What parents should know about inappropriate content on YouTube

In the wake of reports of inappropriate content on YouTube over the past year, "GMA" wanted to take a closer look at the site.
4:19 | 05/08/18

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YouTube and your kids. So many children watch videos on the site, but parents are concerned about inappropriate content. So we're take agent closer look and juju Chang sat down with several families to talk about it. Good morning, Michael. Well, we found out a lot. If your kids are like mine, they are suction cupped. Literally glued to YouTube. Clicking on video after video after video. But how often do kids end up seeing something inappropriate? I spoke to kid, parents and experts and got some pretty surprising answers. ??? ??? with YouTube constantly in the news we gathered together some Philadelphia area tweens and their parents who have one thing in common. They say their kids are often hooked on YouTube. Have you ever tried to take it away. The whole thing? What's the roo he Jackson. It's the end of the world. You're ending their life. Almost all say they use some form of parental controls on their computers and mobile devices to try to limit the exposure of inappropriate content. Have any of your kids found inappropriate material on YouTube. David has and then he says he doesn't like it and he just moves on. The kids all between 10 and 13 are eager to talk about their YouTube savvy. So you know who's kid friendly and who is not. Yeah, like supermario Logan, I've watched him. He's one of my favorite channels. You're laughing. Yeah, I know who Jeffrey is. You've seen it too. Reporter: We took a closer look at Jeffrey, the puppet on supermario Logan. 35 million view, the "N" word. Racial stereotypes. Misogyny. I mean violence, it's got it all. This is not something parents would want their kids watching. Common sense media started rating youtubers this year due to overwhelming requests from parents. YouTube is the biggest pain point for parts. Common sense media calls supermario Logan your basic online nightmare rated for ages 17 and up. These kids are all 13 and younger. I watched it and it just kept reeling me in to watch more videos. It attracts kids because you wouldn't think of him as inappropriate because of the way he looks but when you actually watch him, he traps you in it. Do you think YouTube does enough to block inappropriate content for kids. No. I do not think so. Whatever is getting the most views they're like, oh, you should watch this. Reporter: YouTube recommends popular videos based on what's being watched which raises the question do kids know what's good for them? Sam, your mom said she trusts you to know what's right and wrong in terms of what you're viewing. Do you think that's the right way to go. Yeah, because like I don't watch like inappropriate videos. I don't think it's a trust thick. I think it sometimes the kids get drawn in and it's not their fault. Reporter: We showed some of our video no common sense media. Developmentally kids aren't even primed at that age to have the wherewithal to shut off YouTube. Reporter: The creator of supermario Logan told us he's lost revenue since YouTube started age rye strijding and demonetizing his videos. He also said common sense media's review was accurate regarding those old videos and that his newer ones are much cleaner in content and made for a wider audience but adds, it's ultimately the responsibility of the supervisor adults. YouTube told us their main site is for those 13 plus. We created the YouTube kids app to offer parents a safer alternative and ramped up our efforts to age-gate flagged videos on the main app that are better suited for older audiences. Now, it does say on the main site terms of service that it's not intended for children under 13 which, of course, was news to the parents we spoke with. In fact, school officials in two town, Rome, New York, and Brainerd, Minnesota, have warned parents about supermoogen Logan and they say they have tools to help and filters to block up appropriate content and its restricted mode. Tomorrow we'll look at how well they worked. They're watching one thing and a suggested video pops up and it ends up something inappropriate for children. Waving things in front of the kids.

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