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Family vlogging: Weighing the controversy of putting kids on YouTube




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YouTube is home to beauty gurus, gamers and how-to experts. But another genre that's gained popularity is the family vlog.

Yes, parents putting cute kids on camera and taking them to cool places has given YouTube-famous families the opportunity to make a living out of spending time together. But what are the pitfalls? Fame at a young age has been a subject of controversy for a long time. But with vlogs, parents are the facilitators of the story and filming takes place at home, at any hour. So what effect does this have on kids?

As reported by Forbes, Kristine and Matt of the vlog Family Fun Pack have made painstaking moves to protect the privacy of their popular children. They don't disclose their kids' last names, and even moved once because their neighbors left fan mail at their door. Today, we explore the precautions that can be taken before considering family vlogging. Do you think that family vlogs are harmless fun, or are there unavoidable repercussions for the children involved?

Guests:

Kristine, owner and creator of Family Fun Pack, a YouTube family vlogging channel; she has asked not to disclose her last name to protect her family's privacy

Yalda T. Uhls, Ph.D., adjunct professor of child psychology at UCLA and youth development expert Common Sense Media, a nonprofit aiming to help kids and parents navigate media and technology; she is also author of "Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact-Not-Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age" (Routledge, 2015)