Roo has a problem.
A serious issue.
She’s addicted to YouTube.
It all started with Meemah (where, I’m sure most mothers like to lay the blame – their own mothers).
One sunny – or rainy, I can’t really remember – day when my mother pointed Roo towards the Play School video of Ning Nang Nong.
Roo was about 18 months old. And she was officially in love. With the Ning Nang Nong.
Eventually, the Ning Nang Nong YouTube page became my Internet home page. It was particularly convenient to click play and have her entertained for an entire minute and 40 seconds while I changed a newborn boy’s nappy or made her lunch or put the Two to bed.
To get anything done with a toddler in tow, distraction is the key. And the Ning Nang Nong provided singing, dancing, claymation Sweet sweet distraction.
The problem with YouTube is it has a sidebar. Of related videos. Making repetitive viewings of the one video a slippery slope.
Eventually, Roo figured out that the sidebar was a window to an entirely new and different world.
Yo Gabba Gabba, In the Night Garden and Five Grey Elephants (baaalllaaanncciiiing!) videos were in abundance.
And Roo watched them. In abundance.
She began to ask: “NingNangNong, Mummy?” before she turned 2 – in reference to the entire depth of YouTube.
She began to ask repeatedly. And to the detriment of my sanity.
And one day, she asked while we were on the car. On a long drive. The relentless “NingNangNong Mummy?” from the backseat was enough for me to find the bloody Ning Nang Nong on my precious eye-phone and hand it over into the backseat.
That moment right there, was the moment of my downfall.
At age three and a half, Roo can navigate YouTube on my phone, my eyePad and my laptop. She is a YouTube whiz.
It is especially handy when she wakes up at sparrow’s fart and needs occupying until the Two awake and we can all get out of bed without the fear of a cranky, woken early, toddler hanging over our heads.
You know the adage: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie? They meant toddlers. Let Sleeping Toddlers lie. Seriously, LET THEM LIE!
But yes, YouTube has been both my savior and my downfall. Because I still haven’t figured a way to delete the YouTube app off my phone.
And hiding it in a sub-menu has been so far unsuccessful – the child that is Roo just knows where it is at all times. And like a the addict nothing can stop her.
Not even a clip of Elmo being shot in the head…
Is YouTube a help or hindrance in your home? Do you let your kids use it? And seriously, who uploads a video of Elmo being shot in the head?