My oldest daughter is 10 years old and she’s at that age where the celebrities that she likes are growing up and making their transition into grown up stars. That transitional period always scares me. Case and point: My daughter was a HUGE fan of the wildly successful Disney franchise High School Musical. Not only did we watch the movies a hundred times, we also participated in all of the brand extensions…we bought the video games, the books, etc., etc.
But the kids from East High (the name of the fictitious Albuquerque, New Mexico high school in the movie) grew up and they grew up…fast. So when my daughter wanted to watch more stuff about the film’s star, Vanessa Hudgens…well, let’s just say the search results were flooded with Ms. Hudgens’ Brett Favre moment. Nothing that I wanted my daughter to see. This is why I NEVER let my kids on YouTube.
Even seemingly inncocent things like Caillou videos…Go search for Caillou videos and you’ll find loads of videos with voiceovers that take the PBS cartoon plots from a G rating to an MA rating….even though some of them are hilarious (I didn’t say that.)
The recent news of the Sesame Street YouTube channel getting hacked solidifies my choice to keep the kids off of the site. Even though the worst part of the hacked channel was only live for about 20 minutes, I can’t imagine going to watch something as innocent as Big Bird, only to have my small kids see…well something else.