Is it Okay for My Child to Start His/Her Own YouTube Channel?

It may seem old to parents, but for children, video is a great way to communicate. All the cool apps, like Instagram, Musical.ly, Messenger, and Snapchat allow users to share video clips. Even though you may have apprehensions about the dangers of broadcasting on the internet, your child may think of it as an outlet to express him or herself, share with family/friends, and be creative. It’s vital to weigh your concerns with the advantages she/he will reap.

First, as the parent, it’s a positive sign that you were asked permission. With your

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support and guidance, your child can create them safely. It can be a fun project that may be helpful down the road. In fact, more and more children are using their own channels, Tumblr, Instagram, or Snapchat, as digital portfolios to show to their work to colleges and potential employers. Even YouTube provides free educational content for folks who are real about their work.

Your child’s age will influence how to continue. YouTube is supposed to be for people over 13-year old due to the fact that the parent company, Google, gathers and markets user data. The COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) pardons children from data collection. However, as we all know, lots of children have YouTube channels. One of YouTube’s biggest and top-earning users is the kid star on EvanTube.

It’s not against the law for children younger than 13 to make social media profiles on sites that gather user data just as long as the parent knows about the account, knows user data is being gathered, and has approved the child’s account. So, if your child wants to make keep a video blog about everyday school life to what’s it like to be a sibling, let them.

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