Exploring the darker side of children's YouTube

There has been a growing trend on YouTube and the YouTube Kids app, which we believe may present a serious and immediate danger to our youth.

Tens of thousands of videos targeted toward children contain not just adult topics, but an apparent checklist of degenerate themes.

Recurring themes include:

  • Dismemberment
  • Kidnapping
  • Scat and urine fetishism
  • Drug injections
  • Pregnancy and abortions
  • Learned helplessness

To be clear, this is not a case of adult videos being misidentified as child friendly. Nor is this a case of kids straying from the confines of the YouTube kids section. These videos are being curated towards children. The content creators use search terms which would commonly be searched for by a child or a parent who is planning on entertaining their kid with YouTube.

The suspicious videos are disguised as innocent education and superhero videos.

As our research team continues to connect the dots, we worry the children that are still being exposed to these videos may be afflicted by lasting trauma. The themes, tactics and repetition these videos exhibit cause us to believe there may be an active attempt at grooming on a mass scale. We have an ongoing video series on our YouTube channel, so you can follow along with our research.