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Jun
09

Is YouTube Ruining My Kids?

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YouTube is a plethora of videos on everything from how to build a box, to how to clean your sinuses. Learn how to build a house. Learn a new language. Deep relaxation techniques. The list goes on and on. But do my kids watch videos that teach them useful skills like how to play the piano? Nope. They watch other children play with toys. They watch other kids open new toys. They watch adults being stupid for amusement. They watch endless videos of how to build a Minecraft house. 

Summer has started here in Texas. Well, mostly started. The sun comes out occasionally before the next thunder and lightning storm, but the pool is open, and school is out. Either way, summer is supposed to be for biking with friends, building forts, going to the playground, rollerskating, etc. Did this stop in the 1990s? I miss being a kid because of summers activities. Why in the world would my kids rather stay inside and watch videos of other children playing with toys than actually going outside to play with toys?

I’m a stay-at-home mom, and my job doesn’t end because it’s summer. The new season simply means I can sleep hours that work better for my circadian sleep rhythm. You know like go to bed at midnight and wake up at eight am. Okay, fine. I go to sleep closer to two am and wake up at nine am. Either way, this schedule is more natural to my disposition. I still have to grocery shop, clean, do my writing, reading, and editing, but now I have three children along.

To give in and let them watch the weirdo videos they like on YouTube would be so easy! I don’t have to mom today; YouTube is more than willing to babysit. Let’s be honest, had we had YouTube available back in the 1980s when I was a kid, my friends and I would have all been watching ridiculous videos too. My particular favorites would have been best pranks to pull on your brother or cat videos. Is this fair to my kids though? Nope.

I am taking summer back. We blocked YouTube. Not really, we told the kids don’t you dare get on there without express permission and a darn good reason (like learning to play the piano, or how to re-tile mommy’s bathroom, a mom can hope). Now, today, I have made another executive decision. No more electronics until after dinner. My little bookworms would rather watch Good Mythical Morning or Joey Graceffa (a youtuber, as in that’s his job) than reading a book on the swing set. They don’t want to bike a fourth of a mile to a friends house and use their own imaginations for entertainment. Why would they, when they can stay home and watch other kids open LOL Surprise! Dolls, or a new package of Num Noms, to find out what scent the video-er got today? I am so done with YouTube!

This wonderful website is not bad, and sure, it’s not really ruining our kids.

Who is at fault here then?

Should we parents take back the blame? Maybe we could blame the access to instant information and gratification. All of these elements add up to children cooped up in the house staring at a screen for twelve hours a day, instead of living life. Parenting isn’t easy, and teaching kids to find a life outside the comforting realm of cyberspace is a daunting task, one many parents give up on. Even if you manage to unhook the kids from the Internet, you still have to disconnect Netflix, the TV, Nintendo DS’s, XBox, etc.

Parents: Let’s unite and give our children some of the wonderful elements of our own childhoods! Unplug your kid, wait for the glazed look in their eyes to disappear, and send them outside. Do make time for a few of the cat videos though after dark.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Adrina Palmer is a stay-at-home-mom to three wonderful children and a wife to an amazing husband. She has a bachelors degree in Religion from Liberty University and is currently writing her first novel. Adrina is a Christian hoping to help other stay-at-home moms find the joy and simplicity as a mother and wife. In her free time she enjoys many crafts, writing, spending time with family, and reading. She would love to hear from you!

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