Is YouTube good for kids - or too risky by half? The answer, like so many others in our digital world, is: "it's complicated." Here's how to navigate the world's most popular platform to keep your family happy and safe.
When your kids think YouTube, they think FUN: cartoons, jokes, music, sport and pop culture trends. When cyber-safety experts think YouTube, they think potential RISK: misinformation, connecting with strangers, inappropriate content and screen-time marathons.
So who’s right? Both, of course. The world’s most popular video sharing site, YouTube is a digital cornucopia of the best - and some of the worst - of what the internet has to offer.
Since its 2005 launch, it has attracted more than a billion monthly users. Taken together, those users watch in excess of a billion hours of videos daily, uploaded at a rate of 500 hours every minute of every day.
YouTube is no doubt a familiar presence in your family’s home - after all, it’s the second most-accessed website in the world after Google itself. But there’s probably also a lot about YouTube that you’re unaware of. For example …
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