Urgent Warning About Bluey Parents Need To Know Now: ‘I Turned It Off Right Away!’
- Parents discovered a Bluey ripoff on YouTube
- It contains scenes and themes that are not suitable for children
A mother has issued an urgent warning to Bluey fans after her husband accidentally put on a very rude version of the children’s show for their daughter.
The “bootleg” version of the popular children’s show begins with Bluey and Bingo crying and, according to the horrified mother, has “weird” storylines.
“Honestly, I just turned it off as fast as I could so I don’t know what happens, but Bluey and Bingo were crying in the first scene, but it’s nothing like (Bluey). It’s on Kid’s YouTube, be careful,” she said in her post on a Bluey fan page.
The characters have been reimagined with different colors, but have the same names and animation style.
And it seems she’s not the only mom to notice the rude version of the show, which can be found on Kids’ YouTube.
Parents have raised concerns about a ripoff version of Bluey on YouTube Kids due to “inappropriate” content
A mom said she had to take down the bootleg Bluey immediately after noticing a strange scene where the Bluey and Bingo characters were crying
Others came forward saying they’d seen “strange” storylines on the fake Bluey show, including one where a character eats feces and another where the parents beat the kids.
Many urged parents to exercise caution on YouTube as there are copies of a range of popular children’s shows with “inappropriate” content, and suggested that children be closely monitored when using the video platform.
‘Has anyone seen this? My husband put it on for our daughter and it is NOT Bluey,” one woman wrote in a post to the Bluey moms Facebook group.
The videos were viewed on YouTube Kids, a free, standalone YouTube app with kid-friendly videos and parental controls that let moms and dads filter and approve certain content.
However, many parents say questionable clips slip through the cracks.
“There are so many of these animations for Bluey that are so inappropriate, I had to go through and block them all,” said one mom.
Others came forward saying they’d seen “strange” storylines on the fake Bluey show, including one where a character eats feces and another where the parents beat the kids
“Oh my god I just saw one yesterday where Bingo was eating ‘s***’ and it was the poop emoji?” I thought it was me. It was actually suggested to me,” wrote another.
“I’m not letting my kids watch this version, it’s weird and weird things happen. My three year old screamed and stopped it one day because the parents hit Bluey and Bingo and it scared him. That was the day YouTube was removed from TVs,” a third said.
One woman said she had seen copies of other shows on YouTube, including Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, Spongebob Squarepants, and Blues Clues.
“It’s ridiculous what they’re doing with children’s shows… All these shows have turned into inappropriate, poorly animated videos, it’s disgusting,” she added.
But not everyone was bothered by the replicas, with one mom saying, “I don’t know why people are freaking out. Spoofs are made of everyday shows, even children’s shows. Block your kids’ channel and that’s that.’
Is YouTube Kids really safe?
YouTube Kids is mostly safe, but there’s a small chance that kids will see nudity, violence, or just plain weird stuff, as well as ads for things like junk food.
(Common Sense Media’s) research found that 27 percent of videos viewed by children eight and under are aimed at older audiences, with violence being the most likely negative content type.
Technically, the app is a portal to the main YouTube service and uses an algorithm to filter out the adult stuff and direct the kid stuff to the app. But inappropriate videos can get past the algorithm.
Since launching the app in 2015, Google has improved its curation efforts by enlisting human monitors to personally review videos flagged as inappropriate in the main app and offering “verified” videos (viewed and approved by a human ).
On the plus side for parents, YouTube offers fair warning that children may be seeing something you don’t want them to see and you can block and report inappropriate videos.
According to the app store, YouTube Kids is for ages four and up, but Common Sense Media recommends it for ages seven and up.
Aside from the ads, commercialism, and the possibility of seeing inappropriate videos, we think it’s better to wait until kids are more mature or watch videos with your younger kids.
Source: Common Sense media