. Yes it's Horrid Henry clips with overdubbing on them - talking about dicks, hard ons, fucking and all sorts. Paw patrol with the pups being horny or being murdered. He hasn't sworn to me yet but bloody hell. I don't want to completely block youtube. Am I a twat in not doing something already to safeguard him from this crap and if so, please tell me what to do so he is watching age appropriate stuff? He is on a total ban for now. He thinks I am mean. Don't really understand who would turn a children's cartoon into this.

FluffyWuffyFuckYou Tue 20-Sep-16 23:27:48

He's 6. He shouldn't be watching anything without you there.

Catsize Tue 20-Sep-16 23:31:36

There are some sick people out there.

My OH leaves our 2yr old and 4yr old flicking through YouTube unsupervised and it drives me bonkers as I keep saying not to for this reason. Just shown her your OP and maybe she is getting the message. But probably not.

CrepeDeChineWag Tue 20-Sep-16 23:32:00

Agree with Fluffy. You check it's ok first because unfortunately there is some dodgy stuff on there that seems innocent. I still do it with my 9 year old. Sorry but you need to take back control.

liz70 Tue 20-Sep-16 23:32:36

DD3 is 7 and only uses her tablet, including watching YT on it, in the living room with me or DH present. We can hear and see what ever she's watching at any time.

Simba84 Tue 20-Sep-16 23:38:55

I let him watch while I am cooking. I thought he was just watching cartoons sad

outnumberedismylife Tue 20-Sep-16 23:40:33

Download the YouTube kids app, it only shows child appropriate videos. It's very good.

user1474404784 Tue 20-Sep-16 23:42:45

Bafflingly, some people do do this to kids cartoons - have had problems with my younger ASD DB watching them in the past. There is a safety mode on Youtube which blocks videos deemed 18+, but unfortunately it often doesn't cover things like this because they're about "Postman Pat". hmm Defo worth enabling it when he's on there anyway.

The best thing you can do is report the videos/channels to Youtube for inappropriate content and supervise him if he wants to use it. Again, sadly you can't block a user from viewing a specific channel or video - tried to do this for DB, so the only way is through monitoring. Could he watch them on iPlayer so that he's definitely only watching the shows themselves? Or you could probably buy some episodes from iTunes/Amazon Instant Video so he doesn't even have to use the Internet to watch (though admittedly this could get quite spenny).

HeCantBeSerious Tue 20-Sep-16 23:42:51

^^this. Found out the hard way when DD clicked on a suggested Inside Out 2 video which was anything but (spotted within seconds). The kids YouTube app doesn't allow it.

celeste83 Tue 20-Sep-16 23:43:39

Yes there is a kids version of Youtube available smile

user1474404784 Tue 20-Sep-16 23:47:28

Had no idea about Kids Youtube! That sounds like the best option OP smile DB now 15 so might resist but I'll give it a go as well!

StarryIllusion Tue 20-Sep-16 23:48:12

You realise Youtube has an age restriction of 13 for a reason, right? You can't effectively filter it, it is actually impossible. Why on earth is a 6 year old on the internet unsupervised anyway? Filters don't catch even half of the inappropriate content they are supposed to, they aren't a replacement for parental supervision. I won't even let my DS (3) use a tablet for this reason. If he wants to watch cartoons that aren't on the TV I just get a pack of DVD's from the poundshop and download and burn them from youtube. Takes minutes to start off and leave it running then a couple hours later I have a good 6 hours of blessed peace and quiet shows. At least then I know what he is watching and he can't go onto anything else while I'm not looking.

m0therofdragons Tue 20-Sep-16 23:52:25

So many parents let their dc watch YouTube. Just stop it and put CBeebies on.

maddiemookins16mum Wed 21-Sep-16 00:02:54

Jeezus, stick postman pat on a DVD fgs.

Bananasinpyjamas1 Wed 21-Sep-16 00:05:31

That's shocking! My 4 year old chooses his own videos on YouTube, he has ASD and the adverts on TV drive him mad and CBeebies doesn't do it for him. I recently found out about Kids YouTube thank goodness, so he uses that and have age restrictions on everything.

Really YouTube needs to sort this out - my teenagers use it a lot and they are the ones I worry about most, too old to closely police, but too young to be exposed to the kind of stuff that seems to get through on this channel. I ban internet at night etc but still... Worrying.

JellyBelli Wed 21-Sep-16 00:05:49

At that age you should be cotnrolling what they watch. Not letting them loose onthe internet, not even the child friendly internet.

Youarenotprepared Wed 21-Sep-16 00:06:29

DD is over sensitive and hates this stuff so is actually really good at self policing. She tells me if she finds bad things. Sadly it's easy to find.

We have a rule about what channels they can watch on you tube in place. The youngest has Netflix kids.

pieceofpurplesky Wed 21-Sep-16 00:08:16

Although the dubbed Peppa Pig is rather amusing ....

ItsABanana Wed 21-Sep-16 00:39:29

I have the strict filters on youtube to hopefully stop any inappropriate content.
Seems to work so far.
I do supervise when they're on it as well though just in case.
Thing is, you just can't be sure with the internet.

ItsABanana Wed 21-Sep-16 00:44:16

Really YouTube needs to sort this out - my teenagers use it a lot and they are the ones I worry about most, too old to closely police, but too young to be exposed to the kind of stuff that seems to get through on this channel. I ban internet at night etc but still... Worrying
That's what worries me too. I love youtube, and watch stuff myself (usually cookery recipe stuff and nostalgic trips down memory lane with 80s kids theme tunes smile , however I know there can be all sorts out there.
I can watch my 9 year old, and know he's safe. When it comes to the teenager on his phone though, how can you be ABSOLUTELY sure?
Regardless of your privacy settings/monitoring.

RattieOfCatan Wed 21-Sep-16 01:08:16

It is odd isn't it? My 3yo charge watches peppa pig on YT and occasionally comes across the dubbed ones, done of them are extremely funny but definitely not appropriate for children!

Twistergeese Wed 21-Sep-16 01:14:28

BBC Iplayer is brilliant - cbbc channel or CBeebies channel - they can scroll through, find any cartoon or programme, change videos. It's like YouTube but perfectly safe. No peppa pig porn or magic surprise eggs.

outnumberedismylife Wed 21-Sep-16 06:21:19

Bananasinpyjamas1 you tube kids app does filter all the inappropriate stuff out. Unfortunately not the magic surprise egg rubbish though. Bbc iplayer kids is also very good.

Mol1628 Wed 21-Sep-16 06:29:29

I've deleted YouTube now and my son only watches it when I'm right there. He likes to watch the real train videos but he has stumbled across some awful things even with safe settings on. Swearing, videos of toys giving birth to each other, peppa pig chasing each other with needles... it's really not a good app for a child at all.

I just went cold turkey stopping him now he has Netflix kids. He moaned for a few days but has mostly stopped asking now.

StarryIllusion Wed 21-Sep-16 09:42:23

Why does YouTube need to sort it out? They're your kids, you parent them. Young teens shouldn't be on YouTube and are not actually allowed an account. There is a kids one, use that. I hate this whinging about content nowadays. Expecting isps to take responsibility for what people's children see. Uh no, you are the parent, you supervise them. Don't expect a piece of software to do it for you.

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