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>probably mostly bollocks
I don't think "there's disturbing stuff on YouTube that kids shouldn't watch that slips through the family filter" is a particularly controversial statement.
>the internet is a pretty hostile environment for the underdeveloped brain.
I am inclined to agree. When I was a young'un, "bad parents" used the TV as a babysitter, but that content (while mostly vacuous junk) was heavily moderated, with the watershed etc. The web, particularly with no filter on it, is a completely unsuitable place for children. I wouldn't trust child filters on tablets (or on other devices/platforms) to do their job either, frankly. I'm old enough to remember Compuserve trying to create what was essentially a whitelist of the web; naturally, it was a failure, but the alternative, a blacklist, is doomed to failure also. Short of China-esque censorship (untold tens of thousands of workers trawling for and blocking "wrong" content) I just don't see how it's practical to filter the web effectively, and the only way to truly moderate it is to monitor your child's use of it as much as possible. Obviously, many parents are too lazy to do this. There's a lot of content out there that is not explicitly "adult" but is still unsuitable for kids. I'm thinking of tumblr, reddit (r/radical_feminists, theredpill, the_donald, and so on), and countless similar sites, blogs etc. that I don't know about that have really fucked up stuff on them. Even if you've got a strict filter in place, there are many sites like this one that probably make it through purely by virtue of obscurity (no offence meant, purps), which children have no business browsing. There's also the more worrying social media/chatroom issue where kids may be groomed or otherwise directly in contact with adults with no moderation or supervision.
But I have absolutely no idea what to do about it. You can't make bad parents become good parents. You can't stop kids from evading content filters when they're on tablets or phones in their room. Even parents who do make the effort can't police everything their child sees online - a friend of mine related to me how his 9-year-old daughter had been looking for Pokemon stories, and had stumbled onto an adult fanfic site that made it through the parental controls he's set up, and if you couldn't guess, there are in fact a lot of people who are really into the idea of Pokemon fucking. She was upset and confused, he duly blocked the site and saw the funny side of it (cracked a joke about "Squirtle"). It gave me pause for thought, though, because this kind of thing must be happening to just about every kid who has regular access to the web.
I'm probably being a bit of a Mary Whitehouse about this, and I'm sure most kids will grow up fine regardless of what they read or see online at an early age, but nevertheless I do find it a bit worrying. For better or for worse, it's certainly different to what we had.
(I'll stop my hand-wringing there.)