The topic of whether to let our kids watch YouTube comes up a lot in my circle of mom friends, pretty much all of whom also have toddlers. I’m a stone cold no on this subject. Like no way, absolutely not, never happening again. I’m fine with my kids watching TV, I’m fine with them using my phone/iPad, and we watch tons of movies in our house. That’s not it. But there is something about YouTube in particular that is not okay. And thank goodness that in our home we’ve found the TP-Link Deco which not only improves and expands the Wi-Fi access, but allows me to easily block YouTube from anyone on the W-Fi in my home. So Maddie Grace can play games and apps on her iPad and I don’t have to worry about her accidentally accessing YouTube. Plus their parental controls do so much more than that like not let kids get online after a certain time. And as a bonus I finally have Wi-Fi in my office and our Wi-Fi overall is a better connection! But anyways here is why YouTube is banned for my kids:
*Addiction. Do you see my child’s face here? This is her face every time we let her watch YouTube and take it away. She throws the biggest fits. It’s like she gets addicted to watching these short videos and then when you try to get her to do anything else she freaks out. And Maddie Grace is normally a sweet and easy going kid. And if any egg videos pop up and she starts watching them it’s over. I swear any time she watches YouTube for the next week or so she is a nightmare and it all goes back to the videos she watched. And the withdrawal symptoms seriously last for weeks. I can’t handle this. We switched from iPads to Amazon Fire Kid Edition’s and I love that I can easily restrict YouTube on them.
*Too much screen time. Well because of above. Something about YouTube is addicting for toddlers and they won’t put it down if you let them get started on it. At least that’s what happened with mine. And her fits when we took it away were so severe that at first we just handed it back to her and she was perfectly fine spending all day on the iPad. Well, not any more. Like I said I’m pretty lenient with allowing my kids screen time but they need to do something else during the day as well. Also if screen time is of concern for you the TP-Link Deco makes it easy to set time limits for your kids, even when you aren’t home!
*She doesn’t fall asleep. For some reason YouTube videos over stimulate my toddler’s mind to the point where if she starts watching them in the evening we won’t get her to sleep before 1 AM. I personally like to be asleep before 1 Am so this is a major consideration of why YouTube is banned.
*Toddlers easily find weird and scary videos. Yes you can have it set to only show kids cartoons, but there are weirdos out there who make their own versions of cartoons but with weird and violent things. Like Minnie Mouse with guns, creepy spiders in Peppa Pig, and etc. And all your kid has to do is hit the suggested videos to stumble across these. Not only do they terrify my child, but they’re just weird and not something I want them having access to.
And I’m not here to persuade you (although consider this a warning) – you can let your child watch YouTube all you want that’s your choice. But this is my personal experience with it and explanation for why I had to put an end to it for my kids.
Has anyone else had these problems with letting their toddler watch YouTube? Tell me all about it below!