By: Jack Burns
In May, Maryland residents Mike and Heather Martin, temporarily had two of their children taken away by child protective services as a result of a video they made depicting their children crying as a result of what some have said was a sick stunt. The parents, who run a YouTube channel called DaddyOFive, seemed shocked when their children were removed from the home, but critics contend they abuse their children.
Unfortunately, children being depicted as unwilling participants in controversial videos has spurned a debate over what is appropriate for children, what may have been created for pedophiles, and what parents need to know. Thanks to comedian Daniel Tosh, this disturbing world of YouTube child exploitation is getting some much-needed coverage.
Home movies have been around as long as video cameras. But with the rise of child pornography, the proliferation of pedophiles, and the accompanying technology, a renewed vigilance to protect the innocence of our nation’s youth is needed.
Not only did Tosh expose this darkness, but in a recent publication by Vigilant Citizen, a disturbing discovery was made about online videos, principally located on Youtube, which depict real children in bizarre and unnatural situations. Here’s what they found.
Children with access to Youtube can be tricked into watching videos featuring their favorite Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse. Here’s Mickey getting his ears cut off by scissors.