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The digital babysitter generation

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Parents are relying more than ever on digital babysitters and device-led playtime to entertain their children — and the wide range of content is making it increasingly difficult to monitor what their kids are seeing.

Why it matters: This goes beyond the old challenges of kids watching too much TV. Modern parents struggle to keep up with the immense variety of kids programming across a multitude of apps. Plus, controlling what kids are exposed to on platforms like YouTube can feel like an unwinnable battle with algorithms.

YouTube let extremist content flourish despite warnings

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A damning report from Bloomberg Tuesday revealed that top YouTube executives debated for years whether extremist viral videos on its platform were really a problem — often rejecting solutions to manage the situation — in an effort to maximize growth and profits.

Why it matters: Tech companies have long been criticized for harboring hate, but as the consequences of their inactions begin to unfold more visibly in the real world, companies like YouTube are facing more pressure to address whether their ignorance was actually malpractice.