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The YouTube Potty Dance Craze: I Think I’ll Sit This One Out

Monday, August 25th, 2008

I stopped by Blog Fabulous today and saw a post showing a YouTube video of a bare-bottomed, adorable little guy named Zack doing the "potty dance" with his siblings.

The video even included a close-up shot of the results of the successful visit to the potty — numbers 1 and 2. (Could have gone all week, without taking a gander at that!)

Does anyone but me think this is a bit too much information to be sharing on the Web? I would no sooner allow my kid's naked toddler body to be seen on YouTube than I would eat a petunia salad for lunch. And I'm guessing no one I know would really care to see the contents of the potty.

But I may just be old-fashioned. Go to YouTube and type in "Potty Dance" and you'll be overrun with toddlers sitting on the potty or dancing beside the potty. And the comments on Blog Fabulous were all pretty positive about the video and others like it.

Some parents say it's terrific, positive peer pressure to be able to go to YouTube and let their little ones see other kids using the potty or doing a post-potty dance. "See, Zack went potty in the potty and he's younger than you!"

How about just showing them something like the "Elmo's Potty Time" DVD, which kids seem to love? (By the way — Elmo's naked butt on YouTube? I've got no problem with that.)

I love YouTube, and I do remember the days when I couldn't wait to get my kid out of diapers. But parents have been potty training their kids for generations without the need to put their bare butts on the Internet for all the world to see. (That "all the world to see" part worries me, too, frankly. There are some sick individuals out there who are looking at these videos for other purposes. Count on it.)

Little Zack, in the video, is obviously proud of his accomplishment, and this was a fun family moment — and a cute little video.

But maybe some things should be kept just within the family.