Friday, February 13, 2009

I Hate You Tube!

I do, I hate You Tube....Do you want to know why I hate You Tube? Well, I'll tell ya! I hate You Tube because if it weren't for You Tube, Casey wouldn't have been standing with me at the checkout desk at the library, the quiet library, and he wouldn't have said "Welcome to the wonderful world of playing with yourself!" in a very loud announcer like voice.

The friendly librarian feigned not hearing him and proceeded quicker than before the comment was made to get us checked out. I was, well, appalled.

I know that You Tube in and of itself can be fun and cool. I personally have found some great stuff on there. How often are we emailed a funny YouTube video that we proceed to check out? Sometimes it can be educational. I found several very interesting videos posted when I was trying the gf/cf diet oh so many years ago. YouTube has it's positives, especially for it's entertainment value if nothing else.

I still hate it because Casey is addicted to it. I know, scream at your computer "Well then don't let him watch it you idiot!", I hear ya, I know! I know. But sometimes he gets on there when I don't know, or he'll be innocently checking out the multitudes of bits and pieces of kids videos or old commercials when something just really gross will pop up before you know it!

Case in point, he loves Pee Wee Herman as I have reported in past posts. So, for some reason, someone felt the need to post snippets of the Pee Wee's Playhouse on YouTube. I don't understand one's need to this, but, it makes Casey happy, despite the fact that he has most of the videos of Pee Wee's Playhouse. This is what he has chosen to watch as of late, innocent enough.

But, suddenly, I"ll hear "the laugh". It's hard to explain but it's just this little laugh he does when something isn't quite appropriate for him to watch. It's a bit evil in tone, but oddly, loud enough, and different enough for us to know he's watching something he shouldn't, as though he wants us to catch him in the act.

"The laugh" made itself heard recently and I immediately ran over to see what was so "funny". A few minutes before, it had been Pee Wee, but now, it was a video of Howard Stern, the gross shock jock, doing his own version of Pee Wee's Playhouse, called "Pee Wee's Play with Myself House". As if this isn't inappropriate enough, Stern is dressed like Pee Wee, and is acting like he's masturbating under a blanket along with a bunch of other guys dressed like some of the characters from the real show. Needless to say, it was really disgusting, and creepy, and not funny AT ALL, especially for a 10 year old to see.

Don't get me wrong, I am not a humorless person, I crack up at all kinds of stuff, dirty, bawdy, inappropriate sometimes. But why is it funny to take a children's show and make it into something like this. Worse yet, why should it be connected to a line of video snippets that a child might me checking out? Why can't YouTube either block things in some manner or perhaps have a separate website that you have to pay for to see really adult stuff? They know kids are on there. I don't care what kind of warnings they give. Why can't there be some filter?

So, I am pretty sure that is where today's comment in the library came from. It just makes me sad. I love that he is so innocent in so many ways still, but already, his little brain is aware of something like that, and even worse, that it can be construed as funny or shocking, which is why I think he said that today, just to get a reaction. I don't know how much he knows about anything, but if he's going to learn, I certainly don't want to be from watching Howard Stern fake masturbating.

I guess the filter I mentioned before will just have to be me. Me not letting him watch You Tube!


kristi said...

TC picked up a lot of cursewords from YOU TUBE....I had no clue because they were cartoons and he wore headphone.

You tube is NO MORE!

kristina said...

I have a love/hate relationship (argh, did I just write that?) with YouTube----it's really helpful for teaching (I can show my students a video of most things in a moment). But every barney video is on YouTube it seems and I don't think I'll ever be rid of the purple menace.

Maddy said...

Likewise! All of the above and more. We were delighted when we learned that they had the ability, motivation and interest to hunt down stuff that they were interested in, mainly Pokemons. Seems brill to me. I would never have guessed that people would 'tinker' with those videos and hide inappropriate material to pop out at intervals or change the end. We unplugged a few months ago until we can figure a way around this.
Best wishes

Col said...

Hi Bonnie, do you have some kind of filtering software for kids going? I'm thinking something like Net Nanny might prevent Casey seeing stuff you'd rather he didn't.

Cale said...

This might work as well:
It's called kideoplayer, and it collects all the safe youtube videos into a sort of television. It is unfortunately only useful for browsing, not searching, but it might be worth a try.

claire p said...

Ah yes You Tube! They show all the old TV idents, commercials etc that Jamie loves. At the moment he can't use Google, only the favorites drop box. You Tube is NOT in favorites, but some sites link to it. So he's watching C4 trailers, fine. Next minuets he's clicked a link to You Tube and soemhow found the porn!!! He's five!!! Bless him he was trying to click off it, but even so. Now I watch and as soon as I see the tell tale banner, I'm across the room (can I really move that fast?) and grabbing the mouse.

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Anonymous said...

Well, I was so consumed by the idiocy, that I read my blog. I am so embarrassed, I mispelled several words due to passion, and that is not me! SO, if you feel it, and need to say it... bring it.
I still stand by what I contributed.

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Anonymous said...

God I hate it when I can't find the video I want and when I find a really good video of my fav song it says it doesn't work on my iPad. I hate YouTube, google, apple company!!!!