Online Videos

Hello All! This is the first entry on our blog that doesn’t deal with children’s media, but rather, children in adult’s media, and the way they are depicted.

Generally, many of us would agree that it’s wrong to pick on someone who’s vulnerable. In elementary school, we’re taught that it’s wrong to bully others. I’m sure we have all heard the rebuttal “pick on someone your own size” in the schoolyard or the playground, and the ever-repeated “How would you feel if someone did/said that to you?” from parents and teachers.

But in the world of the internet, none of that seems to apply. In the link provided below, one can see two of today’s most popular “funny” videos. Both of these depict very small children who have been hurt in some way, seeking help from their caregivers. Most of us would agree that it’s a parent’s job to help their child and then comfort them if they’re still upset. But here, we see caregivers exploiting the situation at the child’s expense.

Is this right?

I would advise you all to read an article I found here:

http://www.parentdish.com/2009/12/28/suffer-the-little-children-how-funny-is-that

The article presents a scenario where an adult is hurt and in need of help, but in the process of receiving help, they are publically humiliated and mocked for finding themselves in this situation.

Would anyone be comfortable in this position? I think not.

Why then, do we subject children to this?

We condemn bullying and mockery based on race, gender, sexual preference etc. Should we not also condemn age-based bullying? If children are the most vulnerable members of society, our role is to help them and be there for them, not to exploit and humiliate them.

Just a thought

-Wilhelemina

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10 Responses to “Online Videos”


  1. 1 Joanna February 28, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Great post Mina.

    It is really regrettable that people find this sort of thing entertaining. It really does speak about the darker nature of humanity, that we find humour in the misfortune of others. I do not think this is an isolated occurrence, everyone laughs when someone falls down, me included. What is striking about this video is that the misfortune we are now laughing at is that of a young child. I do not mean to take the moral high road, but I find the parent’s reaction very inappropriate, almost exploitative in nature.

  2. 2 Saloni February 28, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    hey I just want to say that I was getting pretty annoyed when that kid was trying to tell his father that the baby had blood on it and the father kept making his kid repeat it several times before he started laughing out hysterically. Kids rely on their parents for care and develop trust as they grow up to become mature individuals and I just think parents should respect that especially when it comes to serious matters such as a baby with blood on it? Honestly, I dont see where the humour is in that. It was pretty scary at first because I thought the baby was seriously hurt. Although, the part where the kid is stuck behind the sofa is sort of scary but I think the kid needed it because that could be a good way to discipline the kid so that he remembers not to go behind the sofa again because that could be dangerous. I think if parents use that attitude as a punishment, it can be justified but not when it comes to serious matters such as a bleeding baby. I dont see how thats funny?

  3. 3 randa March 1, 2010 at 12:09 am

    i agree with saloni. but then again…why do we, the people that watch this stuff laugh??

  4. 4 Wilhelmina March 1, 2010 at 12:31 am

    agreed Randa. how do you think we can change this

  5. 5 Pretty Jesus March 1, 2010 at 12:38 am

    it’s just like if you ever watch Super Nanny or Nanny 911 call them fake shows or not, they prove something that yelling at children doesn’t do justice for the child or children first of a young kid will not stop crying if their mom and or dad is standing looking down at them to stop yelling or screaming or just do it with the yelling. or even hitting their kids for no reason because they didn’t stop, it’s called neglecting a child, if you watch those shows usually the olderest or middle react with bad behavior because they are’t getting any respect from the parents.

    going down to their level so your eye to eye level with your kid or kids is more giving them respect and it shows that you’re taking the time to care and to find out why your child is hurting or upset. children are born into this world as fraglie innocen ‘i need to learn and you are my teather’ and when you talk to them in those high ‘nothing will hurt you’ tone if you know what i’m talking about (sorry if i don’t make sense) children are to believe that the world is safe i mean they believe in Santa Claus and no harm will happen, it’s what parents are supposed to do

    get to know your child the right way and maybe you won’t have any of these spoiled rotten children with their ‘bad’ attitude it’s all because ‘they weren’t loved as a child’ or rebeling cause of some reason for not listening as a child and parents trying or not trying to do anything they can

    Thank you

    you may drop the money in my hat “points to hat on ground”

  6. 6 Shelby March 1, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I think using children in video’s can become of concern becuase the child is not given a chance to defend his or her actions. It does seem kinda of strange that the parents capitolized on it by making t-shirts. However my question is, how is any different than America’s funniest home video’s or kids say the darnest things, I don’t recall anyone questionning the logistics of thos e things. I don’t know that a child would be ok with them being used in this way. However many children do and say strange things, and we think of it as cute, and maybe even laugh…i am not sure that a child really cares/or maybe that they do not understand about what kind of reaction might come from concerned people.

  7. 7 Milad March 1, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I would have to agree with Shelby in part. There are shows dedicated to capture the humour of children for our own entertainment and they go without criticism. In the case of the kid stuck behind the sofa it is a little funny however the parents dragged that on for too long while the kid was begging to get out. As for the case with the child telling his father that the baby is bleeding there should be no doubt that this is not a laughing matter. I don’t know what was goin on through the fathers head while he laughed hysterically at his child who obviously showed concern for the baby. Regardless of the morality behind the topic some individuals will find this funny while others will find it wrong.

  8. 8 daffiepie March 1, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Wow! nice job Mina! 🙂

    I have SUCH A HUGE PROBLEM WITH THIS! it’s like the parents purposely want to display their kids doing whatever to gain laughter for their own entertainment. Even on shows like America’s Funniest Videos, they always show kids on bikes falling and people laughing and then little babies doing silly things! I think these things are private moments to be shared with family and not the WHOLE world. Some of the things can be embarassing for younger kids and we don’t know how it might affect them when they are older! This is a growing problem and it makes me sad that adults find this entertaining. I mean sometimes it’s okay but most of the time we’re ridiculing the situation which is not right!

  9. 9 Robert March 2, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I feel that there is a hierarchy in society, where adults are superior to children. This is because of the fact that they have life experience, and generally have a good understanding of what is right and wrong. Children need to learn this things, either by physical punishment or constructive dialogue.
    THIS HOWEVER, is shameful. How does a child learn what is right and wrong by not only being humiliated by their parents, but having it posted on the internet for all to see, only to haunt them years down the road.
    I firmly believe, that in such example as this, the parents have not yet reached the level they should be, and are not much better than the immature teenager looking for a laugh.
    Thank you.

  10. 10 Marisa March 3, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I remember my parents teaching me lessons but not laughing at embarrassing moments and then broadcasting it for everyone to see. I think these parents are teaching the children that public humiliation is acceptable… so what do the kids do when they go to school– the same thing , its just a cycle of coldness leading to bullying. Kids practice what they see and experience as acceptable.


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