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Brittany Mendoza
February 27, 2019

She said a man known as Filthy Frank was edited into the video and was actually teaching kids how to slit their wrists and commit suicide. I immediately turned off the video.

In a blogpost she described what she saw: "Four minutes and forty-five seconds into the video, a man quickly walked on to the screen, held his arm out, and taught the children watching this video how to properly kill themselves". YouTube also attempted to crack down on these videos following a number of reports about the videos.

According to the Mirror, he said: "Children can find it hard to stand up to peer pressure but they must know it's perfectly okay to refuse to take part in crazes that make them feel unsafe or scared". Flagged videos are manually reviewed 24/7 and any videos that don't belong in the app are removed.

In response to Hess' allegations, YouTube said in a statement that it works to make the videos on YouTube Kids family-friendly and takes feedback seriously. The YouTube spokesperson further added: "We appreciate people drawing problematic content to our attention, and make it possible for anyone to flag a video". YouTube said last month it was rebuilding its recommendation algorithm to prevent it from prompting videos that include conspiracy theories and other bogus information, though the videos would remain on the site.

Hess, a pediatrician, put out a call to action to different groups to report the video to get it removed from the site. She recorded it, wrote about it and reported the content to the video-sharing platform, she said. The clipping is from Frank's earlier video titled "If you're feeling suicidal you've come to the right place", which has now been taken down.

YouTube Kids has previously come under fire for failing to curate content on the platform correctly, Business Insider reported a year ago that conspiracy theory videos were prominent on the platform.

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Nadine Kaslow, a former president of the American Psychological Association, told The Washington Post that taking down the videos won't be enough.

A video inspired by the "Minecraft" game depicted a school shooting, she said.

Most importantly, she says, parents need to team up with each other to combat this problem. The challenges have been linked to two children's deaths a year ago and are still available on YouTube and Instagram.

"Parents should talk with their children and emphasise that they can make their own choices and discuss ways of how to say no".

YouTube also said, "We've also been investing in new controls for parents including the ability to hand pick videos and channels in the app. There needs to be messaging-this is why it's not okay".

If you have thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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