This very serious and quite taxing issue has plagued me for some time. I have discussed it with my husband, with other parents and even my children. Quite honestly I don’t understand despite the considerable time I have spent contemplating this challenge that faces me on a daily basis, so I am turning to you, to ask the big question.
Here it goes – what is it with kids watching videos of other kids on YouTube? Or adults opening kids toys on YouTube? I just don’t get it but I do know for my own mental health I need it to stop!
At my house, hours can be gobbled up into a YouTube vortex when the endless supply of what my kids call “kids play” – AKA the infinite array of these mind-numbing videos where kids (or sometimes adults) play with toys or open toys or have to find toys (you get the drift) or some variation of this – find their way onto the TV screen. In fact, there is nothing else that will occupy them in quite the same way. It is like a drug. I have tried to sit and watch at least one full video because my kids genuinely love watching them.
Their faces light up with a smile when a Kinder Surprise is opened and the toy is one the person hadn’t found before. They squeal with excitement when they open a ‘rare’ or ‘limited edition’ toy in a series, like a five and four-year-old actually knows what that means.
Despite my best efforts, and the fact that the videos make my kids happy, I just can’t justify that they are any more than the most infuriating, mind-numbing pieces of sh*t to have ever played on our television.
Now I have tried deleting the YouTube app and YouTubeKids apps from our TV due to the over-consumption of these horrendous videos, but somehow in a moment of weakness, they found their way back.