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FirebrandRoaring  ·  71 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Something is Wrong on the Internet

If I may summarize your view on the matter:

The author's talking nonsense about the children's interests, and you shouldn't worry about it

Was that correct?

EDIT: Also, thank you for sharing your experience with actual, living children, as opposed to an image fitting the narrative.




kleinbl00  ·  71 days ago  ·  link  ·  

No. My view on the matter is that Youtube Kids is ostensibly a silo for children to watch videos, but as evidenced by this article, it's largely a silo for algorithms to compete for views based on inputs that have nothing to do with children. My view on the article is that the author assumes that if these videos exist, there must be children watching them and my own experience suggests that's not an easy leap of faith to make.

    Superheros Pregnant Soccer Balls Fidget Spinner Spiderman Joker Hulk Cartoon Funny Kids Video Pranks

This is literally a video expression of this:

There are no children capable of finding this video who are not old enough to go "whoa. Pregnant hulk roundhouse kicking pregnant Elsa. WTF?" The formative age where you wouldn't want your kid to see this isn't looking for it. My kid's favorite video at 2:

My kid's favorite video at 3:

She's not weird. Sit through a Teletubbies episode; the young kids mostly want calmness and introspection. This is why little kids love Mr. Rogers. They gotta start being into fart jokes before Sponge Bob becomes interesting.

cgod  ·  71 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm afraid my kid might like some of the weirder shit if she could find it. She's and odd duck.

Mostly she likes to watch videos of kids and animals dancing and a videos made by a pretty slick kid friendly magician. I only casually supervise her YouTube experience. She's probably seen some inappropriate stuff but not terribly inappropriate and kids need to be exposed to some left field shit so that they don't crumple up like tissue the first time they get hit by stiff breeze.

The absolute worst thing she's seen is when I was trying to find a stream of the despicable movie Jumanji for her. It wasn't being streamed on any of the crap we are subscribed too, so I started looking at putlockers. A decidedly XXX rated add came up on one of them. Weeks later she said "Dad, I've been thinking about what that man was doing with his penis". Baaaagghh buuurrrggeee gaaahhh, fuck my life.

kleinbl00  ·  71 days ago  ·  link  ·  

My process goes something like this:

Is it on Netflix? No, then

Is it on Amazon? No, then

Is it on PTP? Of course it's on PTP. Can we wait? No? then

Buy it on Amazon.

Jumanji is dope. Way too old for my kid at the moment, though. We watched Princess Bride over the weekend and that was almost too much.

cgod  ·  71 days ago  ·  link  ·  

My kid could watch Robo Cop and not flinch. She is a hard little monster.

She really, really, really wants to watch scarier horror movies. She loves Goosebumps, Beetlejuice and Coraline and knows that there are way scarier things that she would love to consume. For the life of me I can't think of many 'safe' horror movies for her at age 6. We watched Army of Darkness, which she declared was the best movie ever, and Night of the Living Dead. Wish I could think of others that aren't too horrible or sexual, maybe the Dark Crystal, it gave me nightmares as a kid but I think she would eat it up. Personally neither me or the wife are horror fans.

As an aside, I think my kid might watch and hour or two of YouTube a week on average. It's not a big passion of hers.

kleinbl00  ·  71 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Wanna find her limits? Show her Alien. I watched it at seven.

Alien never gave me nightmares. ET? That little fucker haunted my dreams.