I have a love-hate relationship with YouTube. My daughter just started using it recently (that’ll be another post). First, YouTube is like a drug for children. When my daughter first started watching it, she was into it all the time. She’d watch these dumb videos about these older girls who would be bad and cry and have pacifiers. These girls were like 8 years old or somewhere around there. These girls were throwing food. When I noticed my daughter acting out a bit more, I told her no to these videos. I told her that they would bad. Being the smart girl that she is, she would see one and point to them and say “That one bad” and then I would tell her yes and she would find a different video. I’ve never realized how many “weird” videos there are on YouTube until I had a kid. Some of the videos she watches are annoying but educational. There’s a couple where the child uses different things to talk about what colors they are. Some of the things he uses are balloons, chip containers, M&Ms, etc. Educational Yes. Annoying: Super Yes. The child practically shouts the color every time. I honestly don’t know why he can’t just talk in a normal tone. Then there’s the videos of children who play with their dolls or their siblings and use their imagination. They’re not always the best but they’re better than the Bad baby ones. Then the weirdest ones to me are the adults who make videos with dolls. These adults are buying ball pits and toys for these dolls and treating them like real children. They’re taking these dolls to the park like it’s a real baby. I just don’t know how or why they do it. The second most annoying videos, to me, are the ones where these 5-8 year old children have pacifiers in their mouths. I honestly want to know where their parents are thinking?
YouTube has is pros and cons. Lately I’ve been seeing YouTube pop on my Facebook newsfeed. The one thing that it popped up for was a creepy person dressed up as a clown at the bottom. This was supposedly popping up on the kids version of YouTube. Another thing that popped up the other day on my newsfeed was how there’s videos of Peppa Pig or other popular characters doing bad things, like suicide and burning down houses. This also pops up on the kids YouTube version. These videos are allowed on the kids version because they aren’t labeled as bad. I think YouTube needs to fix this. I was going to try to contact them about it but they don’t have an e-mail where you can contact at them. They should pay stay at home mom’s to help clean up these videos so they aren’t appearing on the Kids version or coming up when children search videos. I’m a stay at home mom and I closely monitor what my child watches. I’m sure there’s other mom’s like me out there. If YouTube just hired some SAHMs to take care of this, I’m sure their app could be cleaned up and more reliable. Because at the end, the kids version should be clean enough for our children to watch.