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(Slate)   "My daughter started a YouTube channel as a hobby, but now it occupies her every waking moment at the expense of her school work and socialization. Can we pull the plug on her budding internet fame? No, we aren't looking for free advertising"   (slate.com) divider line
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397 clicks; posted to Discussion » on 25 Jan 2022 at 5:18 AM (16 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-01-24 10:16:30 PM  
Transition her into a career in porn.  Problem solved.
 
2022-01-24 10:16:31 PM  
shiat parents
 
2022-01-24 10:21:02 PM  
A teenager obsessing about something?

Huh. That's not news and you should have parented somewhere along the way there.
 
2022-01-24 10:28:48 PM  
Wait until she learns about Only Fans.
 
2022-01-24 10:49:15 PM  
Edit her hosts file to permanently block YouTube. Problem solved. Possibly.
 
2022-01-25 5:26:47 AM  
Can somebody else please take over this whole responsible parenting thing from us? It turns out we just don't like the kid that much and can't really be bothered anymore. Mostly, we really don't want to deal with her hostility if we act like actual parents that say "no" on occasion.

Oh, and by the way, if you're good at this whole thing, you know walking in and teaching the kid to be responsible with toughness but somehow with a heart of gold underneath while always seeming to come out of things looking like a wise and insightful soul --- then maybe we can start up a youtube channel in the mold of some of those 70s and 80s sitcoms. Maybe a Mr. Belvidere sort of thing but with aspects of Mr. French and Mary Poppins.
 
2022-01-25 6:27:24 AM  
Running a Youtube channel can be a surprisingly high-pressure occupation. Viewers and, more importantly, the all-powerful Youtube algorithm demand frequent updates. People can get very easily caught up in the constant need to put out more videos with no limit on the time put in to create them. It can quickly become overwhelming and exhausting.

A 16 year old can't possibly have the experience or the self-discipline needed to be able to stop when it gets to be too much. If this is indeed real*, then her parents absolutely need to step in and make her stop for her own health.

*As this is a Slate advice column, I'd estimate the odds of it being real to be about 1 in 4 at best.
 
2022-01-25 7:01:09 AM  
How much is the channel making? If it is six figures or greater, school can wait.

Maybe this is shiatty parenting advice, but if you have a shot a lucrative career that you enjoy, take it when the opportunity arises.  Save your money and education will be out there waiting for you when the gravy train ends.
 
2022-01-25 7:35:16 AM  
Obsession is great for learning.  Lean into it.  Get her a course in film or television production.  Buy better equipment for her.

Make it all contingent on maintaining a decent average in other subjects, and taking one day a week off.  And of course watch what she's doing so she doesn't start showing tits for cash, at least while she's living under your roof.
 
2022-01-25 7:58:17 AM  
If the channel's doing well, it's likely to make far more money than whatever career path she was on via the education, and given the fleeting nature of trends, fame, and what types of content are popular, she may not easily get another chance.

Set reasonable limits, like "film -after- you do your homework", but yeah, if she's dedicated to that path and enjoying what she does, it's potentially a great career.
 
2022-01-25 8:23:05 AM  
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2022-01-25 9:57:12 AM  

wademh: Can somebody else please take over this whole responsible parenting thing from us? It turns out we just don't like the kid that much and can't really be bothered anymore. Mostly, we really don't want to deal with her hostility if we act like actual parents that say "no" on occasion.


Isn't that what the pandemic showed us that this is how a good 75% of parents feel about their crotchfruit? (also recently heard the term crotch goblins that I liked)

"risk your life to babysit my crotchfruit because I am tired of being responsible for them being home in distance learning"
 
2022-01-25 9:59:33 AM  

Gordon Bennett: Running a Youtube channel can be a surprisingly high-pressure occupation. Viewers and, more importantly, the all-powerful Youtube algorithm demand frequent updates. People can get very easily caught up in the constant need to put out more videos with no limit on the time put in to create them. It can quickly become overwhelming and exhausting.

A 16 year old can't possibly have the experience or the self-discipline needed to be able to stop when it gets to be too much. If this is indeed real*, then her parents absolutely need to step in and make her stop for her own health.

*As this is a Slate advice column, I'd estimate the odds of it being real to be about 1 in 4 at best.


There's also the ever-looming threat of demonetization.

My wife is a minor YouTuber and it's kind of like a job that might retroactively become a volunteer gig at any moment with no input from you.
 
2022-01-25 10:04:46 AM  

Koodz: My wife is a minor YouTuber and it's kind of like a job that might retroactively become a volunteer gig at any moment with no input from you.


Once you have some real money involved, you should always have a plan for a quick migration to an alternate host.  Actually, you should always be looking for a better deal, and own your own domain and web site that will easily re-point your viewers wherever you go.

And you should definitely be working on in-video ads over trusting YouTube to pay you.  Just don't be deceptive - let your viewers know who is paying you.
 
2022-01-25 1:09:34 PM  

Unsung_Hero: Obsession is great for learning.  Lean into it.  Get her a course in film or television production.  Buy better equipment for her.

Make it all contingent on maintaining a decent average in other subjects, and taking one day a week off. And of course watch what she's doing so she doesn't start showing tits for cash, at least while she's living under your roof age.


FTFY. You don't need an overzealous prosecutor dropping a child porn distribution charge on everyone in the household...

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Like others said, if she's making real (say netting north of $1k/week) money doing this, let her ride the gravy train while it last.  At least with the provision that grades are kept up* & that ... 80% (?) of the income is banked away for her future (invested to provide for higher education or as a supplement to regular job income when she's no longer the flavor of the month).

/*of course if she's netting, say $5k/week after taxes, temporarily dropping out of school to create a six figure portfolio as a teenager may be an option to explore too.
//DRTFA, assuming a high school age kid here.
 
2022-01-25 1:21:19 PM  
CSB: I work in the school system. A couple of years after I started two of our grade 5 students decided to start YouTube channels. They'd each start their own channel and team up sometimes to play Minecraft with facecams, etc.

Both sets of parents were okay with it but the parents would administer the channel, etc. The parents ended up having to contact the RCMP numerous times because of the comments people were leaving.

"How much to buy your underwear?"
"Hey, my number is xxx-xxx-xxxx Text me yo"
etc

After about six months of not really gaining any traction in subscriber count the two girls basically gave up much to the relief of their parents.
 
2022-01-25 1:22:29 PM  

Koodz: There's also the ever-looming threat of demonetization.

My wife is a minor YouTuber and it's kind of like a job that might retroactively become a volunteer gig at any moment with no input from you.


May I suggest branching out to Twitch? Maybe she can Twitch stream on weekends?
 
2022-01-25 2:53:58 PM  
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//i'm not crying, you're crying
 
2022-01-25 4:49:04 PM  
A hormonal 13 y/o girl is obsessed by something?

Color me shocked.

Honestly, though, it wouldn't be a bad idea to talk her back from the edge. You know the trolls are out there, even if she isn't saying anything.
 
2022-01-25 11:35:58 PM  
Fame, internet or otherwise is fickle as fark. Don't cultivate a desire for fame in your children. Cultivate creativity. Cultivate talent. Cultivate skills. Cultivate a self actualized personality so they don't seek the validation of others.

Also, while there are a few YouTubers who just grew a hobby page into a successful business they are a rarity. Most successful youtube channels these days are created by promotional and marketing companies, have a crew of people working on them and the "star" is just an actor they hired, usually someone related to an executive in one of the companies involved in the the production of the channel.

This isn't the 90s early 2000s internet. It's much much harder to accidentally become famous these days for more than 15 minutes. Internet entertainment is far too commercialized nowadays and the players involved manage every aspect of "the product". So yeah, do your job as a parent and make sure your kid gets an education that will prepare her to succeed in adult life.

Also 10,000 viewers is nothing. Don't piss away your daughter's future because you think that's in any way a meaningful sized audience. Even channels that get the 100,000 subscribers needed to get the YouTube plaque will struggle hand to mouth to stay afloat.
 
2022-01-26 5:58:33 AM  
Make her go out and socialise with her friends before she loses them and is left with only fans.
 
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