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Outsmarted by a 5-year-old

Posted 11/14/19

By Melissa Anderson

I was outsmarted by my 5-year-old. I’m not afraid to admit it. In fact, I’m pretty proud. Screen time and what my kids are allowed to watch has been a priority of mine. Age-appropriateness and duration are two things that are at the top of my list when my kiddos are home. Youtube…is strictly monitored and has rules. Ask anybody who knows me well, and they will tell you I’m a disaster with tech. Parental controls seem to be getting more and more complicated to implement and use. I also tend to kill tech, so there’s that as well.

So how did my 5-year-old kindergartener outsmart me? I needed to do some chores around the house and needed to keep my oldest kiddo busy and quiet while the youngest one took a nap. TV to the rescue! When an adult isn’t in the room, no Youtube. Because of how quickly a little can go through videos looking for something to watch and the fact that restrictions on the video content is not as monitored as the company would lead us to believe, it’s just safer that way.

“No Youtube!” is a constant statement made by me. The“okay, mom” with eye contact as acknowledgment of said statement is required. Not too long ago, it was discovered that Amazon Prime, a streaming service that is part of the Prime Membership package, had some videos that were similar to those found on Youtube. What I did not know was that those videos can lead to actual Youtube videos that had been allowed on the Amazon Prime service.

I start the chores and occasionally stop to listen to make sure I’m hearing a TV show and not some random video. Most kid shows today have highly irritating voices instead of the normal voices that were found in the shows of my youth. Nearly done and a quick pass by the living area where the entertainment is being watched, and I make a stark realization. I’ve been duped.

There, my little angel sits on a pillow watching one of those Youtube videos. She isn’t on Youtube, but she has managed to find Youtube videos. I can’t even be mad that she beat the system.



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