Over the last week or so, there have been articles (i.e., New York Times) about disturbing and inappropriate YouTube videos aimed at young children. Sarah Buhr has published a very informative article summarizing the situation in TechCrunch (“YouTube implements new policy to flag inappropriate videos targeted at children”; techcrunch.com; November 10).

As Ms. Buhr writes, YouTube is now implementing a new process that will — hopefully — stop young children from being able to access in the main YouTube app these types of videos. The videos have ranged from just being odd or strange to truly disturbing. As she writes, the videos have been targeted at young children using key words as well as children’s characters that are popular with them.

Parents with young children will need to double-check any YouTube videos being accessed by their children to make sure the new policy/process is in place — and more importantly, that’s it’s working.