by humanmama on June 22, 2011

I need to design my own AJTube. Because YouTube? It’s bad news. YouTube is dangerous. It’s amazing, too, of course. How else would I find the Muppet’s version of Bohemian Rhapsody?

(I mean, you really should watch it.)

But if you’re like me, you are often tempted to sneak away and do dishes or vacuum if the kids are occupied for even a brief moment. Actually, I hope you are not like me and you are able to get away for several minutes (…hours…) per day to do something for yourself, but if you’re like me (and a lot of moms are, …and some dads. Not enough, but some.), the house is basically a constant mean younger brother, mocking you and making messes every time you turn your head.

So the first couple of times I looked something up for the kids on YouTube, and they loved the songs or cat montages. But here’s the ting about YouTube: you look up a video of Elmo singing. Then, when it’s done, YouTube suggests (like all Google products) other things you might want to watch. So Helena, being 5 now, has had the ability for at least 2 years to click on the next thing she’d like to see.

Here’s the rub: YouTube might suggest another Elmo song first. Which is fine. And the next thing YouTube suggests is another song, but with more Muppets, not just Elmo. Okay, good. Diversity. And then next, some high school kids’ puppet show where they’ve made Elmo out of a red sock and are talking to younger kids about the dangers of using, say, cocaine. DANGER. Then maybe a man who lives in his elderly mother’s basement who has painted an Elmo face on his peni–

Well, you get what I’m talking about.

Beware. It’s a jungle in there. We really should have better content for kids. And fewer commercials.

But then–oh, shoot. I suppose next you’ll be telling me to make my kids play outside?

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Kristin June 22, 2011 at 10:41 pm

This is SO true! The same thing has happened with Zoe and me. Some people must really have a lot of time on their hands…it’s incredible how easily they can turn Curious George into something wildly inappropriate. :)


aj June 23, 2011 at 3:27 pm

They don’t call him “curious” for nothing, I guess!!


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