My kids are hooked on Youtube. For a while I was really messed up about this. I felt and believed that this was truly instilling some nonsense in their heads they felt was utterly real. Between Logan Paul and the Ireland Boys, my children were becoming enamored with a bunch of fake people doing stupid things. In other words, they are watching a comparatively tame version of Jackass.
This is largely harmless fun. The real risk is when the kids try to emulate their tube heroes. However, this is no different than emulating any TV or fiction hero. The difference is that the new generation is using a different medium to experience story, and experiencing stories that are far less vetted and more likely to be of a lower quality of tale than what can be provided by a school or a parent.
I’m learning to adapt to what kids find interesting and relevant and at the same time present them with alternate ideas and inputs so that they have a multitude of different influences and through that can find what applies to them and what actually works for them.
- So much about the kids. What about me?
- What about me?