Time on YouTube beats T V

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Adele Jen­nings YouTube mum and blog­ger at our­fam­i­lylife.co.uk

AS a mum of a teenage daugh­ter and a son of six, I’m very aware of the power of YouTube and I love it. With 300 hours of video up­loaded ev­ery minute and al­most five bil­lion videos watched each day, this is the new way our kids see the world.Well, it’s new to us but not to them. My kids no longer watch TV, pre­fer­ring to see their favourite YouTu­ber on an iPad. I took Am­ber to an eventvent to see the Side­men, sev­en­ven lads who upload videoss of them­selves play­ing video games like FIFA. They have more than 46 mil­lion sub­scribers. Hun­dreds of chil­dren,, each wear­ing some mer­chan­dise, were ea­ger to meet and greet these on­line stars. I’ve spent a small for­tune on Side­men hood­ies, T-shirts and books. Am­ber queued pa­tiently for over 90 min­utes to meet one of them and then two hours in the rain for them to emerge af­ter the event. Ja­cob told me:“I want to be a YouTu­ber,” and he tells his school friends that’s what he is. He was so ex­cited to meet EthanGamer at the Dig­i­tal Kids Show in Manch­ester. Up­load­ing a video, with an ac­count, can be done straight from a phone but you have to be 13 and over. Most of the young stars’ par­ents do the tech­ni­cal stuff, which also saves them from neg­a­tive com­ments. I write an on­line fam­ily blog, our­fam­i­lylife.co.uk, and I’ve had aYouTube chan chan­nel since 2013. Planet Ja­cobJa chan­nel started af­ter he pestered me to record him open­ing and play­ing with toys. I record, edit and upload t the videos. All our fam­ily have learn learned new skills through watch­ing YouTube tu­to­ri­als. It’s the new way to en­ter­tain to­day’s kids and pos­si­bly make some money for their fu­tures. I don’t see it as a bad thing.But only if it’s man­aged prop­erly.

SO THRILLED: Ja­cob meets EthanGamer

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