While there are many benefits to navigating the internet or watching TV, there are also many problems when it comes to allowing our children to navigate these means independently. Our children are becoming obsessed with watching cartoons online or on TV, it’s almost a sickness. I noticed my 4 year old would throw these random tantrums or be rude or talk back to me or just plain act bratty and I was becoming very concerned. I would wonder, what is she so angry about (she’s 4)? or why is she being so rude or acting up (she knows better)? Until one day I noticed one of the kid’s YouTube channels she was used to watching was of this girl (about 8 or 10 yo) acting up and doing the rudest things to her parents…screaming at them or throwing things at them, ect. The parents filmed and were also part of the “skits”. They acted as if it was funny or as if it was ‘ok’ for her to treat them disrespectfully. I found it so odd and immediately told her she was not allowed to watch that channel and told her mimicking the wrong things of others is not right and gave her a whole speech as to why the little girl was acting wrongly. Since I prohibited her from watching that channel, she’s no longer acting this way…she has her moments of acting up, like most 4 year olds, but it is not nearly as bad as during those days of her watching that channel.
I also noticed that when it came time for me to take away the phone or the tablet or if I didn’t want to turn on the TV, she would cry, as if it was the end of EVERYTHING in her world. That actually made me so upset because it showed a type of obsession. I would tell her “if you cry you will not be able to watch anything for a long time.” Now she gives me the back the phone or tablet as soon as her time is up or doesn’t give me such a hard time about keeping the TV off or even asks if she can watch something. Basically, monitoring what they watch and setting up rules is something we need to be adamant about.
There are cartoons that look perfectly safe and cute and we would never think anything negative about them, but if we actually sat down and paid attention to them we would find some pretty disturbing things being ingrained in our kids. For example the Peppa Pig cartoon which many parents believe it is wrongly influencing our children. Thankfully my daughter doesn’t watch Peppa Pig, but I know this cartoon is very popular. Check out this particular article HERE where a mother reveals some of the negatives of the Peppa Pig cartoon.
But it doesn’t stop there; recently an extremely disturbing Mickey Mouse video surfaced in the YouTube Kids App. This particular Mickey Mouse video shows normal Mickey Mouse cartoons singing the “Finger Family”song. TODAY better describes it was follows, “one channel available on YouTube Kids, Superkidz Finger Family, has offered a dark take on the “Finger Family” song. Recently, some moms have shared on social media their shock at finding graphic images of Mickey Mouse and his family, shooting one another — and themselves — in the head with guns.” How crazy is that?! See full article HERE
As crazy as it may sound, we have to monitor everything; all of the kid’s YouTube channels and even the cartoons on TV have to be reviewed by the parent(s) first. Oftentimes I sit down with my daughter and analyze what she’s watching whether it is on TV or YouTube to see if it brings anything valuable to her life. Even if it is strictly entertainment, I make sure it is typical kid humor and entertainment. I would say, sit down with your kids from time to time just to get a feel of they are watching.
-a concerned mom-