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Securing Your Kids - The Dangers of PewDiePie

PewDiePieAs part of #CyberAware month, we are going beyond just helping secure organizations but also focusing on parents and kids. On Wed, 14 Oct we hosted our webcast Securing Your Kids as part of #CyberAware month. We explained the top threats to kids today and what you can do to help keep them safe and secure online. Ultimately our goal is to enable the use of technology for kids, not ban it. There was a great question at the end of the webcast. A parent was concerned about their 10 year old watching YouTube videos on gaming. Yes, this is a huge thing. Kids not only spend hours playing videos games but watching YouTube how other kids play games. As a father of three boys (6, 12 and 15) I can definitely confirm this trend. So I asked my boys what they thought about the question, do they feel it's a problem? They did, and here's why.

  • Both of my older boys confirmed this is huge. They both agreed this was even popular with tweens age 10-12.
  • These videos can be extremely adult natured. There can be a huge amount of swearing, sexual innuendo or violence. A perfect example is PewDiePie's channel. He has 40 million subscribers, including kids.

This is a good example of one of the biggest challenges we as parents face. YouTube, just like the Internet, has a wealth of information and great resources for learning. But it has alot of unacceptable content also. First and foremost, as we covered in the webcast, education is your best weapon. You have to make sure your kids understand the risks of using technology, and what the rules are. Yes you can filter YouTube videos (check out Restricted Mode, which Google used to call Safety Mode) but you have to enable this on every browser type for every device a child is using, perhaps even YouTube on your TV. Even then, what happens when they are at friends' houses, Grandparents, download a different app, etc.

Technology can help, but ultimately talking to your children, and them talking to you is key. Don't think you need to get involved in your kids' online activities? Check out what their friend Mr. PewDiePie is up to.

3 Comments

Posted October 27, 2015 at 11:55 AM | Permalink | Reply

Caroline Black

This is really important, especially seeing at YouTube and YouTubers are more popular than ever. I read recently YouTubers are some of the biggest social influencers which I can well believe. We need to keep our youngsters as safe as possible.

Posted November 2, 2015 at 3:47 PM | Permalink | Reply

Coy

One option that Google has introduced to assist is YouTube Kids app ''" on a tablet it is a great option to narrow the content my kids see.

Posted November 9, 2015 at 3:41 PM | Permalink | Reply

lspitzner

Very cool, I did not know about this one. I just did a quick search on "YouTube Kids" app and found it for both Android and iOS. Good find Coy