Feb 6, 2013 Contest/Giveaway
[This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the winner, Michelle.]
[This post was commissioned by BabyCenter.]
I’ll never forget the day I was sitting at Jake’s Tae Kwon Do class with Fiona, who was about three years old at the time. I was on my laptop, and I had given her my phone and headphones to amuse herself. I searched my YouTube app for “Dora Videos” and scrolled through the videos to make sure that there weren’t any results for porn stars named “Dora.” Nope, they were all familiar-looking cartoons.
At some point Fiona tapped me on the shoulder and said innocently “This isn’t Dora’s voice.” I grabbed the headphones and listened. Sure enough, someone had dubbed in porn-ish voices and noises over the cartoon. Oy.
This is one of the reasons why I love The Official LEGO® Channel so much! Jake is eleven and a compete LEGO® fanatic. They’re everywhere in our house. Plus he’s in his third year of being on a First LEGO® League Robotics team, which uses those amazing programmable LEGO® Mindstorm sets. I knew he’d love The Official LEGO® Channel, and I wouldn’t have to worry that he was watching something inappropriate.
It has stop-motion shorts, videos about how building with LEGO® bricks helps kids later in life, designers presenting their LEGO® kits and explaining how they came to be, and even just some silly stuff, like the SpongeBob SquarePants theme done in LEGO®. I added that one to my playlist of favorite LEGO® videos.
You can make your own playlist for your children. Not only do you get hundreds of safe, interesting videos for your child to watch, you also don’t have to worry about the internet being the internet, because the comments are disabled on most of the videos. The ones with comments seem to be mostly benign, but if you want to be extra careful, just don’t include any videos in your playlist with comments enabled.
I knew that Jake would love watching the videos. He plays with a lot of the LEGO® Star Wars™ and LEGO® The Lord of the Rings™ sets, has the XBox video games, etc., so those videos fit right into his existing interests. But what surprised me was how much I liked the videos geared more toward adults.
I thought that the four-part “blocumentary” about AFOL (Adult Fans Of LEGO®), adults who have taken LEGO® building far past the casual hobby stage, was fascinating (you can find it on my playlist). One of the participants summed the phenomenon up well: “Dorkdom has gone up in popularity. There’s freedom in being old enough not to care.”
My playlist just has my own favorite videos in it. I didn’t bother putting Jake’s in because he’s old enough to browse the channel and watch the ones he wants to. If you want to make your own playlist, it’s really easy:
· Visit YouTube.com/LEGO and watch one of your favorite videos
· Click “Video Options”
· Select “Add To Playlist”
· Sign-in using your YouTube login
· Add your selected video to an existing playlist or create a new one
· To prevent non-LEGO® videos from being recommended, build your playlist using only Official LEGO® Channel videos.
I’m giving away a $50 LEGO® gift card that can be used in a LEGO® store or online, and it’s really easy to enter. Just tell me in the comment section of this post something you love about LEGO®. It can be your kid’s favorite set, a memory from playing with them as a child, your favorite LEGO® video, anything good.
For a second entry, you can tweet about the contest with a link back to this post. The tweet must contain “@SelfishMom” (but should not start with it). Or, you can just copy and paste this:
Want to win a $50 Lego gift card? @SelfishMom is giving one away! Enter here: http://slf.sh/XVUmdq
Make sure to leave a second comment with a link to your tweet, or it won’t count (instructions on how to find and post the url of your tweet can be found here).
That’s two entries per household please. Prize fulfillment will be carried out by BabyCenter. The prize will be delivered six to eight weeks after the giveaway ends. You must be at least 18 years of age to enter, and prize can only be shipped within the US. Void where prohibited by law. The giveaway ends at noon-ish on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 and the winner will be chosen approximately 24 hours later.
The winner will be chosen by random.org. The winner will be emailed and the winner’s name will be posted at the top of this post once the winner is verified. It is each entrant’s responsibility to make sure that their entry appears in the comment section, and to contact me before the drawing if there is a problem. Entries that do not follow the rules stated in this post will not be approved. See my complete Giveaway Rules page for more information.
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