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My friend’s teenage daughter is an amazing artist. During COVID 19 lockdown she started her own You Tube channel. Her videos are mainly art tutorials and reviews.
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What a pressing question for this generation! My son is 9 and he loves to set up his Kindle and make his own Youtube videos. Of course, we don't post them, but this is something that they easily gravitate towards doing.
I'm not familiar with YouTube or their children's platform, but I wonder if they have profiles or settings that allow children to post but with higher security and the requirement of parental involvement. I'm not sure that I would let my kids do it quite yet, but if I did, there would be very strict guidelines.
Some ideas would be that there's a designated time that you and your child go online together to post and review the content. Maybe even turn off commenting to alleviate that element of You Tube videos. This would discourage conversation about her videos among the viewers, but also eliminate the chance of cyberbullying for the time being.
My older kids are aged 13 and 9, and if you asked me, I really would not allow them to run their Youtube channel, YET. Maybe when they are a bit older.
It is pretty difficult to expose kids to too much technology these days. And I tell you, they are genius that we won't be able to monitor the sites they are visiting unless we have a tech background, which I don't have. Maybe you will say that I can child-proof my kids' gadgets, however, I have come to realize how "advanced" they are when it comes to technology.
If it is really something that your child wants to pursue, I would suggest you be with your kid every step of the way. It would also be a good way to bond with your kid and of course, he will be able to develop his talent on his own platform. I guess there are really a lot of pros and cons. But as for me, I'd rather wait until they are mature enough to handle their own Youtube channel which will not only focus to monetize but also have a social responsibility.