I caught Amber watching Barbie videos again on the computer this morning. In Spanish.
The girls are usually allowed some computer time before school (because I’m washing up/in the shower/getting dressed). Millie, if she uses it at all, will play games (e.g., Harry Potter), but more often you’ll find her dancing and singing in her bedroom, eschewing the computer altogether.
Amber, on the other hand, will sit down, type “Barbie” into YouTube and watch any old toss that it turns up. Which is slightly worrying.
Now, since we’re going to Spain (or, more precisely, Ibiza) on holiday in August I tried to make the best of this and talk about learning a bit of Spanish ready for when we go there, but Amber wasn’t interested. So, I think I’m going to have to look into blocking “Barbie” searches on YouTube.
Don’t get me wrong, I think YouTube is a fabulous resource for kids (and adults), but its recommendations aren’t very adventurous – especially when your tastes are as conservative as Amber’s.
Search on YouTube for “Barbie”, then watch nothing but Barbie and you’ll be recommended…yep, more Barbie.
I really don’t want my children to view Barbie as a role model, so I think the time has come to, ahem, direct Amber’s viewing somewhat, by at least giving her some alternatives. She might not like them at first but I hope she’ll thank me later…
Now, does anyone have any suggestions for blocking specific searches on YouTube?