So….What are you watching?
I was your typical adolescent boy. Even at a young age, I remember I (as well as all my friends) being curious and intrigued with girls. We weren’t deviants, but we were just naturally biologically curious. Heck, I can recall friends who would frequently read National Geographic with the sole hopes of seeing limited dressed villagers. Today, however, there is the internet where anyone can see anything. And it would not be limited to an 80-year-old topless villager weaving a basket, but possibly something with far more graphic acts or inappropriate scenes. An innocent curiosity could encounter a graphically obscene (and potentially harmful) image which can’t be neurologically processed by a child.
This is a constant fear of our son accidentally seeing something on the internet and not sure how he is processing the information. Left us panicked not sure how we would communicate the topic.
The other day I notice Jackson in my office door closed on the computer. He is now 17, and my immediate fear was what he might be watching. When I opened the door, I obviously startled him. He jumped around, and I quickly noticed that he was watching a video on the computer.
We try to keep Jackson from fixating on certain repetitive things or overly obsessing on certain things. Including watching the same videos over and over again or even viewing the same theme items over and over again. However, I can’t begin to tell you how relieved I was when I saw that he was watching elevators on YouTube. Not sure that I understand the enjoyment of watching a video of an elevator review. I don’t know why someone thought “Hay I think I am going to go ride a ton of elevators and review them on Youtube.” then again how did Jackson know to look them up? Even better what a great job for him.
I am thankful that they exist on the internet.
Husband, father, coffee connoisseur and lover of all things hockey. At 51 I sometimes wonder have I done enough. I have been married to my best friend for 30 years. She knows all my faults and loves me anyway, As a father of “almost always” perfect boys, I am always surprised at what life has to offer. It is messy, scary, thrilling, and always fun.