Suggested videos can redirect youths from Peppa Pig to nudity and swearing.
Today is Safer Internet Day, which is designed to outline web risks, offering youngsters tips on how to keep out of danger. With that in mind, mobile management company Kaspersky Lab warns that children are in danger of accessing inappropriate content on Google's YouTube.
In fact, YouTube's suggested videos feature is reportedly able to redirect kids from cartoons – Peppa Pig, Rastamouse, Dora the Explorer – to inappropriate content – nudity, violence, guns, post watershed TV – in just two-clicks.
Mother of two young boys Angela Woodward is worried, saying: "As the parent of a five-year-old boy with a keen interest in Fireman Sam and Power Rangers, this is an issue I'm really concerned about. Although I'm careful to monitor Sam's activity when he goes online, in the past he's been able to click through to things that aren't suitable for his age."
David Emm, senior security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, added: "It's worrying to see just how simple it is for children to access videos of an adult nature on YouTube. With younger generations becoming more IT literate and parents increasingly turning to mobile devices, online games and apps as a means of entertaining their kids, these results highlight the importance of taking steps to protect them online.
"Having parental controls in place is vital and can be highly effective in combatting objectionable material. YouTube's Safety Mode feature aims to help parents screen out unsuitable content, but it can't provide 100 per cent protection."
Emm's top tips for protection include:
* Supervision - Supervise your child's internet use and encourage them to visit and stay on websites you're familiar with.
* Be open - Encourage your child to be open about what they are doing online and who they are socialising with. Promote a culture of safety within the home and talk about the possible dangers which exist.
* Protect your family - Use parental control on sites you don't want your child looking at as part of your online security product - it's an easy way to avoid disaster.