Parents Warned About Horrific 'Peppa Pig' Parody Videos On YouTube
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The words 'Peppa Pig' and 'terrifying' are never really used in the same sentence. If you have a younger sibling or are a new parent you'll know it's anything but terrifying actually - it comes to the rescue and saves lives.
Well, that is if you're child or relative is watching the real thing and not a parody video where George shoots himself or Peppa sets herself on fire with matches...
Yes, it's hard to believe someone sits at home editing this shit, happy that they're potentially going to ruin some three-year-old kid's childhood isn't it?
Some of the videos do have warnings in the title saying they're not suitable for children but the point still stands - why are these people doing it in the first place?
Now parents are being issued with warnings over the sick clips which have also shown the main character being hung.
It's very easy to mistake the videos for actual episodes on YouTube therefore many parents who use tablets or mobile phones while they're out with their children are being caught out.
Most kids watch their favourite programmes while they're travelling in the car or on public transport, at restaurants and before bedtime.
According to The Sun, one video posted on Twitter last week shows a bloodied Peppa Pig hanging by a rope from a tree.
Another clip shows Peppa's brother, George, complete with an authentic-style narration - so if you were listening in you'd be completely unsuspecting.
You can overhear him saying: "George wants to play too." as another character ignores him and says she's only going to play with Suzy Sheep. George then picks up the gun and shoots himself.
The video with George was viewed more than three million times.
The clip of Peppa setting herself alight has been watched more than 188,000 times and text alongside the video states: "Peppa likes to play with matches. Peppa lit the match. Blow it out Peppa! Peppa is dead."
What are the creators of these edited versions going to say here, it helps children learn to read?!
Giles Milton, from ParentZone, told The Sun: "Parody videos like this may seem a laugh to whoever makes them, but it can cause a great deal of upset and distress for younger children who can struggle to process what they have seen."
A YouTube spokesperson said: "We review all videos flagged by our users against our Community Guidelines. In some cases we age restrict flagged material that, while not in violation of those guidelines, contains images that may be unsuitable for younger users.
"Protecting kids and families has always been a top priority for us. Because YouTube is not for children, we've invested significantly in the creation of the YouTube Kids app to offer an alternative specifically designed for children."
But, Andy Burrows, NSPCC Associate Head of Child Safety Online, told The Sun: "YouTube has time and again claimed they will do more to protect children from traumatic videos like this, but it is still far too easy for children to come across disturbing clips featuring their favourite cartoon characters.
"The tech giants have a responsibility to protect children on their platforms."
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