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Question Is Youtube good for toddlers?

Is watching Youtube good for your kids?

I've been keeping my son from having access to smartphones and tables, but due to some reason he can now open Youtube in my husband's iPad himself! And he really enjoys it!

Is it OK to let him watch it? And I'm finding the best Youtube channels for my kid. Any suggestion is very appreciated!
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No video is good for toddlers. None. they need to be exploring so many other things and having face time with their parents and caregivers.


http://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_...nd_Wat_54.aspx

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog...s-bad-the-kids
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No video is good for toddlers. None. they need to be exploring so many other things and having face time with their parents and caregivers.
Thanks a lot for the info!

You're right. We don't communicate as much as when I read books for him. But do you think banning him on watching online video the right thing to do? I reckon it as sort of cruel (as he loves it). Well, maybe the best thing I can do is try to talk to him more with the above information in mind.

Btw, do you know good source of online kids vids that encourage mother-kid communication?
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Yes.... modern kids nowadays experience this type of "problem"... not a very encouraging sign...
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Smart kid to figure that out! It's not a good thing all the time, but I had no problem using animal videos for "emergencies"- kid losing control in the grocery line, brushing toddler teeth, alone with bored kid in a traffic jam, stuff like that.
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No video is good for toddlers. None. they need to be exploring so many other things and having face time with their parents and caregivers.


http://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_...nd_Wat_54.aspx

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog...s-bad-the-kids
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Smart kid to figure that out! It's not a good thing all the time, but I had no problem using animal videos for "emergencies"- kid losing control in the grocery line, brushing toddler teeth, alone with bored kid in a traffic jam, stuff like that.

LOL... Do you think there's a possibility your kid would be addicted to watching videos?

Btw, what are some reliable sources of videos you have your kids watch?
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After reading up on the research on this, we never let our kids have regular screen time as toddlers. Sure, they got it here and there and it didn't damage them forever seeing an occasional movie when we're to dinner at a friend's house, nor do I judge using it as an occasional emergency tool like the PP mentioned, but I would never let it be a regular thing. Screens don't facilitate learning human interaction, they retard it. Kids that age need to be using their entire bodies to interact with a diverse environment with all their senses. They need to be interacting with other humans. This is how we are evolved to learn at that age. Screens are new and they change young brains. Also, it's not unusual for 2 year old to be able to figure out how to work things on a smart phone - go to a pediatric urgent care waiting room or the gate of a delayed flight - lots of bitty kids can entertain themselves this way. The devices are made to be easy. I've seen a lot of parents seem delighted to see this behavior, but it's not exceptional.

I have no problem being "cruel" to a child if it means limiting or forbidding something they like that is harmful to them. My son would have eaten only pasta and candy if we'd let him have his choice.
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LOL... Do you think there's a possibility your kid would be addicted to watching videos?

Btw, what are some reliable sources of videos you have your kids watch?
Oh, yes, that's why we only allowed it occasionally at that age. I never used any particular site- just searched "puppies" on YouTube or wherever. My youngest was obsessed with sloths at that age, so it was National Geographic for brushing teeth most of her toddler years!
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Hi,

my kid like to watch all types of puzzle solving on youtube, because his older brother does that very often.

Is it ok to let him watch it? Or should I wait him to get older?
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I let me my kids watch Youtube videos but I watch how long and how often in a day.

I think small doses are okay.
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I also want to ask that specific question to all mom's out there. I tried to let my kids busy all day by giving them toys such as building blocks and puzzles but after a few hours, they get tired of it. They usually run upstairs and watch Youtube instead.
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I think that small amount of anything is not bad. So you just have to keep a watch on your children and sometimes. Also there are some information based videos which can help.
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As parents, we also need to be conscientious of our own technology use as it can create a feeling of separation from your children. They will have a sense they are bothering you when they want to ask a question while you are texting.
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