ERipley, on 10 August 2019 - 05:18 PM, said:
Do you mind if I ask what you learned about YouTube in those workshops? I’m aware that lots of videos aren’t what they say they are and contain horrible content, but I’m curious whether there are other reasons you have banned it?
We have had several visits to our school by one of Australia’s foremost Cyber Safety Experts, The Cyber Safety Lady.
I’ve sat through multiple presentations by her (and others over the years) to both students and parents.
Her main concern was the ability of kids to simply keep following links to highly inappropriate content, including sexual, violent and language. Those seemingly innocuous videos of others playing video games can have highly adult concepts and language.
She also expressed concern at the commercialisation that is rampant.
Another of her concerns was the lack of efficacy of the filters and restrictions.
It was actually a suggestion from her to limit kids to paid TV subscription services (Netflix kids or Foxtel Kids) and ABC apps.
I know I certainly don’t know everything about the internet and it’s pitfalls, so I take the advice of the experts.
ETA: From the Cyber Safety Lady website above in 2015:
“The popular video app YouTube is now set with an age restriction of 17+ on iTunes. This has changed fairly recently, it was set at 13+ previously. The increase in age limit on iTunes is definitely justified due to the adult content on YouTube...
YouTube Is NOT For Younger Kids!
During my parent talks I usually point out to parents that YouTube is not a safe app for younger children, and inform them that the app has a Terms Of Service restriction set at 13+. YouTube have recently also changed their terms of service suggesting YouTube is only suitable for 18years and over, unless you are an “Emancipated” minor or have parental permission. Otherwise, as many other platforms do, it must comply with COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act). As their terms of service states clearly, you cannot use the app if under 13years of age.”
How many parents realise that there is an age restriction? And that it’s 18!?!?
Edited by MrsCee, 10 August 2019 - 06:16 PM.