A huge question arises when deciding to create a YouTube channel for your child or children. The question being are we exploiting our children? If you can answer honestly “No” to this question then you may want to explore all the risks and benefits before you go ahead and create a YouTube channel for your kids.
Recently, my husband and I considered the idea of creating a channel for our kids. Sounds pretty crazy right? Well this all started when we realized our children’s love for YouTube. We don’t have a problem with my oldest watching channels such as Blippi, Ryan’s Toy Reviews, and The Axel Show. While my youngest child loves to watch the nursery rhyme shows such as Mother Goose Club, and Little Baby Bum. These channels are children friendly, and educational.
My husband and I explored around with the YouTube video idea a little bit, so I uploaded a video of the boys to my own YouTube channel. As our children watched themselves on TV their eyes lit up and they shouted with excitement.
If our boys can bring as much excitement to another child as Axel, Blippi, and Ryan have brought to our children then we’re successful. Uploading videos to social media also has the benefit that your videos will always be there. This means that we’ll never lose these videos or accidentally delete them. Which I often seem to do somehow. Our children can always look back on their channel to see what fun memories we shared. Also, we’re sharing with family, friends, and others.
Our big debate was over reasonable questions and concerns that most parents would worry about. Which are safety and privacy. However, the more we pondered on the idea, the more at ease we felt. If anyone in your family has Facebook, or Instagram and post a picture of your child then its on the Internet forever. You can look up anything and everything these days and almost always find what you’re searching for. We’re also living in the age of technology and it’s progressing by the day. However, we’ll always try to take precautionary measures when it comes to our children.
My children love to see themselves on YouTube. As of right now, we really don’t see a problem with posting their videos. The videos are learning, educational, playtime, and fun. They are designed for other children to learn and enjoy. Of course, this channel is more restricted as we’re not accepting comments at this time. We‘ll also monitor it closely and do our research often.
If you’re considering creating a YouTube channel for your child, just make sure that this is something your child wants to do. Ask for their permission to be recorded while advising them that the videos will be made public. If at any time your child isn’t enjoying themselves, you should stop. If your child asks you to discontinue the channel, do so. Depending on the age of your children, you’ll know the signs if they’re not ok with filming.
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