After at least a year of asking, I finally caved and made my daughter her own YouTube channel.
She’s 7 and a half.
I’m still not fully sold on my decision. She LOVES YouTube; it’s the only thing she really watches, except for the occasional Pokemon or Full House episode on Netflix. It all started years ago when she started watching Stampy’s Minecraft videos. Then along came DanTDM, PopularMMOs and a lot of the other gamers. Then we were introduced to the Funnel Vision gang (aka FGTeeV, Chase’s Corner, Skylander Boy & Girl and who knows how many other channels), Guava Juice and sadly, Annoying Orange (no matter how many times I hit unsubscribe he keeps showing back up).
I’ve been justifying my decision with these pros:
Online Responsibility: I can use this as a tool for how to become a safe, responsible member of online society – this Momma ain’t raising no troll. (Fear not: I’ll be moderating any and all comments, so dealing with trolls isn’t something she’ll have to deal with)
Responsibility in General: She already knows there will be no 1000 degree knife challenges or cinnamon challenges on her channel. If she’s ‘out there’, she can use her voice for good and fun, but not blatant irresponsibility (I mean really, hot knife challenges on channels geared at kids?)
Nothing Comes Easy: She’s going to be in charge of this endeavour – it’s her channel, not mine. Although, after just one afternoon of editing in iMovie, she already is better at it than me (even though she’ll have to learn over time that less is more when it comes to transitions, etc…LOL). Also, because making a decent vlog means having a plan before you start filming, she’s writing out her story ideas in a notebook. She’ll be the one to decide if all of the effort is worth it.
The only con has been that she is becoming OBSESSED! Her little idea notebook is already bursting at the seams. While I don’t want to crush her ambitious dreams, I’ve set the expectation that dozens of subscribers will probably be more realistic than millions, and that her videos will not look as professional as the ones she’s used to watching – at least at first anyway. You know what though? She doesn’t care. She just wants to be a YouTuber, and unlike me, she doesn’t care if her hair is brushed or if the house is clean before she hits record… she just wants to share.
I think she’s pretty darn cool.
If you do too (or if you just want to see a very happy kiddo), please subscribe to her channel. (Okay, I guess I have one job – promotion… but it’s what I do best)
So, am I crazy? Do your kids have a YouTube channel? Would you let them?