Parents are being warned about spoof ‘Peppa Pig’ videos on YouTube with storylines of horror and death following an investigation by the BBC which found that many YouTube clips of the famous pig can turn dark with distressing storylines.
Some YouTube channels are hosting fake versions of these popular shows and “horror parodies” that may not be picked up by parents initially.
Although the YouTube Kids app does aim to restrict such parodies, “suggested” videos can come up on the app after, said June, that can be inappropriate.
One episode features a trip to the dentist for Peppa Pig, the dentist has a giant needle and tools and there is screaming and crying. The pigs are green rather than pink during the inappropriate parts but normal Peppa then resumes after the gory added footage.
The BBC investigation found it wasn’t just ‘Peppa Pig’ that had spoof episodes with inappropriate themes. Others included Disney’s ‘Frozen’ and ‘Minions’ with storylines not suitable for children.
A spokesperson for YouTube told the BBC: ‘Flagged videos are manually reviewed 24/7 and any videos that don’t belong in the app are removed within hours.
“For parents who want a more restricted experience, we recommend that they turn off the Search feature in the app.”