If you are a Nerd Parent with Nerd Children, I'm sure your kids are well versed in You Tube! I know for us, You Tube was our son's currency for potty training. Mostly to the tune of "If you have an accident watching your videos, then you are grounded from the computer for the rest of the day!" Yes, this makes for a case of 1st World Problems and proves that I allow my son WAY too much screen time, but seriously, I'm not the only parental geek who lets their kid game like it was their after school job. Just saying. Don't boycott me.
Regardless of your personal parenting style, one of our biggest concerns with child screen time is not as much the quantity of screen time as much as it's the quality. We are all aware of our own childhoods in the 80's, and 90's where parents were all about the war against violent cartoons and the very few children with no common sense whatsoever ruining cartoons for the rest of us who actually understand how gravity actually works.
|You mean...gravity really is a thing?!|
Now that we are in the era of digital technology ruling every aspect of our waking lives, the new "idiot box" comes in the form of computers, tablets, and smart phones. Children can find all sorts of videos of their liking ranging every interest on the internet. But one site is the Holy Grail of videos and even allows users to create their own channels! This site has even created celebrities that are known internet and world wide. This site, of course, is You Tube. Sadly, ANYONE can make their own You Tube channel and the FCC has little control of the content. There are only a handful of rules that users must abide by when posting, but none of them are designed to keep content safe for EVERYONE, just safe from complete human indecency (like porn, snuff films, animal cruelty...save for how to butcher chickens and rabbits for meat. No kidding. Look it up...wait...don't if you can't handle it.) Having said that, there are a few great channels that our budding nerdlings would enjoy, as well as full-grown Nerds. These channels have little (very little) to no bad language, no iffy content, and yet all the fun we had watching our favorite Saturday Morning shows as kids. I present to you...
KNERD MOM RECOMMENDS: KIDDO FRIENDLY YOU TUBE CHANNELS!
1.) Nerdy Nummies: If you're willing to forgive the rare (really rare) episode or two where she makes a grown-up drink or two, Rosanna Pansino is such a charming host to watch. She makes wonderful treats from Unikitty Snicker Pops to Deadpool Cupcakes to even (I'm so sorry to have to mention this...) a "Chilled Monkey Brain" cake, reminiscent of "Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom! There is hardly any franchise she hasn't made a yummy treat of in this channel. She has even had the occasional special guests on the show including my next item on my list...
2.) GOOD MYTHICAL MORNING: Rhett & Link are life long best friends from North Carolina who started their own You Tube morning show along with a laundry list of their own original comedy music videos! They are as funny as they are clean (meaning no bad language, sexuality, drug references, or even violence). Their show, which they post almost daily, is full of segments, humor, and outrageous dares that you would SWEAR they had to have lost a bet to someone for them to do half the stuff they get themselves into for the sake of entertainment. For me, my favorite episodes are the ones where they let their own kids get involved in, like this episode where they let their kids UNLOAD NERF GUNS ON THEM!
Although, my 7 year-old would say his favorite episodes are the "Will it...______". This is where they pick a food theme, for example "Will is Donut?" and then take the most disgusting (yet apparently okay to ingest?) items like condiments, sardines, SAWDUST and turn them into said food theme...THEN EAT IT! *shudder* Link often can't last a whole one of those episodes without retching, but those are the moments Luke laugh's the hardest at so....whatever.
3.) Zack Scott Games: Now, if you're anyone like me, you get your kicks off of watching another You Tuber named Markiplier. Us grown-ups get a kick out of his gaming style, outbursts, and some of the freaky, funny games he plays. Unfortunately, he has a mouth on him that is just not safe for little ears, nor are the games he plays very good for the under 14 crowd. This is where Zack Scott takes up the age gap. Zack Scott's game play videos are very clean of language as well are all of his games rated no higher than Everyone 10+. It's this You Tuber who my son gets all of his latest game play info and news of new games that are out to play! It's because of Zack Scott games that we got our son games like Skylanders Swap Force, Kirby's Epic Yarn, and the most popular new exclusive release from Nintendo (at the time of this post), Splatoon!
Warning: In the videos where he plays group mode with voice/video, you will hear a few more choice words sort of not suitable for young ears, but it's not SATURATED with it like most of these other gaming channels, nor are the word choices as bad as they could be...but I would still recommend you watch one before letting your child watch just to make sure YOU'RE okay with it.
4.) Stampy Longhead: This pleasantly voiced British fellow is more famously known for his whimsical Minecraft videos, featuring his own created characters and a motley crew of his friends who voice chat along side him in their own created scenes & levels. Sometimes they create stories of their own invention, sometimes they play actual levels, and sometimes they play against each other. But all in all, they are fun. This, in itself is like a Saturday Morning Cartoon. I highly Recommend him for everyone who enjoys their cartoons pixelated!
5.) Grav3yardgirl: Though she she mostly does make-up and hair tutorials, you don't have to be interested in either to love Bunny's videos! This girl is full of catch phrases like "Saaaassy, so saaaaassy!" or even "Sippy Sippy...(pause for dramatic drinkage of iced sweet tea)...AH!". She also does demos of "As Seen on TV" products of varying types like Kangaroo Shoes, The Wubble Bubble, and even the Soda Stream! She also demos clothing from various sources, popular & "innovative" make-ups, and the occasional video of whatever because SHE'S BUNNY! There are also the few videos where she'll include her always significant other, Dogman. So try out a few of her videos and watch her have fun. Here's a fun one you might enjoy...
Do you have a favorite Nerdy You Tube channel you recommend for the whole family? Comment below or on the Facebook post via Space Cadets & Dreamers group page where I am now exclusively posting my blog aside from here on Blogger! I would love to watch some of your choices!