My mind on YouTube and Christianity
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Any enlightened eye that have had occasion to consider will agree with me that YouTube is for the most part not Christian friendly – despite that that it can be quite resourceful at times. Now while I would rather that Christians setup and keep their own curate list of Christian friendly informative and leasure videos, I understand that some may be compelled to depend a little on video resources on YouTube. I say little because I honestly believe only a handful of video types can be consumed on YouTube (I should share the video types I feel compelled to consume at the moment). And below I wish to share measures I use to try and minimize stumbling.
- I use the Chrome browser on PC with an Add-on called Ad Block. This blocks all ad types by default on YouTube
- It also features the ability to permanently prevent certain sections of web pages from loading. Through this I managed to remove both the dreaded right suggested/Up-next video panel as well as the comments (often sad by themselves or the profile picture of the commentor). Yes I use the same to remove sections/elements on other sites I use often such as online banking portal banners, Paypal homepage banners, etc.
- I have through the use of same also removed the suggested videos in the end of each play back. Which can be equally offensive as the right side panel alluded to above.
- As a male, I avoid female presented video resources (and avoid going through the male presented ones in front of wife). This is mainly because a fallen dress code is very common amongst pagan based videos.
- Again the use of arrogant language (that vexes/mocks) is often expected even on pagan’s most formal video resources. So I labour to use headphones so we do not end up having two vexed souls (wife included) – Never mind exposing the kids thereto.
- If any video should refuse to cooperate (by featuring multiple offenses in its footage makeup), I instantly toss it over the shoulder! Yes I reckon I rather go without the desired information (if I cannot help it) than to get compromised spiritually.
- I avoid YouTube on mobile but I already use a recommend the Adblock Browser (based on Google Chrome) which is also of great value in blocking non YouTube web page ads. Before the recently Firefox add-on breakdown, I used the Adblock plus on Firefox for mobile/Android to block ads. I should check and update if this works again and whether their newly implemented web section blocking feature works on mobile.
The foregoing are video types I am currently forced to consume on YouTube
- Auto DIY based videos – to help with servicing the old KIA
- Game and video animation tutorials – help with video and game content creation
- Very few kids animation – most of which I have to edit (prune out bits) before sending to the desktop the boys use
- Howto videos – I sometimes search these just to have something to keep the boys preoccupied. These works better than videos meant for kids as the theme is normally innocent. I however normally battle the dressing of individuals who may appear on the same an often have to discard many without even attempting to edit them. Yes ideally a good kids video is one that is also careful not to offend the parent or guardian as they administer it to the kids.
- No I follow no comedies, sports, soapies, movies or any other kindred secular video work. Yes I also find many professed Christian videos/films having much of the world in them and hence can follow non of those either. In fact any Christian video resource that is published on YouTube (with the exception of evangelism videos) gets no sympathy from me for Christ’s sake. Never mind those who even run ads on their YouTube published ‘Christian’ video content – more on this here. Yes I really rather we curate our own on a website we can have control over (I do not see this on YouTube nor do I think they are obligated as their intent is not to honor the same God and Christ we do). And this here is otherwise my mind on television and Christianity.
While I yet to complete this account, I came to learn that YouTube has a paid plan that allows download and well and removal of ads. While this does affect several positions above (Such as now judging it as unethical to download their videos without a premium account) I still find blocking their ads and other mentioned elements as quite ethical. More so since Google features ad blockers for their Chrome browser. This realization does however makes it even more needful to try (if at all possible) to mobilize the creation of Christian friendly kids video contents. As I do not find taking up a premium account for videos that remains largely lean even after being pruned for obviously off parts. I hope to update the entire article taking into consideration the newly realized fact should providence permit. The LORD show mercy in Christ Jesus’ name.