‘Johny Johny Yes Papa’ videos reveal inappropriate side of Youtube Kids

Claire Gelhaus, Editor

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The Youtube Kids app is becoming a sort of automated babysitter, queuing up seemingly infinite amounts of videos, all with clickbait-y titles with the word ‘toy,’ tricking kids into watching their weird CGI nursery rhymes. The channel ‘Billion Surprise Toys’ is one example, making headlines and Twitter feeds from their “Johny Johny Yes Papa” memed video.

  There’s thousands if not millions of versions of every nursery rhyme imaginable on the app, and with many remixes and parodies. The “Johny Johny Yes Papa” videos are a tiny sliver of what there is to offer.

  Since the app’s release in 2015, parents have reported beloved Disney and Nickelodeon characters shown possessed, dying, and in provocative poses.  Creators profit every time the Youtube Kids app shows it through a sticky iPad, because the videos start and are intermingled with ads.

  In an interview for the New York Times, Youtube’s global head of family and learning content, Malik Ducard, said that content for Youtube Kids is continually monitored  by a process that is “multilayered and uses a lot of machine learning,” even after videos go through an algorithm determining if they are appropriate. However, some slip through the filter.

  In Nov. 2017, Youtube started a broader search for disturbing kids’ content, deleting the channel “Toy Freaks.” The channel was one of the top 100 most viewed channels on youtube, and featured a single dad and his two daughters “in gross-out situations, as well as activities which many, many viewers feel border on abuse and exploitation, if not cross the line entirely, including videos of the children vomiting and in pain,” according to blogger James Bridle, who wrote about the trend of disturbing kid-targeted YouTube content in a post on Nov. 6, 2017.  

  Of course, viewed through the adult lens anything marketed towards children will be flawed and repetitive, but the videos captivating children for hours have no plot.

‘Surprise Egg’s’ also get an audience, from a craze where the only thing that happens during excruciatingly long videos is the opening of Kinder Surprise Eggs. Thousands of videos are posted, and they each get millions of views.

   Even more adults unbox toys, play with Orbeez or Kinetic Sand or slime, or make channels for their own children.

  One example of this is the channel “Doh Much Fun,” which has too many colorful eclectically thumbnailed videos to count, and almost 2 million subscribers. They’re all part of a series called ‘Chase’s Corner’ in which Chase does all kinds of challenges and videos, all edited and profited on by his mother.  


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