We began to do some notebook collecting for non fiction writing, my third graders and I. We created lists of passions, interests, wonders, places we’d like to visit and people we’d like to meet.
I became quite befuddled when I realized my kids did not know very many famous people beyond You Yubers.
“What’s a You Tuber?” I asked them.
“You know, people who make You Tube videos?” they laughed at me, not realizing I was fishing for more information.
“Well, what kind of You Tube videos are you all watching?” concerned – these are 8 and 9 year olds. There is some pretty nasty stuff out there.
“Video games!” they shouted.
“What? I don’t get it,” I replied, confused.
“They make videos of themselves playing video games!” again, trying to help me understand.
“Huh? I’m confused. Why would you want to watch that? Why wouldn’t you just play your own video games?” I asked.
“Because they are funnier! They make jokes, but you have to be careful, Mrs. Daniels, because some of them swear,” they confessed, “but they are funny!”
I tried to nudge them to be interested in Teddy Roosevelt or even Kate Dicamillo, but several of them declared the name of a video You Tuber as their person they would love to meet some day. Ugh.
So, I did a little googling tonight to see what they were talking about and I discovered that this character called PewDiePie made over 7 million dollars in 2014 just playing video games on You Tube. Yes, he is what my third graders are watching. No, they shouldn’t be.
The world is a-changin.
And, I’m not sure yet what to think.
What are your kids watching?
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