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#1 WaitForMe

Posted 10 August 2019 - 08:12 AM

So yesterday when I went to pick up 7yo DD1 from after school care, I found her watching hatchimals unboxing videos on an older child's laptop.

The older grades all have their own laptop. I don't know what the OOSHC policy is on them, but I find one or two of the kids will sometimes have them out when its close to closing time, so since the use of them is so limited there I don't generally have a problem.

So anyway, Saturday morning is here, a time when we are quite relaxed on screens and DD1 just wants to watch unboxing. Personally I'm tired from the week I don't want to think about parenting, but DH has a bee in his bonnet about it. He keeps going on about it but wont do anything about it, and wants my opinion. I don't have one, its saturday morning, I have no parenting opinion on saturday mornings.

Anyway, this is turning into a rant which it wasn't meant to be...  

So what do you think about unboxing videos, do you let your child watch them? Do you ban them or limit them? Do you despise them but decided it wasn't a battle worth having?

#2 little lion

Posted 10 August 2019 - 08:15 AM

I let mine watch it occasionally but I’ve explained that this is a family’s job to make money from videos, the kid doesn’t keep all the toys etc.

#3 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 10 August 2019 - 08:17 AM

yeh my kids (mainly younger one....7) would watch the unboxing of a box. kinder eggs, ooshies, pokémon cards, lego boxes...you name it, they will watch them being opened, unwrapped, unboxed. must be a shared dopamine hit or something when you get to the prize. i console myself by thinking, while there are better things they could be watching, there are also certainly far worse things.


#4 ~J_WTF~

Posted 10 August 2019 - 08:20 AM

I can’t muster up anything for them.... not my pick but my kids like them.

Same as watching someone play a game you like, how boring but my kids enjoy them!

There are bigger battles I would rather save my ****s for!!

#5 Riotproof

Posted 10 August 2019 - 08:21 AM

I banned them after it made my normal 7 year old whiny about how he didn’t get any new toys. His birthday is at the beginning of the year, plus Christmas.  He doesn’t usually get anything big in between.

#6 Prancer is coming

Posted 10 August 2019 - 08:23 AM

We have limits around screens in our house - only allowed on them Friday and Saturday nights.  My little one loves watching the toy unwrapping videos.  Personally, I don’t mind what he watches, as long as it is age appropriate.  I don’t think Peppa pig, pj masks or whatever are any more educational or quality viewing.  He is not materialistic after watching them, never demands the massive toys they open.

I saw a really good meme about comparing them to adult reality tv shows.  Can’t quite remember it, but something about adults will sit and watch another family member paint a house or cook a meal for hours, but not understand why their kid wants to watch toys being opened.

#7 Mae55

Posted 10 August 2019 - 08:24 AM

 ~J_WTF~, on 10 August 2019 - 08:20 AM, said:

I can’t muster up anything for them.... not my pick but my kids like them.

Same as watching someone play a game you like, how boring but my kids enjoy them!

There are bigger battles I would rather save my ****s for!!

Yeah, mine have never watched unboxing videos but they love to watch other people play Minecraft etc and it baffles me, but I guess it’s not to like different from watching someone else play a game of football instead of playing yourself (or watching master chef etc).

Edited by Mae55, 10 August 2019 - 08:25 AM.


#8 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 10 August 2019 - 08:29 AM

ordinary people doing ordinary things....no wonder the broadcast model is dead! the money and resources you need to commission a quality piece of drama (script writers, actors, production, set, music rights clearances) - when all the kids want to watch is some dude opening a new iPhone box....a million clicks and that’s where the advertisers will put their $$$ - if you can’t beat em join em.


#9 Mmmcheese

Posted 10 August 2019 - 08:29 AM

My kid watched them for a bit, but has moved on now.... It's a weird thing.

#10 28 Barbary Lane

Posted 10 August 2019 - 08:35 AM

If the kids are watching something for entertainment , as long as it’s not something scary or horrible I don’t care what it is.

They already leave home at 7am then back at 6pm five days a week to school, OOSCH, do karate, swimming, dance, Italian, etc. I don’t see why their down time (and mine) can’t be our own.

If your DH has a problem with it, what’s his suggestion? Is it the content or does he just want them “on” all the time?

#11 WannabeMasterchef

Posted 10 August 2019 - 08:48 AM

I don't like the idea of it (commercialisation aspect) but I think you have to pick your battles a bit. Maybe let them watch for 15 minutes then something else?  

Also make sure you have safe settings on and hang around if its a younger kid, my cousin tells me her DS came across some horrid video amongst the kids things on youtube.

My girls are obsessed with the jaegers and the Norris nuts on youtube. I think their videos are kind of a waste of time as a general rule,  but I have encouraged them to learn about Sabre Norris as I think shes a brave and inspiring character.

#12 WannabeMasterchef

Posted 10 August 2019 - 08:51 AM

 Lucrezia Borgia, on 10 August 2019 - 08:29 AM, said:

..- when all the kids want to watch is some dude opening a new iPhone box....a million clicks and that’s where the advertisers will put their $$$ - if you can’t beat em join em.

The toymakers are in on it too: LOL surprise dolls, kinder surprise, ooshies etc. Kids this age group have a fascination with suprises. In my day it was the collectable bubblegum cards.

#13 seayork2002

Posted 10 August 2019 - 08:51 AM

I think DS has watched these amongst other things we listen out for swearing and adult content other than that we leave him to it

#14 MurderBritches

Posted 10 August 2019 - 08:52 AM

There are videos of kids unwrapping  things? Ok then.....

#15 Riotproof

Posted 10 August 2019 - 08:57 AM

 28 Barbary Lane, on 10 August 2019 - 08:35 AM, said:



If your DH has a problem with it, what’s his suggestion? Is it the content or does he just want them “on” all the time?

I do agree with this. I wouldn’t have banned them if not for the negative consequence.

Ds loves watching various YouTubers play games, and he has his favourites and thinks of them as “his youtubers”. I don’t have any problem with that, because downtime should be down.

#16 ali-song

Posted 10 August 2019 - 09:18 AM

 Riotproof, on 10 August 2019 - 08:21 AM, said:

I banned them after it made my normal 7 year old whiny about how he didn’t get any new toys. His birthday is at the beginning of the year, plus Christmas.  He doesn’t usually get anything big in between.

Yes, we banned them after finding they made my DD7 way more whiny about gifts than usual. My kids don’t get any toys between special occasions, and it really amped up the coveting of toys. We really only had to get rid of YouTube Kids to make them disappear.

#17 catasaurus

Posted 10 August 2019 - 09:21 AM

 MurderBritches, on 10 August 2019 - 08:52 AM, said:

There are videos of kids unwrapping  things? Ok then.....

It originally started in hobby circles where people pre-ordered collectable figures, art dolls, etc. People would wait months on end for them to be made and arrive from overseas, and the first people who got them would film unboxing videos so people could see what to expect. Over the past 15 years with the rise of influencers it has grown into another beast entirely.

#18 Riotproof

Posted 10 August 2019 - 09:27 AM

 ali-song, on 10 August 2019 - 09:18 AM, said:



Yes, we banned them after finding they made my DD7 way more whiny about gifts than usual. My kids don’t get any toys between special occasions, and it really amped up the coveting of toys. We really only had to get rid of YouTube Kids to make them disappear.

They all seem to feed into one another. I just blocked the channels he had found and then nothing like that seemed to come up.

I’d probably be okay with him watching now, but he has zero interest.

#19 ERipley

Posted 10 August 2019 - 09:37 AM

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Edited by ERipley, 21 August 2019 - 06:48 PM.


#20 Ayr

Posted 10 August 2019 - 10:03 AM

All my daughter watches are toy unboxing videos or kids with their own YouTube channels. I am so close to removing YouTube on everything.

They're harmless IMO, I've seen the content, but I'm just so over them. The screeching voices, the parents barking directions in the background... It's just awful. I've put my foot down at her making her own videos on there.

#21 kim11

Posted 10 August 2019 - 10:03 AM

They grow out of it and get bored eventually. Then move on to something else just as strange. such as making mini food, weird cat videos. It's youtube. It's all weird

#22 kimasa

Posted 10 August 2019 - 10:07 AM

I love them. I think they're brilliant.

They're relatable to kids. It's a pretty universal enjoyment, opening toys. I also like for my DD it gets her to think about what is actually in things/their actual value to her/their worth, since she's hit the unboxing video craze she's been making comments at Target or wherever we are along the lines of "See this toy Mum, it doesn't actually look like that inside, and this thing that it does isn't really like that" and "Mum did you know this box is bigger but the same stuff is inside as in that box!"

It's making her a lot more informed on what she's wanting than I ever was.

#23 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 10 August 2019 - 10:16 AM

yes ^^ both my two have learnt a thing or two about marketing and advertising...ds is all worded up on the special Apple unboxing experience....


#24 kimasa

Posted 10 August 2019 - 10:17 AM

Should add, DD likes the ones done by Paul and Shannon's Toy Reviews because their cat often jumps up on the table where they're filming and obscures the camera and they leave the shots the cat ruins in.

#25 ~J_WTF~

Posted 10 August 2019 - 10:23 AM

 kimasa, on 10 August 2019 - 10:07 AM, said:

I love them. I think they're brilliant.

They're relatable to kids. It's a pretty universal enjoyment, opening toys. I also like for my DD it gets her to think about what is actually in things/their actual value to her/their worth, since she's hit the unboxing video craze she's been making comments at Target or wherever we are along the lines of "See this toy Mum, it doesn't actually look like that inside, and this thing that it does isn't really like that" and "Mum did you know this box is bigger but the same stuff is inside as in that box!"

It's making her a lot more informed on what she's wanting than I ever was.

This is true. I know my kids have changed their minds on certain items based on unboxing videos.




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