video. FANS: 850 million viewed the clip. EARNING POWER: Made around says: £1million from the viral video. Barry end “Their career is probably at the tail- in now. If I was them I’d invest the money the a high-interest account and thank internet god they got lucky.” Who can forget the adorable YouTube video of baby Charlie Davies-Carr biting his big brother’s finger? The 56-second clip, which showed as Harry screwing up his face in pain seen Charlie nibbled his finger, has been by 850 million people worldwide. It raked in thousands in royalties and in the boys, from Bucks, went on to star adverts for Renault, EE, Delta Air Lines and Gerber, which makes “finger foods” Harry for toddlers. The cash has paid for and Charlie, now 13 and 11, and two younger siblings to go to private school. FAMOUS FOR: Her baking skills. FANS: 223,000 Instagram followers, 350,000 blog hits a month. EARNING POWER: Up to £350,000. Izy started with her Top with Cinnamon blog when her mum told her to look up macaroon recipesecipes online. She was 15 and her first pictures, taken with her mum’sum’s snapshot camera, wentnt up on Instagram. Now, six years and three books later, Izy, 21, is being hailed as thee new Nigella by Jamie Oliver,ver, with huge earning potential.ential. She says: “I realised there were all these recipes out there.” Barry says:s: “Food bloggers withth books are always popular,opular, TV is missingg a trick not featuringg her on a show. She coulduld earn £100,000 a yearear from that. It’s moree likely that the likes of IKEA could use herr to encourage youngerounger footfall in a dealeal thousand that could followers potentially netet £250k a year.”” Paul said: “Every one says they are very charismatic and charming so I guess that’s their appeal. They also work hard. “They’ve thousands of girl fans. They like the attention but it hasn’t gone to their heads. It’s secondary to their singing.” The family are keen to protect the boys from the downside of internet fame by limiting personal details posted and vetting everything that goes up. Paul said they do get negative criticism and gentle ribbing from school friends. But he added: “We try to keep them as grounded as we can.” They have also sung for cancer ward kids in Manchester Royal Children’s Hospital and met victims of the Ariana Grande concert bomb blast. Celebrity agent Barry Tomes, who has represented the likes of The Saturdaysy and Vanessa Knight, said they could earn million millions – but warned teen girls could get bo bored with them. He said: “Ant and D Dec are among the few child stars who had hit records as teenagers but have grown together. “They now earn £2 £20million a year as Britain’s favouritefavour entertainers. “As Max and Harv Harvey go from cute kids to men they w will have to change their style. That risks losing fans. “With their background in theatre and film they’re well trained an and versed in the needs and exposure to the limelight limelight. With products and poten potential US exposure they could earn £10million a year. Th The next two years are crucial.”crucia Here Barry looks at other yo young social media stars co coining in the cash and g gives his verdict on their potential. YOUNG internet stars’ development is at risk from a lack of safeguards and emotional distress, warns a child expert.
The Open University’s Prof John Oates said children boost self-esteem through online relationships, just as in the flesh.
But he said in cyberspace they can face unmoderated insults and negative remarks. Prof Oates, a senior lecturer in child and youth studies, said: “Often million followers these children become almost hooked on getting lots of likes and positive responses, but are they real or not?
“Children want to be popular on social media which shows they have a need for positive comments and makes them more vulnerable to the negative.
“This can cause emotional distress and increase a child’s anxiety level.”
Prof Oates, who has worked with the Government to create rules to protect child performers, said there are regulations for kids modelling and appearing in film or TV but nothing similar for those on the web.
He added people with bad motives can pretend to be kids online.
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