LIT­TLE BEANS JUMP INTO YOUTUBE LIFE

The Sunday Times - - News -

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.

Pic­ture: Justin Ben­son-Cooper

Mod­ern fam­ily: Chloe and Ro Dun­stan with their chil­dren Pearl, Henry and Ru­fus, all aged one, and Felix, 2, Evan, 5, and Otto, 4.

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