Should I let my child do online vlogging?

Over the past decade, videos have taken over the Internet. It seems like there is a new one going viral every other day. Whether it’s a funny cat clip or a documentary, people are drawn to both long- and short-form videos. 

Does your child enjoy watching online videos as well? If he does, chances are he would have come across a vlog before and may have even asked for permission to create his own online vlog. So, what exactly is vlogging and should you allow your child to do it?

What is vlogging?

Vlogging is simply short for “video blogging.” It is a type of online content that combines video and blogging to deliver a message. Unboxing and gaming videos as well as daily vlogs from professional vloggers are the most popular types of content watched amongst children.

What are the benefits of vlogging?

There are many skills that your child can learn from vlogging, such as creativity and communication.

  1. Express creativity: Vlogging is a great way for your child to learn how to share his ideas and stories in a way that engages and inspires others. He has control over the entire videoing and editing process from conception to execution. Film in a unique angle, add extra effects, or insert different types of subtitles—the sky is really the limit when it comes to creating his own personal vlog. 
  1. Improve communication: Vlogging can help your child to improve his communication and storytelling skills. Through vlogging about his everyday life, reviewing products or services, or simply giving his opinions on current events, he can share his thoughts and experiences with other individuals. With repeated practice, he is bound to get better at expressing himself. Improved communication skills builds his confidence as well.
  1. Expand his horizons: After vlogging, your child can post the videos online. Whether it’s from his family and friends or strangers from all over the world online, your child can quickly get different opinions and feedback under the Comment section. This allows him to connect with like-minded people and expand his horizons.

What to do to keep my child safe while vlogging?

There are definitely risks associated with vlogging that parents need to be aware of, such as being vulnerable to cyberbullying and privacy concerns if too much personal information is shared online. 

However, while vlogging can leave children open to these potential risks, there are specific steps you can take to keep your child safe.

First and foremost, set boundaries before allowing your child to start. Discuss with him the type of content he’d like to create and draw up a list of rules that he must follow. For example, your child should use a nickname online and not reveal confidential information, such as his real name, address, and school. 

Once your child is done filming and editing, be sure to check the video before it goes up on social media. Even if the vlog is up, the work doesn’t end. Constantly monitor the Comment section for inappropriate content and report them if needed. 

Let Your Child Express His Creativity Safely 

If your child enjoys showing his creative side, why not consider sending him to a performing arts school? At MindChamps Académie of Stars, you can be assured that your child can express himself freely in a safe space. We have singing as well as speech and drama classes to help your child groom and unleash his inner star. Through our new course Champion Communication for Teens – Social Media Broadcasting, our students will also learn how to podcast, vlog, review, and conduct sales pitches online. Schedule a visit to find out more about Singapore’s premier performing arts school today!