Unfortunately, in this society, a lot of parents have a tendency to use their phone’s/tablets as free babysitters so that they can do the things that they want to do without the distraction of children. However, this mothers viral post reminds us all why we cannot afford to become complacent with the way we raise our children.
Avoiding screens or having your children avoid screens can be a hard thing to do. Technology is everywhere and unless you seclude yourself from the world, getting rid of it can seem impossible. A lot of parents give their young children some sort of technological device to keep them quiet while they go about their daily lives.
For most, being diligent about parental controls and monitoring what they are doing is enough to keep them safe. But, in all honesty, it is so easy to become complacent when enough time goes by issue free. Unfortunately, just because you don’t think there is a problem does not mean that there isn’t one.
A woman named Meidy Leeper recently learned that lesson the hard way. She shared with the world a disturbing post about what her 7-year-old experienced while playing online.
“This is an exceptionally hard thing for me to post,” Leeper wrote. “I’ve thought long and hard about this. I’ve decided it’s way too important not to bring awareness to other parents. This is not up for criticism. I only want to let all parents know what to watch for….”
Kids youtube, Roblox, a fortnight… no matter how much you think you are monitoring your child.. notifications to what your child is watching. It doesn’t matter. My 7-year-old child was taught how to attempt suicide by kids youtube and these games. She has expressed that she doesn’t feel neglected or unloved. Instead, she was constantly told to ‘go kill yourself’ by other gamers, by kids youtube. Shown HOW to.
She attached a photo to the post of a drawing her daughter made at school of a person hanging with a noose around their neck.
“Sunday night, she had a full blown anxiety attack,” Leeper wrote, “Which I held her and sang to her while she got through it. Monday, she drew this in school. This is a VERY real danger! I NEVER thought I would find myself helping my SEVEN-YEAR-OLD CHILD through an anxiety attack.”
Leeper concluded with a warning to parents:
PLEASE, keep your children away from these things. I’m just so glad my child was able to express her feelings before she actually tried to harm herself. I never thought something as ‘innocent’ as kids youtube would have these subliminal messages. Again, I’m only sharing our experience in the hopes to prevent another child from going through this.
YouTube is full of spam channels designed specifically to harm the minds and emotions of our children. These channels dress themselves up as kids channels and they look innocent enough, but when you take a deeper look you will find things like graphic material such as Elsa, a childhood Disney character from Frozen, intercourse with Spiderman in different videos. Other videos show Minnie Mouse cutting Mickey Mouse’s ear off… And once you dive deeper it gets so much more disturbing with videos of people teaching your children how to harm or even kill themselves.
The man quickly walked in, held his arm out, and tracing his forearm, said, “Kids, remember, cut this way for attention, and this way for results,” and then quickly walked off.
Moral of the story? Get your kids off of YouTube, it is filled with so much horror and unless you want to risk scarring your child for life or have them hurt themselves please stick to Lego’s and dress up clothes until they are old enough to assess the risks of the internet for themselves.