February 16, 2017

Boston Globe: YouTube star’s anti-Semitic posts a wake-up call for parents

By Lexi Peery Boston Globe Correspondent 

The news that Disney axed its deal with YouTube superstar PewDiePie over anti-Semitic content in his videos rocked his millions of fans this week — as well as the millions of parents who’ve long assumed his social media posts were moronic but relatively harmless.

After all, 27-year-old PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, claims more than 50 million followers and reportedly made $15 million last year, a good chunk of that through Maker Studios, which is owned by Disney. And if pop culture has taught us anything, it’s that 50 million fans can’t be wrong.

Except when they are....

...Donna Rice Hughes of Enough is Enough, a nonprofit that provides materials to help families understand how to make smart decisions online, says the most important thing for parents to know is that no child is completely safe from inappropriate or harmful material online....

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