13 yr old wants to start own You Tube channel - would it be ok with you?

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jennifersofia Sun 09-Feb-14 15:37:38

Mainly doing make up tutorials, so videos of her from the chest up. Was not planning on it be friends only, but open access. I think she is hoping there will be loads of sponsers who will give her money or free products. hmm
Would you be worried? What do I need to watch out for?

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cmharrassed Sun 09-Feb-14 16:05:44

Set up the channel with her so that it is all very anonymous - ie no full names, ages and very generalised UK location etc. Make sure she does not link to any other social media she might have - eg twitter, facebook etc and make sure that if she does have these they are on shut down private authorised access only. Make it clear that you will be overseeing her account and reading any private messages she might get. DD has had her own music you tube channel since she just turned 14 - have to say there have been a fair few dodgy private messages which are easily dealt with by deleting and blocking and have been far outweighed by the friendly supportive ones!

cmharrassed Sun 09-Feb-14 16:06:37

oh, and tell her that to start with you must approve all videos prior to her uploading them to youtube

MurielHeslopp Mon 10-Feb-14 14:43:19

I have seen a number of teen beauty youtubers. I would echo the above about ensuring she reveals no private info what-so-ever.
But also that she's going to need a very thick skin. The comments left on these girls videos can often be bitchy at best and totally vile at worst.

AnythingNotEverything Mon 10-Feb-14 14:48:25

DS has a YouTube channel for gaming. I absolutely agree with the need to be thick skinned. Both strangers and "friends" can be mean with the written word.

Some kids in DS's year posted one of his videos to Facebook with some less than kind comments. Thankfully he doesn't care. Some kids would be devastated.

Maryz Mon 10-Feb-14 21:16:10

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jennifersofia Mon 10-Feb-14 23:44:02

Thanks so much for your helpful comments. I guess the thing that disturbs me most is that she wants it to be open access, rather than private invite only. I fear that it could get out of control quickly, or that comments will be made that will play on her mind. At the moment she says it is fine, she will be able to handle it, but I am sure she doesn't realise what it can be like.

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impty Tue 11-Feb-14 08:19:54

My dd did this (without asking). Put up a few videos. She didn't receive many comments, but did get one from a 'girl' asking her to do a dance hmm, thankfully she didn't respond. We made her take it down and closed the account, although we explained to her those videos are out there forever.

My dh works in IT, he was very unhappy about it. At 12 my dd is not mature enough to handle negative comments, or cynical enough to spot people pretending to be something they are not. That's good because she is a child.

I was more relaxed about it. However, I have spoken to more IT types about it and they were all of the same opinion. The Internet is not a safe play ground for children. It just isn't. Parental controls, blocking etc etc are pretty weak forms of defence. Not one would allow their children to do this.

CarltonG Sat 03-Dec-16 23:13:44

i personally don have an issue with is as my son started his on youtube channel as a hobbie:

noblegiraffe Sat 03-Dec-16 23:15:45

Turn off the comments if she must go ahead. YouTube comments are vile.

RitaCrudgington Sat 03-Dec-16 23:21:22

Animated films, or face-free video games reviews I'd probably allow, but not makeup tutorials with her face in view. There are some absolute pond-life out there, and a 13 year old isn't old enough to make an informed decision to face that.

JudithH Sun 04-Dec-16 12:05:28

I think I'd be asking her why she wants to do it. If its to feed her vanity then no. It's all about becoming famous these days isn't it?

There must be other avenues for her to share her make-up tips.

Littledrummergirl Sun 04-Dec-16 21:58:12

Ds1 had one when he was still in primary. His was anonymous and mainly him and his db gaming although he also recorded his guinea pigs and put that up.
I wouldn't have allowed any that showed his face then or now.

specialsubject Mon 05-Dec-16 21:14:16

Marketing 101 - there are loads of these already. Wotsername and doobydoo may make money, no one else will. Abuse and hassle for no gain at all.

Suggest some real world hobbies.

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