My 11 year old, God love him, is a little eccentric. He will come up to me throughout the day and spout off random facts. “Hey mommy, did you know there there are (insert random number here) different types of plant diseases.” To which I say something like “Um Joshua, does mommy look like farmer Joe or Mary Mary Quite Contrary.” (<– The answer to this is no. I don’t by the way.) So then he just huffs at me, shakes his head in disgust at how silly his mom is and walks away.
The point is, I have to wonder where he gets this random information, so I went in search of his iPod. I let him Google freely with settings in place, but he knows the first time I catch something bad, the iPod is gone. I looked through his history the other day and cracked up. This is what an 11 year old boy Googles.
“Are Fairies Real?” – Hmm I guess he was doing some research for Peter Pan.
“Can my iPod talk to me?” – I sure as hell hope not. If it is talking to you, we may have issues.
“Police Sirens” – Yeah, I found out what this was for the other day as we were driving down the road and he set one off. Good way to lose your iPod by the way.
“Can my iPod become a phone?” – Yes, through the transformative powers of “you” and “wish.” (Spell check tells me transformative is not a word, but I like it, so it is staying.)
“How to write in Chinese?” – He actually did practice writing in Chinese. He has no idea what it says, but it looks pretty cool.
So there you have it, a look at the inner workings of a tween’s Google habits. By the way, if your company decides to use this information to influence their marketing strategy to kids online, I totally want my cut!
What is the weirdest thing you have ever googled?