LITTLE BEANS JUMP INTO YOUTUBE LIFE
We’ve removed some of our old videos and would never post anything we think the kids might one day feel embarrassed about.
PERTH YouTube channel Life with Beans, featuring Chloe and Ro Dunstan and their six children under six, has attracted more than 160,000 followers since launching just over two years ago.
Mrs Dunstan said the social media exposure and the accompanying opportunity to connect with people all over the globe had been an overwhelmingly positive experience for her young family. However, she said she and her husband had become much more selective about the content they posted.
“When we first started filming we were watching a lot of other family channels for ideas and didn’t always stop to think carefully about what was OK to post,” she said.
“Some of the things we posted then, like the kids experiencing extreme emotions or having a meltdown, we wouldn’t post today. We’ve removed some of our old videos and would never post anything we think the kids might one day feel embarrassed about.”
She said the videos never included shots of the front of their home and the couple predominantly filmed in locations outside of their own suburb.
Advertising and endorsement revenue from Life with Beans, and sales from their online store, are the primary source of income for Mr and Mrs Dunstan who often work into the early hours of the morning editing film, packing orders and co-ordinating sponsored content.
“Another positive is that the channel motivates us to get out and visit places and do a lot of things we might not have otherwise,” Mrs Dunstan said.
The children all enjoy taking part in the videos and none of the Dunstan children have expressed hesitation or concern over their starring roles. If they did, that would be an instant game-changer.
“We haven’t had any direct threats . . . if we had I don’t think I would be comfortable doing what we do,” she said.
Modern family: Chloe and Ro Dunstan with their children Pearl, Henry and Rufus, all aged one, and Felix, 2, Evan, 5, and Otto, 4.