YouTube Raised My Son

Okay, I may be stretching the truth a bit. But my son did learn to tie a bowtie for his singing performances via a YouTube demonstration video. He also learned to fold his clothes for packing his suitcase from another YouTube video. As a single parent, I had to travel for my job and also worked long hours. This meant that my son had to be self-sufficient in certain areas, like learning to tie a bowtie.

From he was quite young, a baby, I had him on my lap in front of a computer or had him on my back when I went to the library. He is now proficient in the use of technology and loves to read books. In fact, I do say he is a much better writer than I am. He did critique my papers for my masters program and he was harder on me than my professors! Being raised by a single mom on the go has forced him to become more independent and a bit more mature than some of his peers.

I felt guilty at first about not spending as much time with him, because of my work schedule. Yet, I always ensured that the time I had with him was filled with quality events, assisting him with various projects, and encouraging him in his pursuit of his goals. Now that he is a senior in college getting great grades and seeming to be well adjusted socially, I am happy that he had other avenues like YouTube to help guide him. My mother, family and friends also played major parts in his upbringing, but there were times he had to use technology to help him out.

Technology when used for good and not evil can be a great thing.  We know that there are some really awful videos on YouTube that can cause harm instead of good. It is what we humans chose to do with technology that makes the difference. Now, if I can only anticipate what effect Barney, the purple dinosaur, had on him! Only time will tell!

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  1. I can totally relate – my daughter’s 9. We youtube everything. It’s visual wikipedia, it’s our go-to answer-the-question place!


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