Better Ways for Families to use Youtube: Totlol

When my kids asked about the presidential candidates, we watched campaign speeches. After going to see the play the Wizard of Oz, my daughter was curious about tornadoes. We hopped on You Tube and viewed a storm suck up a house (it was quite upsetting for her; I don’t recommend this video for children).

Sometimes we just watch You Tube for fun (we don’t have a TV and I get really desperate). My daughter loves videos of kittens and my son likes Peter, Paul & Mary singing “Puff the Magic Dragon.” I wouldn’t call it quality entertainment, but it sure beats Dora.

Do you have any favorite kid-appropriate You Tube videos? Please share.

The Mommy Files : Best You Tube videos for kids…

Okay. So my battle of confusion with youtube doesn’t seem to be getting any better.

I know, I know. Youtube definitely has its advantages (re: the mom above who shares her educational youtube usage, which is awesome, and props to a parent-pro-tech), and yes… that’s where the consumer is (thank you tween sites that are now starting to incorporate various youtube vids into their sites instead of building their video-sharer… two birds, one stone).

I still struggle with the fact that it is a community for 13+ year olds (and sometimes, even that is a stretch). Parents/kids don’t seem to give a flyin’ fig that the site doesn’t a) cater to minors, b) do anything to stop/protect/appropriately engage minors, c) change their usage so that they can house U13 and be correctly COPPA compliant.

Sigh. So what to do? Neither sides seem to care.

Well. Thankfully there aren’t people who are as mule-headed as I am in regards to the ‘tube. Ya know… work WITH it, instead of ignoring or against. Nice.

Namely – the site I am talking about is totlol.com. They take youtube created content appropriate for youth and repurpose it in a safer environment for families. This is a brazilliant idea. So, you can watch videos on your youtube-ready phone while at the super market, etc. Kids can also vote on their favorites, etc.

Here’s the statement on their site:

Totlol is a brand new community-moderated video website designed to be enjoyed by those between the ages of 6 months and 6 years.

Totlol is in early testing phases and this means that at most times, most things, will work as most would expect. But sometimes, some things may not work as some would hope.

The beta testing tots don’t seem to mind though. Current common demand is: “Daddy, Daddy More Video!”

Thanks to Ron for sharing it with me (sorry it took so long to mention – but again, it’s grand!)

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  1. June 5, 2008 at 1:33 am

    I like the idea, but I do despise having to register in order to see 4 out of 4 menu items…

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