YouTube has no doubt changed the way people get their information and entertainment. Every day, people search the site for music videos, how-to guides, popular vlogs and much more.
Kids have fallen victim to cyber bullying. It is almost more prevalent than school bullying. People can hide behind a user name and say really nasty things to the user who uploaded the video. Cyber bullying can really hurt someone’s self esteem, especially when they express themselves in video.
So here’s a question. Should you let your kid upload videos to YouTube? Even if they are just silly videos of the weekend they spent the night at their friend’s house, bullies search through hundreds of videos daily just to demean a user. It may not really affect them in that scenario, but what if they started baring their souls while vlogging? Vlogging is short for “video blogging.”
People who vlog put themselves in a position to be heavily scrutinized by other users. Everyone has a different opinion, but some people will send nasty messages to those whose opinion differs from theirs.
When it comes to considering whether or not you should let your kid have a YouTube account, take note of their personality. If your child has a hard time taking criticism, you may want to reconsider letting him or her have an account. If your child is easily angered when someone makes fun of him or her, then you may want to reconsider their YouTube account.
Basically, if you know they will have a hard time with what people could possibly say to them, you will want to sit down and discuss it all.
As of right now, Rebecca Black is probably the most bullied YouTube user. Her video for “Friday” has hundreds of thousands of dislikes and horrible comments such as “why don’t you just kill yourself? You will do the world a favor” or, “Your voice has got to be the most horrible sound on the face of this earth!”
Even though Rebecca Black is the most bullied person on YouTube, she seems to take it easily. She has been on Good Morning America saying,
“When I first saw all these nasty comments, I did cry, I felt like, this was my fault and I shouldn’t of done
this, and this is all because me, now I don’t feel that way.”
So if you think that having a YouTube account is something that your child can do or not is up to you. Either way, you should still sit them down and talk to them about having one. Explain the dangers of cyber bullying and how mean some people can be with no remorse.
I hope this has helped you understand a little more about the new trends of bullying.