In most ways my two sons are as different as night and day. As of about a week ago there’s something new they have in common. A love for YouTube. My youngest doesn’t go on the computer much at home, and when he does I am sitting next to him. Things are safe that way, which makes me happy. He did not discover YouTube on my watch. He discovered it on his own, courtesy of the lovely WiFi service I provide and our old iPod Touch.
A few nights ago I was in the living room and he was in his bedroom watching television and playing on the iPod. Pretty much a typical evening. And then, I started hearing unfamiliar voices and sounds coming from my sons room. No, not those kinds of voices and sounds! I ran in to see what was going on. My youngest son had discovered YouTube and was loving it. He excitedly pointed out the new train videos he’d found to watch. He’d been playing with an app we’ve had for some time. The app had a link to the company’s site, which contained videos. All perfectly safe and appropriate. From there somehow my son had discovered a link to more videos on YouTube. Thankfully, the videos he’d found were safe. But who’s to say that the next one would be safe? It’s a big bad world wide web out there. While I know that there are many things that my youngest isn’t involved with, things like sexting, there is the possibility that he could inadvertently stumble onto something inappropriate. I am concerned with him being exposed to websites, pictures and videos with bullying, violence, cruelty, insensitivity and ignorance. so I did what I had to do. I turned off the WiFi on the iPod Touch. That turned out to come with it’s own problems.
My son is smart. (Both of my sons are smart actually.) My little guy had figured out what I’d done to the iPod Touch within five to ten minutes. He brought the iPod Touch back out to me and informed me that it was broken. He showed me that he could no longer access the videos. He was heartbroken and pleased with me to fix it. After ten minutes I caved. I turned the WiFi back on but had him stay in the living room. I am now on the lookout for something that will block YouTube content. Do you have any suggestions on something that can do that?