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#1 of 9 Old 08-25-2014, 01:25 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Ok to put child on YouTube?

Ok, so of course we all think our kid is the absolute cutest little thing out there. That everything they do is adorable and is photo/video worthy. So I totally think that about my 1-month-shy of 3 years old toddler. She loves watching toy reviews on YouTube and wanted her own (really, she did). So we made one and I posted it. DH doesn't really agree, thinks it's exploiting. I think it's adorable, she loves it and grandparents love it (http://youtu.be/9x1PgM2I-Sw). Do you think it's ok to have child on YouTube?
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My kids are on YouTube. Usually, the videos are locked down and shared with only friends and family. I'm not terribly fussed, though, if one of them goes public.

I think you have to use common sense about what to post, but it's generally fine.
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First, your video is SUPER CUTE!! My daughter loved it.

I think it's ok. I have my kid on YouTube for the sake of family to see her. Like someone said, use common sense. And hey, maybe you can go viral and make money.
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Didn't some kid recently "go viral" doing toy reviews? Did your daughter see that? How did a two year old even think of that?

And this feels like an attempt for page views disguised as a question but since you asked, you can get videos to the grandparents without the whole world seeing them.
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I think you should listen to your heart if you're about to post a video featureing your LO. Sometimes it may be not appropriate On the other hand, if this video makes people happier and more human - I would not hesitate to share...Hope that helps!
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I think it's okay to have your child on youtube, but I would use caution. Even though your child is small now, one day she might apply to college or for job. Colleges and recruiters are now examining your child's social networking profile, so it's good to have one, but just makes sure it represents the best your child has to offer. Your video is cute and won't harm her reputation. When she's older, it's a good idea to review what's appropriate to post with your child. If your child has a friend in her video, you should get her parents approval before posting, even if it's shared with family and friends only. For me, this goes for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and so many other apps your child will eventually want to upload to.
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When she's older, it's a good idea to review what's appropriate to post with your child. If your child has a friend in her video, you should get her parents approval before posting, even if it's shared with family and friends only. For me, this goes for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and so many other apps your child will eventually want to upload to.
I totally agree with this.

Also, what you want to post might not be what the kid is OK with either now or later. My DDs reprimanded me for posting about them on Facebook (and it was stuff I thought was totally cute and harmless, not even a pic or video, just a comment) - they were just not OK with it, and I need to respect that. I am also thinking of some friends who post some pretty personal stuff about their kids on their blogs and wondering how the kids feel about that being out there essentially forever. The same might go for a YouTube video.

There was actually an issue several years back with parents on Mothering finding out that the cute diaper photos of their kids ended up on a diaper fetish website. Does anyone remember that? Scary and creepy.


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I totally agree with this.

Also, what you want to post might not be what the kid is OK with either now or later. My DDs reprimanded me for posting about them on Facebook (and it was stuff I thought was totally cute and harmless, not even a pic or video, just a comment) - they were just not OK with it, and I need to respect that. I am also thinking of some friends who post some pretty personal stuff about their kids on their blogs and wondering how the kids feel about that being out there essentially forever. The same might go for a YouTube video.

There was actually an issue several years back with parents on Mothering finding out that the cute diaper photos of their kids ended up on a diaper fetish website. Does anyone remember that? Scary and creepy.
Gross! But it makes me feel less paranoid about my choice to keep all public pics of DD fully clothed and zero drama. For example, I'd never shame her (even in a "harmless" funny "oops, silly baby" sort of way) or video tape her having a tantrum as evidence to show her later.

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I also agree with the PP that said this thread was just an attempt for views.

That said, generally I'm not okay with kids on YouTube.
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