What could be lurking on YouTube Kids: Sex, drugs, violence and more

Google, which owns YouTube, does not allow content featuring themes inappropriate for minors, such as sex, violence, suicide or drugs, on YouTube Kids.
Google, which owns YouTube, does not allow content featuring themes inappropriate for minors, such as sex, violence, suicide or drugs, on YouTube Kids.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Mr Azman spends a lot of time watching children's cartoons such as Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig and Ben 10. He watches these videos on YouTube Kids, the child-friendly mobile app of the popular streaming platform YouTube, not out of interest, but to protect his four-year-old son Nabil.

"What if he ends up watching a video telling him to kill himself, or what if porn suddenly shows up? It might start with a friendly cartoon, but something bad can appear," says the 35-year-old software educator, who declined to reveal his full name.

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