Aaron, our six-year-old, was browsing instructional art videos on YouTube. Â The art subject of choice was Mario, of course.
He knows how to do this sort of thing himself. Â After logging in to his account, he launches his web browse, and types “youtube mario” in the Google Search field to get to YouTube. Â After that, he’ll type “draw mario” into the YouTube search box, and he’s off and running with his instructional videos.
His mother and I were in another room when we heard him get frustrated a few minutes later.
“It’s not there! I can’t find it. It’s not anywhere! I can’t find MS Paint.”
I knew right away what had happened. Â He’d navigated from a YouTube clip of somebody drawing Mario with a pencil to one doing it in Microsoft Paint, and he wanted to try it out himself.
I ran to him. Â He was on a Windows PC, so he obviously had Paint, but there was no telling where he was looking for it.
When I got to him, I saw that he’d typed variations of “ms paint” into the Web Browser’s search box and into YouTube’s search box about a dozen times.
Poor kid. He was searching for Microsoft Paint in the only places on the computer he knew. Wasn’t everything on the web?