YouTube© technology once again proves why it is inappropriate for use in K12 schools. This time the video-sharing behemoth is under fire for suggesting videos to kids containing inappropriate comments according to a recent TechCrunch article.
As reported by TechCrunch, Matt Watson, a YouTube creator, raised the issue in a Reddit post describing how he easily found numerous videos of kids where YouTube users had posted inappropriate comments and links “below the fold” in effect creating what Wason described as a “soft-core pedophilia ring” operating on the YouTube platform.
Watson also posted a video in which he demonstrates how the YouTube suggested video algorithm directs users into what he describes as a “pedophilia wormhole,” suggesting YouTube facilitates and monetizes the exploitation of children. Watson’s findings and suggestions, along with other recent criticisms of YouTube, pinpoint why YouTube is and continues to be not appropriate for K12 video hosting.
And, as a result, according to an article on Vox, as a result, big-name advertisers such as Disney, Hasbro, AT&T are pulling their ads until YouTube can take corrective steps.
YouTube is the “wild wild west” of video hosting. Almost anyone can join YouTube and post almost anything they want. Aside from this openness, the TechCrunch article shows another sore spot for K12 – uncontrolled comments. Social media thrives on the ability of users to post comments -good, bad, ugly, vile, glowing, whatever someone wants to say or vent, they have the ability to do so. When Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook in 2004, he unleashed the vocal power of the masses to comment on other’s lives. YouTube, founded the following year, quickly followed suit. While comments can often and create a helpful dialog between viewers, there is an ugly side of commenting where people just can’t seem to help themselves from saying evil things. The anonymity of the internet emboldens people to do and say things that they would not say in person.
Fortunately, most schools still block YouTube from their networks, but many students use YouTube for video hosting when asked to create video projects by their teachers. Why? Because they are familiar with it and are not given a safe, trusted alternative by their schools. But there is an alternative – SchoolTube and we’ve been helping schools solve this problem since 2007.
Top Reasons Why SchoolTube is Best for K12 Video Sharing
On SchoolTube, teachers act as moderators to review student videos before they are allowed to be fully hosted and shared on our site. Once approved student videos can be marked a private or public, allowing them to be seen exclusively within the local school community or globally. SchoolTube is the perfect video hosting and sharing system for K12 schools; ideal for teachers to share lesson videos, students to share video productions, ideal for class productions and morning announcement programs.
Our unique moderation process, in essence, makes SchoolTube the opposite of YouTube.
- YouTube is an open system, SchoolTube is a closed system.
- YouTube allows unfiltered comments, SchoolTube blocks all comments.
- YouTube is unfocused, SchoolTube is exclusively focused on K12.
- YouTube is blocked by schools, SchoolTube is whitelisted and endorsed by schools.
SchoolTube is a free service, supported by school appropriate ads and sponsors, and an ad-free version is also available.
If you as a teacher, or your school, requires students to create and post videos, please offer them a safe, trusted alternative to YouTube. Give your students SchoolTube.