I had an interesting question come from my son. The brief conversation went like this …
Mattison: Mom, do you know how to make videos on YouTube?
Mom: Sure, I put videos on there all the time. Why?
Mattison: Well, you see, there’s kids that make videos about Go-Go’s all the time and I want to make some about mine too.
Mattison: Please, I already made one and I was kinda quiet but I really want to put it on YouTube.
Mom: Let me think about it and get back to you.
My problem is this, I’m an over protective parent when it comes to my kids using the internet. My son will be 10 in a few months and he has no email address, no Facebook account, no Twitter, not even Internet browsing privileges without me hovering over him. There are a lot of things on the Internet I’m not ready for him to be exposed to (ie Facebook bullying and Porn).
While YouTube sounds innocent enough, especially for a kid talking about plastic figures the size of my knuckle, my instinct still says no. YouTube commenters can be mean, even downright brutal sometimes and I don’t want him to feel bad about himself because the basement dwellers have nothing better to do than pick on people. But then, I think, I can’t hover over him forever and at some point he is going to need some internet exposure beyond what the school system offers.
I just don’t know. What would you do in the same situation?