Electronic devices have taken over my kids’ world at the moment and the influence of YouTube is ever present.
We restrict screen time but watching videos online is still one of their favourite pastimes.
Whether that be watching someone else play the latest video games or youtubers opening blind bags with plastic toys inside.
US Words Are Creeping Into Their Vocabulary
Americanisms are managing to get into their everyday vocabulary.
It’s something we “correct” when we hear them using the “wrong” words.
Things like garbage instead of rubbish and diaper instead of nappy.
At least they’ve not gone as far as pronouncing aluminium as “aluminum”.
It’s interesting how these things can get picked up so easily and could become the norm.
The influence of YouTube hasn’t brought an American twang to their accent yet though.
But then again living in Scotland hasn’t brought a Scottish accent to them either.
Accents Are Strange Beasts
I was fully prepared for my kids to end up with a hybrid English, Irish and Scottish accent but probably leaning more towards the Scottish side of things.
They were born in Scotland but at this stage their accents are similar to mine – kind of a nondescript English one.
I suspect it’s because they don’t generally mix with people who have broad Scottish accents.
The school they go to is made up of a variety of nationalities and no accent is overly dominant.
Although perhaps some people are more susceptible to being influenced by a particular accent than others.
In a sense I’m relieved about that because we plan to move back to England in the future.
Being A YouTuber Is The In Thing
Both my kids at some point in time have proclaimed that they want to be YouTubers when they grow up.
It must seem like the dream job.
You get to play computer games or open blind bags filled with toys all day, every day.
I’m sure there’s more too it than that but that’s all my kids see.
I wonder whether it will still be a thing when they hit their teens?
Whilst there are millionaire YouTubers, I hope that my kids decide to do something more fulfilling with their lives.
If they want to do it in their spare time when they’re older that’s up to them!
How Has The Influence of YouTube Affected Your Family?
Are your kids addicted to YouTube?
Do you limit their screen time or the types of things they can do on their devices?
Do your kids already have a YouTube channel of their own?