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fruitstick Tue 26-Jul-16 14:03:51

I usually love to let my children do what they want in the holidays.

They are 10 and 7

This year, they are doing sports camps while I'm working (9 to 4 everyday) which is more or less a school day.

Every other spare minute they want to watch chuffing Youtube videos of some numpties playing video games. I would prefer them to play the chuffing things.

They don't want to do anything else. No playing, no reading, no cooking, no drawing, no boardgames ... NOTHING

If I turn it of DS1 immediately moans he's bored.

I wouldn't mind if they were watching a film or something but its just so mindless I'm concerned it's actually rotting their brains.

We are about to go camping for a fortnight and they will have no Wifi.

Should I just leave them to it or insist they do something else.

GrimmauldPlace Tue 26-Jul-16 14:06:53

I'd leave them to it. They're out of the house and away from the screens 9-4, maybe they don't feel like doing anything else. It's not going to rot their brains. I don't quite get the attraction of watching someone playing a game rather than playing it yourself but then again my DS probably wouldn't understand why I enjoy browsing mumsnet for hours in the evening grin

summerskittles91 Tue 26-Jul-16 14:07:43

Telling them Youtube is broken sounds perfect.

I have a 3 year old niece who spends most of the day watching videos about play doh and people making weird things out of it on youtube. I don't get it.

Id rather she played with actual toys too. especially when the iPad is practically glued to her face D:

BorpBorpBorp Tue 26-Jul-16 14:17:16

Would a 10yo really fall for "youtube is broken"?

fruitstick Tue 26-Jul-16 14:18:01

No - they won't fall for it for a minute!

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Tue 26-Jul-16 14:22:08

You could turn the wifi off "ooh the internet seems to be down" but what would you do with them then and how would you Mumsnet?

Mine's currently watching Eyeball Squid pretending to be a sniper hmm

fruitstick Tue 26-Jul-16 14:27:02

Is he the one with the Headphones?

I think I'm just jealous that I'm not earning bazillions of pounds from playing on a computer.

Imagine if there was a Mumsnet version!

NeedACleverNN Tue 26-Jul-16 14:27:05

Do it.

My 3 year old would watch YouTube all day if I let her. She seems obsessed by the videos of a child opening lollies and eating them confused

fruitstick Tue 26-Jul-16 14:48:20

Maybe I could persuade them to make their own instead.

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Tue 26-Jul-16 15:03:46

I have no idea. He has a beard I think?

I'm hoping the volume of videos will slow down soon. I'm imagining that in real life Squid, Stampy and DanTDM (or whatever his name is) are all out playing Pokemon Go and blinking in the sunlight, their pale bodies unaccustomed to sunlight and they recoil at the sight of actual live, human women as other than their mums they rarely meet them.

We might be lucky and they get lost smile

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Tue 26-Jul-16 15:07:08

Be careful if you allow them to make their own videos. We had the mummy getting out of the shower horror film and the documentary This is my sister's bum hole shock

We have withdrawn the camera and deleted any videos that would have us arrested if they made their way onto the web...

BeautyGoesToBenidorm Tue 26-Jul-16 15:07:17

DH watched an action figure being unboxed on YouTube the other day. Do I win? grin

paxillin Tue 26-Jul-16 15:08:08

10 year old is bored? Bored gets a job in this house. The room needs tidying, he didn't do so well last year with his times tables, could he pop to the shops for some milk, stack the dishwasher and hang out the towels, please? Watch him rediscover his Lego immediately.

BankWadger Tue 26-Jul-16 15:22:57

(I'm imagining that in real life Squid, Stampy and DanTDM (or whatever his name is) are all out playing Pokemon Go and blinking in the sunlight,*

I've already been subjected to DanTeDiuM playing Pokemon go on YouTube. I bought the firestick for ME damn it, not my children.

GrimmauldPlace Tue 26-Jul-16 15:48:41

I get the joy of seeing DanTDM in the flesh on Saturday and have paid for the privilege. I wonder if his laugh is as annoying IRL

JinRamen Tue 26-Jul-16 15:57:30

Just block YouTube on the browser/s. My ds was convinced YouTube has gone down (as the rest of the Internet worked) and he was happy for it to wait to fix itself. Until he discovered it worked on the other browsers! Don't make the same mistake as me! 😂

fruitstick Tue 26-Jul-16 16:15:40

They watch YouTube via the Xbox.

They'd clock if i uninstalled it.

JinRamen Tue 26-Jul-16 16:23:50

Log into the router and block it there smile

fruitstick Tue 26-Jul-16 16:28:09

Mwah ha ha ha haaaaa

bumsexatthebingo Tue 26-Jul-16 17:14:28

Why not just tell them that they're on it too much and the Ipads/phones/laptops whatever are going away for now. Boredom is good for kids - forces them to use their imaginations.

paxillin Tue 26-Jul-16 20:10:41

you can usually log into your account with your network provider and block certain webpages. We used to stop skype at night so the 15yo didn't wake up from his friends' moping about being awake..

tattoosandteadresses Tue 26-Jul-16 20:14:00

I never knew you could block youtube. I might do that. I have one obsessed with watching other people play video games and one with people opening up toys and making lipglosses.

Farfromtheusual Tue 26-Jul-16 20:15:50

Can you no just disconnect the wifi for a couple of hours and say there's a fault. My parents used to do it to me back in the day when you didn't get 1000000GB of internet as standard lol

FearsomeNasalHairs Tue 26-Jul-16 20:23:35

I just snorted and spat tea all over my phone reading that! grin

EveOnline2016 Tue 26-Jul-16 20:47:56

Only a week in the summer holidays and already sick of cookie world z and blind bag opening.

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