The Mad Bomber Strikes...at the Cherubim
Does anyone know if there is something like Youtube for children?
The Cherubim loves to watch Thomas videos on Youtube. He loves surfing through and picking the videos to watch, so while we can download videos, he is not as happy with them.
Yesterday, I heard him shouting: "Oh, no! Oh, no!"...which is not that odd, as that is his favorite thing to say. But this sounded upset. So I ran in to find him watching a Thomas and the Mad Bomber video--a fan made video where someone blows up Thomas and his friends. I navigated him away from that video, but he seemed to end up back at it several times. Finally, I sat in the room with him an discovered the Mad Bomber video was marked "featured video". It was coming up on top.
I wish there were a way he could watch these videos without the bad fan versions showing up.
Yes, we've encountered those kinds of things, too.
It doesn't upset Ben to that point and he doesn't look for it, but he is much more interested in the Home Alone stuff now. I was told once that less than usually verbal children find slap stick to be a lot more hilarious than we find it.
Thank heavens he really is good natured.
You know you can report those videos and make a stinging comment if you like, but I'm not sure how much good it would do.
Went to the Help site, and unfortunately it looks like all you can do is block it out entirely with parental controls:
"Go to start menu on your desktop. Click on control panel. The go to user accounts and family safety and go to parental controls and follow instructions."
Wow, I would be very upset to have my 2 1/2 year old run across something like that. Youtube is one of his favorites, and even though he cannot yet manage a computer, he's been asking for it for months and months. (My wife would use it to show him old Sesame street clips, and my mother-in-law uses it to show him some french cartoons.)
It's quite useful since we don't have a TV on the main floor of the house, only in the basement, and our bedroom. But that's something to keep in mind, since I know people like to create their own mashups and such.
We keep the computers in a separate room. All three of them. Often one of us adults is present. Sometimes not, but I do think it cuts down on the "just me and the computer" vibe that gets a lot of kids into trouble. Even so, standards differ. I have friends who think the Home Alone videos are just terrible examples for children.
Me, I put them on the same fantasy footing as Roald Dahl.
But it's her choice what her children watch.
When dear daughter gave me a bit of guff about watching over her shoulder, I sweetly explained to her that it was my job. When she was a woman grown with kids, it would be HER job to do the same. That was effective. She is looking forward to the future.
|Date:||July 19th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)|| |
Melmo & Nernie
Aurora -- who by strict accounting is my soon to be two-year-old second-cousin once-removed, yet is my grandniece by family structure* -- won't allow anyone to watch YouTube around her unless they play "Melmo" singing the Ducky song.
The computers are in open areas. This is one thing I regret with my son Math, that I allowed him to have his own computer in his room.
*[Jagi and John have met my cousin Chris, the filmmaker, who accompanies me to Balticon. Chris and his older sister were raised like my nephew and niece because I grew up in their father's home like a sibling. Therefore, Chris' nephew and niece follow in kind.
This is what happens when one's great-grandparents hatch 12 children who live to adulthood to raise families: 150-some fairly close relations.]**
**I've been steeping in Pratchett lately.