The death of the keyboard has been suggested many times in the past, and whilst mobile devices are popular in schools, all children at some time or other will probably still need to access video content on a desktop or laptop.
Pretty much most people are OK with the space bar for pausing and playing a YouTube video. I think. I still see children (and adults) reaching for the mouse to pause a clip, or to ‘rewind’ content. Teach your children these shortcuts (they’ll know some already) and the world is their oyster! Or rather they’ll be able to navigate YouTube content in a more effective way...
Streamline your viewing
Who knew about the full stop and comma for going forwards/backwards one frame at a time? Great for stop-motion animation inspiration! Also why not use the J K and L keys as a way of pausing (K), and going backwards (J) and forwards (L) ten seconds? The arrow keys (left/right) do the same job but advance/retreat 5 seconds per press.
I like the row of numbers 1-9 across the keyboard enabling you to skip from 10% to 90& of a video. The zero key automatically restarts a video too.
So until the keyboard becomes completely superfluous, these 21 shortcuts are going to save you time when you're on YouTube. I've tried these shortcuts out on Vimeo, and apart from full-screen (F) and a couple of others, it looks like most of these aren't going to work there. Check out the Slides below and see how many you recognise: