Why Your Kid Should Start a YouTube Channel

Updated: Mar 31


October 27th, 2021



David Peachment












 


Why Your Kid Should Start a YouTube Channel


As of the writing of this post, YouTube is the second biggest search engine on the planet, only behind Google itself. And last year alone, there were over 500 hours of content uploaded to YouTube every single minute! That’s a lot of content! And a lot of people are watching it. YouTube has become such a staple and fundamental part of our lives that people use it for recreation, learning, and even operating their own businesses. Thousands of people also make their entire living off of YouTube! The platform has become so popular that there are over 2 billion users! That’s a lot of people that rely on the video hosting service.

Now, why do I think that kids should start a YouTube channel? Other than the fact that recent surveys have shown that 34% of kids aged 6-17 want to be a YouTube personality, countless life lessons and skills can be learned from it. Let’s dive into some of those!



Life Skills Learned

I’ve grouped the different things that can be learned into two distinct groups: Life Skills and Technical Skills. Both are very important, but both are very different. And by no means is this an exhaustive list!

Since starting a YouTube channel is essentially like starting a business, there are all kinds of business and work skills that can be learned. Skills such as entrepreneurship, management, marketing, and so much more! Because your kid would be creating a product (videos) for customers (viewers), there are a lot of components that need to be learned and considered on the job to succeed. Kids will need to figure out what kind of content would grab people’s attention and their unique selling proposition (what makes them stand out). This involves a certain level of market research and product development over time to determine what interests potential customers. What videos will get more watch time? What niche will the child compete in? What is the competition currently doing and not doing? The kid would also learn how to handle criticism and how to improve their videos based on viewer feedback. Should the channel become big eno