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.

Apps for Children to Make Their Own Videos

Do your children like to use your tablet, phone, or iPad to take videos and pictures? I have seen many kids playing around with them. Why not let them benefit from their interest and have them create some fun videos? Children will have a good time without even knowing it. They will learn movie making and presentation skills. A few will learn about storytelling as well. We’re going to share some apps that let children make presentations and movies with video-making apps. Since lots of them are simple to use, young kids like preschool children should be capable of using lots of them.

LEGO Movie Maker: a free app by LEGO, this one aids children in making motion videos with a step-by-step guide, taking pictures frame by frame, and bringing it together with music. It is a great one for children of any age.

GoldiBlox is also a free app that young kids can use. With this, children not only use pics they take, but a can also draw them or use stickers that are provided.

Toontastic has been an all-time favorite. It comes with all the tools children need to make a video. Children can take videos and pics as footage or use the offered characters and settings. What is really great is that it instructs children on how to make videos. It hasn’t been long since the creator has offered it as a free app.

Tellagami is a good one for journals or short videos. Children pick a character as their reporter and they narrate or type a short message for the reporter to deliver. Since there is a limit, it is a solid one for children who are just beginning to create videos. They don’t feel the pressure of creating a complete movie. They can just create one scene at a time.