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#26 Lou-bags

Posted 10 August 2019 - 10:30 AM

We banned them too. When it got to where DS1 would rather sit on the iPad than do other things he usually loved (like swim in the ILs pool), had epic tantrums when the iPad was taken away, stayed in a mood for a while afterward and was, like PPs kids, more whiny about the toys he has we realized it had to go.

He watches no YouTube at all now. We’ll revisit when he’s a bit older. He still watches tv, we’re not screenfree fanatics, but tv doesn’t affect him in the way described above and he’s reasonably good at regulating his tv time (still watches too much but will take himself off to play with his brother and doesn’t freak out if I say it’s time to turn it off).

Edited to add- this was when he was 4ish (and allowed to watch iPad while DS2 napped so I could study, or MIL could take a little break if she was watching them). He’s 6 next month and hasn’t had iPad time since January when we moved out of the IL house.

Edited by Lou-bags, 10 August 2019 - 10:51 AM.

#27 BeAwesome

Posted 10 August 2019 - 10:36 AM

My kids watched them for a little bit, I didn't ban it outright, but I did set a limit of how much time they could waste watching them.

At the moment, DD7 likes playing games other kids have made on Scratch, and then having a go at creating her own, I figure that's slightly more useful.

#28 purplekitty

Posted 10 August 2019 - 10:59 AM

I am so old.

I had no clue what the post topic could even mean.

#29 lizzybirdsworth

Posted 10 August 2019 - 11:18 AM

The only one I have banned is Ryan’s toys review and that’s because the mum is annoying! They have since moved on to watch people catching Pokémon. As long as there is a balance of indoor outdoor play it’s no biggy

#30 Kallie88

Posted 10 August 2019 - 11:31 AM

I don't like them, mostly because dd starts getting interested in stuff from shows she doesn't even watch, I tolerate a little then change to something else

#31 Murderino

Posted 10 August 2019 - 12:08 PM

My kids have never watched unboxing videos but for a while loved this woman who built LEGO Friends sets.  Boring for me but they enjoyed it.

Now they love Dude Perfect. Five Texan men who met at college who do tricks its and sports challenges. They are cleancut guys and some of their tricks are impressive. The kids rope me in sometimes - enough that I know the theme song for their extras show called Overtime.

They also love a young guy called Collins Key who usually has his brother Devan with him. They do stupid stuff too like pancake art but cleancut and fun.

#32 VigilantePaladin

Posted 10 August 2019 - 12:22 PM

View Postpurplekitty, on 10 August 2019 - 10:59 AM, said:

I am so old.

I had no clue what the post topic could even mean.
I know right? I use Youtube for crochet tutorials because I can't read a pattern lol

#33 MessyJ

Posted 10 August 2019 - 12:28 PM

My DS went through a stage of watching them, and Ryan's Toy Reviews etc but now he's moved on.

I'm grateful, though I never banned them (just blocked the channel of any I didn't like) my BIL is a teacher and has read many negative articles about how they create a sense of desire and yearning for new products - addictive consumerism, short attention span, and can trigger brain responses like releasing dopamine to encourage pleasure and wanting to repeat the experience etc.

That being said, there's equal amount of research showing they're not 'harmful' to children, can show children a real idea of the toy (and if they'd like to add it to a wish-list or not) and can give them the knowledge of games etc which they can then build on themselves through creative play.

Edited by MessyJ, 10 August 2019 - 12:28 PM.

#34 Luci

Posted 10 August 2019 - 12:30 PM

My youngest DD was a big fan but like PP's have mentioned seemed to grow out of it and hasn't watched one for ages.

I found them inanely boring myself but was ok with DD watching as they didn't seem to cause any problems, she didn't start pestering for new toys to open herself etc.  Most kids love anything to do with opening presents / new toys etc so I can understand the appeal even though I personally would rather stick forks in my eye than watch Ryan's Toy Review.

#35 seayork2002

Posted 10 August 2019 - 12:42 PM

One of the first I knew about was one of the series of grossesry gang (moose toys ) came out and DS made me watch it and he snuggled up and stroked my hair, so no they don't worry me too much.

#36 Ghost Girl

Posted 10 August 2019 - 12:57 PM

My DD watched them when she was younger and has now moved onto watching gamers play roblox, or the re-acti-corns. The way I see it, I watch people buy and renovate houses (Just love house hunters international) and it's not much different. Ordinary people doing ordinary things. YouTube is full of it. Everything in moderation.

#37 ekbaby

Posted 10 August 2019 - 01:04 PM

I don’t mind them watching unboxing vids but I don’t like them to have unsupervised access to you tube or the internet. So they only usually watch those videos on one of our phones when they r next to us. For sleep ins they can watch Netflix.

#38 Mollyksy

Posted 10 August 2019 - 01:51 PM

View Postlizzybirdsworth, on 10 August 2019 - 11:18 AM, said:

The only one I have banned is Ryan’s toys review and that’s because the mum is annoying! They have since moved on to watch people catching Pokémon. As long as there is a balance of indoor outdoor play it’s no biggy

Oh she is so annoying!! DS used to watch Ryan's toy review before now moving onto watching people play minecraft. It was annoying when I had to pay a fortune to get his dream play doh set from overseas (it was an old video, no longer sold so I got a second hand set off Ebay from the UK) but watching his face was so worth it.

When Ryan released his toys but before you could get them in Australia DS put them on his Christmas list. Because "I know I cant get them for my birthday mum but Santa is all over the world and he can go to Walmart can't he?". 'Santa' again resorted to US Ebay and insane shipping as 'Santa'is a sucker!

So yes, I let DS watch YouTube with sensible time limits but there were definitely unexpected consequences to his viewing!!

#39 PooksLikeChristmas

Posted 10 August 2019 - 01:53 PM

It hasn’t even crossed my radar as something to think about.

#40 Ellie bean

Posted 10 August 2019 - 01:57 PM

I’m pretty relaxed about tv but we did ban these, because dd got completely obsessed. I tried to use them as a chance to talk to her about advertising, explaining that the people aren’t really that excited, they pretend because they get free toys/ get paid, but all she took from that was “mum can I have my own YouTube show so I can get free toys”.

#41 Daffy2016

Posted 10 August 2019 - 02:12 PM

I would rather shoot myself in the foot than watch one, but I don’t really see the harm in balance with other stuff.

That said, like a PP we try not to allow DD on phones or tablet because they seem to affect her differently to TV - she cracks the absolute sads when time’s up and becomes obsessed with them. And she’s only two!

#42 MrsCee

Posted 10 August 2019 - 04:08 PM

They are banned in our house along with YouTube. It’s a totally restricted site on their iPads.

I’ve been to too many cyber safety workshops to allow my 7 & 8 year old anywhere near YouTube.

Screens are restricted to weekends and they have access to kids Netflix and ABC Me. They also have a plethora of G and PG rated games that I screen before I download- they are restricted from downloading any games (gotta love iPad restrictions).

If they can’t find anything to interest them amongst that, then put the bloody thing down and go and play outside.

#43 ERipley

Posted 10 August 2019 - 05:18 PM


Edited by ERipley, 21 August 2019 - 06:49 PM.

#44 123ChristmasTree

Posted 10 August 2019 - 05:29 PM

We always supervise you tube so I limited them on the basis it took up too much of my time sitting next to them watching them. However I am not sure what objectionable about them.

#45 MrsCee

Posted 10 August 2019 - 05:42 PM

View PostERipley, on 10 August 2019 - 05:18 PM, said:

Do you mind if I ask what you learned about YouTube in those workshops? I’m aware that lots of videos aren’t what they say they are and contain horrible content, but I’m curious whether there are other reasons you have banned it?

We have had several visits to our school by one of Australia’s foremost Cyber Safety Experts, The Cyber Safety Lady.


I’ve sat through multiple presentations by her (and others over the years) to both students and parents.

Her main concern was the ability of kids to simply keep following links to highly inappropriate content, including sexual, violent and language. Those seemingly innocuous videos of others playing video games can have highly adult concepts and language.

She also expressed concern at the commercialisation that is rampant.

Another of her concerns was the lack of efficacy of the filters and restrictions.

It was actually a suggestion from her to limit kids to paid TV subscription services (Netflix kids or Foxtel Kids)  and ABC apps.

I know I certainly don’t know everything about the internet and it’s pitfalls, so I take the advice of the experts.

ETA: From the Cyber Safety Lady website above in 2015:

“The popular video app YouTube is now set with an age restriction of 17+ on iTunes. This has changed fairly recently, it was set at 13+ previously. The increase in age limit on iTunes is definitely justified due to the adult content on YouTube...

YouTube Is NOT For Younger Kids!

During my parent talks I usually point out to parents that YouTube is not a safe app for younger children, and inform them that the app has a Terms Of Service restriction set at 13+. YouTube have recently also changed their terms of service suggesting YouTube is only suitable for 18years and over, unless you are an “Emancipated” minor or have parental permission. Otherwise, as many other platforms do, it must comply with COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act). As their terms of service states clearly, you cannot use the app if under 13years of age.”

How many parents realise that there is an age restriction? And that it’s 18!?!?

Edited by MrsCee, 10 August 2019 - 06:16 PM.

#46 lizzybirdsworth

Posted 10 August 2019 - 07:44 PM

We use YouTube kids

#47 PooksLikeChristmas

Posted 10 August 2019 - 07:45 PM

We use the YouTube kids app. There are no hyperlinks, you can set it without a search bar, there are different age settings. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty good. I’ve reported content in the past and it vanished like lightening. On the profile with the youngest age setting we’ve come across nothing worse than a really poorly translated song about kookaburras that sounded way too much like c*ck-bras.

#48 MessyJ

Posted 10 August 2019 - 08:04 PM

Yes, when I say YouTube I mean YouTube Kids as the others have said.

It's completely customisable so you can choose specific videos or channels so it's effectively the same as something like ABC Kids iview, nothing else but what we've chosen is available.

We choose certain official channels like Blippi, Disney, Fireman Sam, a few science channels etc - stuff he's currently interested in and he's not able to search for or access anything else. It's very easy to set up.

He does watch a less-restricted version of if on my phone if I want to offer it when we're out, but I'm directly with him then so can supervise fully.

#49 kimasa

Posted 10 August 2019 - 08:47 PM

We have YouTube Kids app on Apple TV. So it's not even on a tablet, it's on the TV in the lounge. Everyone in the house knows what she's watching because when she's told to turn it down she magically can't find the remote.

#50 Oriental lily

Posted 10 August 2019 - 09:05 PM

This thread is funny considering how I spent an hour this morning .

I ordered a couple of things from that very cheap store ‘Shein’

Then I googled reviews which led me down a rabbit hole in to watching incredibly young gorgeous girls revealing their ‘hauls’ from various cheap online clothing stores .

Strangely addictive watching .

Deffinetly ‘unboxing’ for adults .

So I am totally understanding why kids love their ‘type’ of unboxing .

But it was simply none productive indulgement mindless viewing .

Like watching the block !

And I think we feel like we should restrain our kids from doing it to much .

We all feel they ‘should’ be spending their downtime reading classic literature or arts and crafts while hypocritically spending our own time watching mindless garbage .

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