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What is a word that can best describe YouTube bad content such as pranking videos, which negatively affect children?

I thought about the word banal but it doesn't seem to fit.

[Edit] As we know that children love to imitate actions they like, I'm implying the fact that this content, which get a lot of views by children, detrimentally affect children's personalities by persuading them to normalize inappropriate actions such as filming people on the street, generally invade other's privacies, bully or being offensive to others. Moreover, I'm comparing this type of content to the informative content on YouTube such educational videos

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"Banal" would mean "dull, uninteresting, and generally pointless". I think you're looking for something more like "malicious":

The worst thing about those malicious videos of children doing terrible things to strangers, is that their notoriety might inspire other children to do the same.

Other possibilities: nasty, immoral, vicious, mischievous, awful, heinous, ugly, vile, depraved, offensive, disgusting and various others.

Each of these can have a different nuance, but if you explain exactly what you want to say, I might be able to point to one of them as the most appropriate -- for example, do you want to focus more on the immorality of the acts show in the videos, or on how they offend you personally?

[Edit] As you might expect there is no single word to describe everything you want to say. However you might try some combination of these:

irresponsible (adj): not thinking carefully enough or not caring about what might result from actions taken

frivolous (adj): (of people) behaving in a silly and foolish way, or (of activities or objects) silly or unimportant:

infamous (adj): well known for something bad; notorious:

seductive (adj): making you want to do, have, or believe something, because of seeming attractive:

For example:

While these videos might seem like so much harmless frivolity, they encourage irresponsible behavior among young people who have yet to develop the moral compass to distinguish the malicious from the benign.

  • Thanks Mr. Andrew. I was specifically describing the content itself. "YouTube ___ content affects children negatively. Examples of this type of content include: pranking videos, try not to laugh videos, etc..." I mean a totally different content than violent or sexual content. – Ghassan Saeed Dec 1 '18 at 16:09
  • @GhassanSaeed well, "pranking" videos can be harmful. Could you explain in a sentence exactly what you are trying to say about this content? It's not clear how "joke" videos can be harmful to children. – Andrew Dec 1 '18 at 16:20
  • as we know that children love to imitate actions they like, Im implying the fact that this content, which get a lot of views by children, detrimentally affect children's personalities by persuading them to normalize inappropriate actions such as filming people on the street, generally invade other's privacies, bully or being offensive to others. Moreover, Im comparing this type of content to the informative content on YouTube such educational videos. – Ghassan Saeed Dec 1 '18 at 17:02
  • @GhassanSaeed I have added this comment to the question and voted to reopen . I've also edited my answer with some more appropriate examples, which you can use in conjunction with "malicious" or one of its synonyms. "Irresponsible", however, covers most of what you want to say. – Andrew Dec 1 '18 at 17:17
  • Irresponsible seems to fit perfectly. Thank you Mr. Andrew – Ghassan Saeed Dec 2 '18 at 21:04
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You could describe such content as being:

  • damaging
  • harmful
  • detrimental
  • malignant
  • poisoning

For example -

Content on YouTube which glorifies jokes at the expense of others has a detrimental effect on the mental health of younger viewers.

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You can use the catch-all phrase:

"Content unsuitable for younger viewers"

  • Question: "What is a word that can best describe YouTube bad content such as pranking videos, which negatively affect children? Answer: "Content unsuitable for younger viewers". This answer is somehow unhelpful and needs to be downvoted?? – kandyman Dec 3 '18 at 11:25

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