News ID: 211012
Published: 0655 GMT March 04, 2018

One in eight children a vlogger or blogger

One in eight children a vlogger or blogger

One in eight children is now ‘vlogging’ or running their own blog, research suggested.

Thousands of children as young as 11 are following in the footsteps of controversial YouTubers by setting up their own channels and uploading videos, wrote.

Data from nonprofit Internet Matters suggested that 13 percent of children aged 11 to 16 are running their own channel or blog, and more than one in three has uploaded video to YouTube or other websites.

 By the time they reach 15, 41 percent of children are uploading videos to the Internet, data from the survey of 1,500 parents showed.

Only around half of the parents asked said they had spoken to their children about what they are sharing online.

YouTube has a lower age limit of 13 so children younger than this must use a parent's account.

Carolyn Bunting, CEO of Internet Matters said: "These figures on vlogging are reflective of how children are communicating in the digital world.

“Vlogging can be very beneficial to children as it can help build confidence, act as a platform for self-expression and develop technology and communication skills. But it’s essential parents are aware of the risks that come with posting content online and recognize the role they have in equipping their children with the tools to explore the Internet safely.

“If your child hopes to have their own vlog, live-stream videos or become a Youtuber — start by having an honest and open conversation with them about the content they intend on posting, their motivations and how they respond to other videos online."

Parents should also turn off the comments to preserve their children from trolls and make sure their child is not sharing their full name, school details or address, she said.

Vloggers such as Zoella and brothers Jake and Logan Paul have risen to fame through talking about their lives on camera.

Concerns have previously been raised about the content of some of Logan Pauls' videos, one of which prompted criticism earlier this year for depicting a suicide victim in a forest in Japan.

Research by Ofcom has found that children aged 12-15 are more familiar with YouTube than they are with the BBC or ITV.

Last year, a poll by agency Childwise found that YouTube was the most popular website or app among seven to 16-year-olds, with three in 10 choosing it as a favorite.


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