YouTube acts to get scary Peppa Pig videos away from kids

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There are lots of violent and nasty spoof videos out there

Spoof Peppa Pig videos

With Peppa and George drinking bleach, or taking part in shoot-outs, these spoof Peppa Pig videos are definitely not for kids.

And now YouTube is acting to try and make sure they don’t end up being easily available to children.

YouTube’s Kids app for mobile phones and tablets is supposed to provide a safe environment for children to find age-appropriate videos on.

But some disturbing videos featuring children’s characters in freakish, violent or sexual situations have been slipping through the cracks, reports the Daily Mirror.

Now YouTube is adopting a new policy that it says will do more to prevent this kind content from appearing on YouTube Kids.

YouTube’s director of policy, Juniper Downs, said: “Earlier this year, we updated our policies to make content featuring inappropriate use of family entertainment characters ineligible for monetisation.

“We’re in the process of implementing a new policy that age restricts this content in the YouTube main app when flagged. Age-restricted content is automatically not allowed in YouTube Kids. “

She added: “The YouTube team is made up of parents who are committed to improving our apps and getting this right.”

YouTube’s policy for age-restricted content states that, as part of determining if videos should be blocked from YouTube Kids, moderators will evaluate vulgar language, violence and disturbing imagery, nudity and sexually suggestive content, and the portrayal of harmful or dangerous activities.

YouTube will be age-restricting content on its main channel when it is flagged that it features adult themes but is potentially targeted at families through the use of family friendly characters.

Age-restricted content is automatically not allowed in YouTube Kids – if it’s age-restricted, it removes this content from being considered for YouTube Kids at all.

However, the system also relies in part on parents to flag any content that is inappropriate for children.

And parents have been given new tools to help stop the content getting through.

YouTube Kids now has a new setup process that gives parents and guardians more detailed information about what content to allow access to in the app.

Users also can set up to eight profiles for individual children, and the design of the YouTube Kids app will change based on a kid’s age. For example, younger kids will get less text, while older kids will get more content on the home screens.

The app also lets parents block access to individual videos, disable search, and set usage time limits.

The YouTube Kids app is currently available in 37 countries and has more than 11 million weekly active viewers, according to the Google-owned video platform. To date, it has generated more than 70 billion views.

However, since launching in February 2015 , the app has been criticised for lacking controls to restrict kid-unfriendly videos, as well as allowing commercially-oriented content targeted at kids.

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