Amused, Bemused, Musing

So…for the last three weeks, my son Zev has been asking me to let him start his own youtube channel. On the one hand, I’ve been thinking, fair enough, when i first started my channel it was with the intention of posting his videos. It is only fairly recently that I have been making and posting my own. I have some concerns about who he might subscribe to, who might subscribe to him and general restraint around comments stuff. I mean, for the past year he has been exploring youtube and he has a pretty clear idea over what is ok and not ok for him at 10 years old to watch.
So I’ve been contemplating it and had tentatively come to a yes with boundaries answer.

Tonight about an hour after putting Zev to bed, I received a) a subscription and a friendship request from a username i had never seen before. I went to that name’s site and of course even tho the name on the account was “Mike”, the video was one done by my son in his room using a slightly deeper voice πŸ™‚ Then I noticed that this username had posted a few comments on my account one of which says
“your vid gave me a better thing to do in life thanks teach! i used to be a gangster but YOU gave me something to live for on! thanks!”
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Upon seeing this, (posted minutes before) I snuck upstairs where of course his light was on and the laptop was near his bed. I settled him down and I have told him that we would discuss it in the morning. He asked if I would yell at him, I said ‘no”. Not quite sure how I’ll handle it. Oh with love, compasion and generally on a coin flip of wisdom πŸ˜‰ just like most of the parenting moments. I guess. Just finding myself with an interesting emotional parfait of pride, concern, annoyance and most of all amusement.

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