Navigating YouTube for Infants & Toddlers
What were you doing in 2005? Maybe your parents let you have an hour of TV after school, and then you went outside to play.
Screen time had barely become a blip on parenting radar. And yet, that was the year YouTube was born.
Put that together with the release of the first iPhone in 2007, and you have the makings of a brand new world for parents to navigate.
Fast forward to 2018. The number of screens and devices in our lives has gone through the roof.
It’s not just for us grown-ups anymore. We now have a whole new YouTubiverse designed for babies and toddlers.
How are we parents to navigate this universe?
Here are our favorite reasons to use your toddler’s carefully doled out screen time to bond with your child using the YouTube platform.
YouTube is Playful
YouTube is inhabited by super loveable characters like Baby Shark, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and the entire Sesame Street cast, past and present.
Check out Sesame Street’s playful take on the Beatles: Cookie Monster sings “Hey Food”.
At Daphyl’s we are all about bringing iconic music into our children’s lives. YouTube can help old classics stay beloved.
YouTube is Creative
New favorites go viral all the time. Content for kids is often colorful and eye-catching. Take for example “Hey Bear’s” Baby Sensory Rainbow, where high contrast rainbow colored graphics float across the screen to familiar children’s songs.
YouTube is Educational
Just because it’s viral doesn’t mean it’s not educational. That same Baby Shark song that inexplicably hit 1.8 billion views (Yes, you read that right!) can help little ones develop fine motor skills as they dance along.
Warning-you will never be able to get this song out of your head again. Good thing it’s so cute!
YouTube is Musical
Babies love music. Babies love to watch other babies. Put that together and you get “The Happy Song”, which C&G Baby Club UK call the world’s first song “scientifically tested to make babies happy”.
Playing music together, singing and dancing together, these are time-tested ways to bond with your baby. And YouTube makes that easier than ever.
How to Play it Safe
As with anything on the world wide web, parents should consider safety when using YouTube with young children. Two features designed to make YouTube safer for kids are the Restricted Mode setting and more recently, YouTube Kids. Use these if you are concerned about your child seeing inappropriate content.
But the best and safest way to enjoy YouTube with your baby or toddler is together. Bring your Linkster (the new catchy name for the kids growing up in the generation of social media, cell-phones, and apps) safely into this new universe. Navigate it well, and teach them to do so too!
Editor’s Note: Cara Berzins is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.