Things were going along so smoothly here. All was copacetic in our little world, until yesterday. See, the kids have this obsession with You Tube and especially with any movies made about Mario and Luigi. Well, the problem is, as you can well imagine, some kids and grownups make these characters say and do some obscene things. Stuff I would find funny if my 5 year old weren’t the one pointing it out to me and yesterday it all came to a head. Sean and I have been wrestling with how to handle it because we didn’t want to ban You Tube outright but the kids know how to do their own searches and are finding things that would make a stripper blush. So yesterday the hammer came down on You Tube. It was every bit as bad as I expected. There were tears, glares, stomping feet marching up to their rooms, slamming doors. There were hushed conversations between siblings discussing their evil parents. Ryan, my precious, chipmunk cheeked 5 year old called me a murderer, because murderers don’t let anybody do anything fun. That one made me chuckle.
Seriously though, I just didn’t know what else to do? The amount of disturbing material on there far outweighs the beneficial, at least for now. If they were older, it would be easier for me to put it into context because we’ve tried that and right now it just doesn’t work. Am I wrong to keep them from going on to You Tube? Sean likened it to letting them go downtown at 2am by themselves because we trust them to behave but it’s other people’s actions that come into question. I’m just curious about your opinion. Was there a different way to handle this?