Thursday, September 20, 2012

Now he thinks he's a "Reviewer"

Kids and technology are an interesting combination. It's no secret that Apple products like the iPad and iPod touch are so dead easy to use that "even a baby can figure it out". Evidence of that fact happened right here in the Marek house. Greg has generously and graciously allowed the boys to play with the iPod touch, and his iPad when they were both very young. It took them no time at all to learn Temple Run, Where's my Water, and all the other popular kid games. They know exactly how to use the touchscreen and navigate the UI. Joey is just learning to read, but has known which app to launch and how to play his games for some time now. He's got a better TR score than I do, that's for sure. They fight over the iPad, and prefer it over the Nintendo system. Christopher could be on it the entire day if we let him...

The day Chris discovered YouTube was the day an entire new world opened up for him. He enjoys watching Batman, Star Wars, Power Rangers and similar videos, movie trailers, and episodes from the TV shows. He is very skilled with the search functions, and even grasps the concepts of key words to help him find what he's looking for. I remember him asking me how to spell "Lightsaber" because he was looking for a particular video clip from a Star Wars movie. He found it, and, interestingly enough, he found many other videos relating to Lightsaber, and a big series of a teenager doing a review of his lightsaber collection. Chris must have watched it 4000 times. I've witnessed Chris copying this many times around the house. He would gather up all of his Lightsabers, and bring them to a room where none of us were at the time, and would literally begin a "review"...but with no camera. He has "filmed reviews" of his DVD Collection, his Star Wars Books, and his various toy collections. There have been a few times where he's put the iPod in front of him and actually shot. Sometimes he's in frame and other times not. When the kids get a new toy, the first thing they do is say "let's shoot a review"...they even ask if they can keep the "original packaging" so they can unbox while doing the review. CRAZY. (note:  I have to be really careful, and right on top of what they are watching, because there is the occasional inappropriate video with language kids should not say or repeat. We've blocked a lot of videos we didn't want them to see.)

A couple of nights ago, Chris decided to use the iPad and review Anakin's Lightsaber for his "YouTube Fans". He was really proud of this video. Even with the pause to go get the vitamins I wanted him to have, and the loud chewing of the vitamins (UGH), and even with his little brother video-bomb at the end, he was super proud of it.

When I picked him up from school, I said "Hey Chris, I posted your video to YouTube!". His eyes lit up like it was Christmas morning. He said "YOU DID???" " How many people "thumbed-up'd" it???"... The unexpected thing for me was that he did NOT want to watch it on my Mac. He wanted to watch it on YouTube on the iPad the way he watches all of his other favorite videos. He picked up the iPad and said "Mom, what did you name the video"? I told him, and then he searched for it, found it, and watched it. Laughing and laughing and laughing.

I have a feeling we will be seeing more and more video reviews of anything they can get their hands on. Even Joey is getting in on the action, and I have a few of his to post too!  Stay tuned, YouTube fans!!

1 comment:

  1. How wonderful! Chris's enthusiasm reminds me of this adorable little girl:
    He should have his own Youtube Channel for all his reviews (and to help his adoring fans keep track of them all more easily). :)

    Maybe he'll post some tutes next?



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