DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR CHILDREN ARE WATCHING?
October 6, 2017 2:11pm CST
A little over a week ago, a WhatsApp contact of mine sent me a video which I found rather disturbing - cruel, vile and disgusting to say the least. I deleted it along with the particulars of that whatsapp contact who happened to be a business associate of mine. I must admit I do not know him that well but I was shocked and disappointed that he would send me such a video. After being unwilling exposed to the very dark side of the internet, I am wondering how well parents monitor what sites their children visit - is it even possible. If what I saw is an example of what can be seen with the click of a button - then it is no surprise that violence is on the increase and the moral fabric of society is rapidly decaying.
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I think there should be a minimum age for children to use the internet. Unless they're hyper-supervised, because of a school project, for example. I got my first laptop with internet access when I was 12 or 13, and yes, some things are unavoidable. Some pictures or videos can be shocking, but what worries me the most are the strangers with bad intentions a child can find. Well, a good amount of trust and dialogue towards parents really helps. Stranger says: Don't tell mum. *runs to tell mum* That was me back then.
• Johannesburg, South Africa
Thankfully I don't have children, because this world today is hair raising. But I have received some disturbing videos, also deleted them and told the people who sent them that they need serious help and deleted them too. Sorry that happened to you. All we can do is be grateful for the delete button and hope that most of the people we know are decent and don't send disturbing videos or images.
• United States
Yeah, I agree. It's horrifying some things that kids are discovering. I'm young and I'm not thinking of having kids in the next 10-15 yrs but I have no idea how it'll be then and how hard I'll have to work to manage/sensor things! It's a headache just thinking about it!
• United States
It is scary what children are exposed to. My DIL was letting her daughter (4 in December) watch videos while she combed out her wet hair after a bath and all of a sudden there was something disgusting on it. She grabbed it quickly and it was from a YouTube kids site, supposedly with vids aimed at kids. I won't say what it was but it was awful and very sick. It wasn't on long enough for my granddaughter to get a good look but now her mom pre-loads videos and music onto a certain place on her phone and locks up everything else. What a shame we have to do this but there are so many sick people in the world.
• Calgary, Alberta
Parents should install Netflix kids if they want their kids to watch something on their tablet instead of Youtube because Youtube have those Spiderman Elsa videos. Try to search Spiderman Elsa and watch one of those videos and see how inappropriate they are.