Kid youtuber – Mom’s cheat sheet to help your child shine!
If you have read our previous articles about the highest paid Youtubers of 2020, you must know that a kid Youtuber ranks first.
In recent years, hundreds of kids have risen to bankable internet stardom on Youtube. People, or rather, the adults, call them “kid Youtuber”. They’re the child stars of the social media age, tiny captains of industry with their own merchandise, along with millions of views and subscribers.
As such, don’t be surprised if one day your child suddenly tells you he or she wants to create a Youtube channel. It’s hard to resist the urge to be a Youtube star these days!
But the big question is, whether to allow children to post videos on YouTube. Specifically, how much leeway can you give children while also protecting them—from themselves as much as from others.
More importantly, should you discourage it and reject such advances in technology? Or should you support your kids and teach them how to swim in the digital sea?
To answer those burning questions, today we will guide you through the world of a kid Youtuber. Let’s go!
Why do children want to be a kid Youtuber
The first thing a parent needs to realize when their child is thinking about creating a Youtube channel is that they’re trying to express themselves.
They clearly feel strongly about this venture and feel confident enough in themselves to create something that may be worth watching by other like-minded kids.
Your kid may see it as a way of expressing herself, learning digital video skills, sharing with friends, and experimenting creatively.
For those reasons alone, you need to balance your concerns with the benefits your child can reap.
Still, it’s a good sign that he or she asked for your permission. With your guidance and support, your kid can do it safely. And who knows, this fun project may be useful down the road.
In fact, more and more kids are using their Youtube channels as digital portfolios to showcase their work to employers, colleges, and potential collaborators.
How to help your children be a kid youtuber
All the benefits aside, becoming a YouTube star isn’t a likely outcome for most kids (or adults). Even then, there’s no reason why they can’t try.
Therefore, your kid will need all your assistance to set up his or her first Youtube channel.
Set up a Youtube account
Your kid’s age will determine how to proceed from here.
While Youtube permits users between the ages of 13 and 17 to register for an account with parental permission, the site does not allow children under the age of 13 to create an account.
This is due to the fact that the parent company, Google, collects and markets user data. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) exempts kids from data collection.
But, as we all know, there are plenty of kid Youtubers out there. Some even have multiple Youtube channels.
Before you hesitate, no, it’s not illegal for kids under 13 to create profiles on Youtube. As long as the parent is aware of the account, knows user data is being collected, and has approved the kid’s account, then you’re good to go.
Choose one of the following options if your kid is under 13.
Use a parent’s account
If you have Gmail, you can simply go to Youtube, log in with your Gmail address, and go to the account settings. Pay special attention to the upload and the comments defaults, which you can approve before they go live or turn off altogether.
If your kids use your account, you’ll do all the uploading. However, your kids can still have lots of creative control over the design of the channel, the descriptions, and, of course, the videos.
Create a Family Link account
If you have an Android device, you can use Google’s Family Link app that lets you create supervised accounts for kids under 13.
The Family Link app helps you monitor your children’s online activities. It also allows parents to set certain digital ground rules for their children.
If your child already has an account, Family Link will walk you through linking your account to your child’s account.
Tips on building a kid youtuber’s career
Once you have done setting up a Youtube channel for your kid, you and your kid can finally start making and posting videos.
But before that, to make the experience safer and more enjoyable, here are some useful tips for parents to build a kid youtuber’s career.
Talk about time and effort
If becoming a Youtube star is your child’s latest dream, it’s crucial for you to point out for your kid how much time and practice is required in order to become successful.
After all, just like becoming a famous actor, a hit musician, or a star athlete; in other words, one needs to devote as much time and effort as possible. The same with becoming a Youtube creator, no less a kid Youtuber.
Don’t make them think that just standing around talking is good enough to attract millions of Youtube subscribers.
You need to make your child aware that making content that stands out on today’s steady stream of Youtube videos is a time-consuming and challenging task.
To do so, you need to show your kid the process of video production.
In reality, before you can film, you need to set up your equipment and make sure any backdrop you’ll be using is right for the video.
After filming, you’ll need to edit, which can take several hours depending on the length of your video and how much footage you need to go through. Then you’ve got to upload and market the video to attract viewers.
To sum it up, filming is just a small percentage of the time you’ll spend making your YouTube videos. It is important your kid knows what’s there for them as a kid Youtuber.
Talk about money
If your child somehow has the time and know-how to create their own channel (but let’s be honest: you’ll probably be helping quite a lot), they also need to realize that it can be a big investment.
Having expensive equipment like a DSLR camera, high-quality microphone and premium edit software might result in better views and subscribers. But you need to remind your child of the maximum threshold that you can spend on these gears.
Better yet, you can encourage them to start small, with the phone they already have, using free editing software. If they start to see some return on their videos, they might be able to invest some money in better equipment.
You should start off by asking your child to create a proposal for his/her channel. It needs to describe what (s)he wants to offer, who the audience is, how often (s)he’ll post, whether (s)he’ll take advertising, and other considerations.
Even if your child has all the money and time in the world, along with a ton of motivation, they need to remember that content is key.
Before they begin, they should have a good idea of what direction they want to take their channel in, and this means doing a ton of research on YouTube channels that are already popular.
Their content needs to stand out in oversaturated markets of toy-unboxings and gameplay. Encourage them to think of a unique angle they’d like to approach with their channel.
Next, it’s time to discuss what to share and what not to share online.
They need to understand some things should better be kept private. This includes where they go to school or the names of family members, friends, teachers or caretakers. Your kid should not reveal information about their age and day-to-day whereabouts as well.
We recommend that you don’t allow your children to show their faces in their videos. All for your child’s own safety.
Dealing with comments
Youtube is a scary place. On one hand, it’s a place where people can share their greatest memories or message. But on the other hand, it’s a place where kids have to face hateful words.
As the one who is in control of your child’s Youtube account, you have the option of turning comments off, limiting comments, or keeping them on all the time.
Whether your child is sensitive or not, you need to let them know that not everyone is nice or is going to love their content. Some people simply like being mean behind their keyboard, no matter how sadistic the act is.
YouTube comments are notoriously harsh. But dealing with feedback is a learning experience.
Therefore, encourage your kids to seek in-person, valuable and constructive feedback from friends and family members rather than creating space for people they don’t know to potentially insult them.
Your job is not done once your kids’ channel is up and running. They will definitely need your continuous support. After all, unexpected issues – both positive and negative – will eventually come up. Knowing that you will always have their back is a big deal.
And with that, thank you for reading today’s article. And as always, sign up for AudienceGain for more helpful tips to run your (or your kids’) Youtube channel. See you next time!
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