If your child is interested in playing soccer, you sign them up for soccer camp. If your child likes art, you buy them art supplies, but what if your child is interested in YouTube?
There are many benefits and skills your child can gain by creating videos and posting to their own channel. First, many artistic, creative, and technical skills are required to just produce a video on YouTube. In order to increase views and subscribers, your child must learn how to market themselves and their channel. Most importantly, your child will gain confidence in themselves through performing and speaking to a large audience.
If your child is an avid Youtube watcher, check out some of our tips to engage with them in this post.
Here are our tips for engaging with your child’s YouTube channel:
- Help them set up their channel. If you have questions about setting up a YouTube account for your child, we have posted directions here. To help them brand their channel, ask them to think about what makes them unique and how they could incorporate that into a YouTube channel. Your child probably watches a lot of YouTube as well, so ask them what they like about their favorite channels, or what motivates them to leave a “thumbs up” (YouTube’s rating system) on a video. Encourage your child not to copy their favorite YouTubers, but rather be inspired by them.
- Follow them! Actively engage with their channel by watching their videos and leaving a “thumbs up” or a comment. By telling them what you liked about their video on YouTube, you are showing interest not only in them but in the platform as well.
- Help them set goals. If your child is interested in growing their channel, help them to set goals such as a certain number of subscribers or views. If they achieve these milestones, celebrate and encourage them to gain more. If they do not reach these goals, brainstorm with them about how they can work harder to achieve the goal. Your child will learn about perseverance and resilience by working toward to these milestones. Milestone celebration videos are a popular video topic as well.
- Help your child market their video. Encourage them to talk about their channels with others; brainstorm some people who might be interested in their content. With their permission, share their videos on your own social media. You can also create business cards for your child’s channel cheaply, using online templates and a printer. These should include their first name, email, and channel name, and are great to bring to YouTube cons or other YouTube events and activities.
- Help them brainstorm topics for their videos. Family activities or vacations are great subjects for videos, and your child will be able to keep a video of these memories. Have them interview a friend or family member. Will their teacher let them film a video for a school project?
- Review YouTube’s community guidelines about safety to let them know what they can and cannot post. Remind them that these are set by YouTube so that everyone can enjoy watching videos. Discuss with your child why different types of videos are not allowed on YouTube and anything they might have seen on the site that violates these rules. This is also a great time to discuss your own expectations and guidelines for your child’s YouTube channel.
- Keep learning! Check your community for classes and events related to YouTube and video production. Classroom Antics will be holding Video Production: Tube Stars summer camp, where your child will learn all about how to make videos on YouTube.
A big thanks to Help! My Kid Wants to be a Youtuber by Michael Buckley and Jesse Malhotra.