I'm going to sound like an old man so bare with me while I explain what influencers online will do to your children.
I am not talking about any parent that has a kid above the age of 16, and I am mostly aiming at those who have a kid under the age of 13.
So if you are 14 - 16 there's only a slight chance this is aimed at your parents, and you as well.
If you follow me you probably have noticed I get angry at YouTube's a lot. Mainly because they are allowed to have a free video sharing platform with thousands of other creators, yet they use it strictly for monetary gain and exploit children in order to do it. But I'm not one to talk considering I post my Animations on YouTube which aren't that great.
I'm telling you this because I am willing to show you that, yes, I am biased, but I usually am more than happy to look the other way when it comes to people being ignorant or even arrogant.
This is an epidemic that has the potential to influence millions of members from the next generation.
So I wish to make this myTake, and explain what I mean in the title. MyTake being...
7 Examples of why I believe children should stay away from YouTube.
1.) Your children are extremely susceptible to gain conditional connections to the app.
YouTube is no longer what it used to be. YouTube went through a phase of being eccentric, to being excessive, to being expletive, to being exploitive.
Most of the parents I will be talking about and to, are presumably milenials. Milenials already have a disadvantage in having the ability to properly connect with their child as a priority to their own device.
Whether you like to admit it or not, you have an unconscious, yet face to face connection with your devices. You rely on them, they bring your friends to you, and they can manage to form social connections with people you've never met.
If you believe that YOU are susceptible to this intense connection, then imagine how much your child is going to feel in terms of connection to you, especially if they are given their own device.
Connections to this device will only put traffic cones on the bridge between you and your child, causing them to prefer watching YouTube all day than interacting with you. And guess what, YouTube has role models hand picked just for your child if you aren't as strongly connected to them, if not more.
2.) The role models your kid has a chance to run into.
This man is an influencer to put it LIGHTLY.
Most of his current fan base is over 10 million children fans. He is a YouTube Vlogger (someone who records everything they do during the day) and runs a company / brand he calls team ten. Most members have left due to Jake being a nightmare to be around, but regardless he still has influencers like him star in music videos he produces to promote... Himself.
The reason I believe your kids shouldn't watch him is because even though he's so idiotic that only children could like him, he still set the bar very low even for a child's standards.
He is involved in attempted slander, abuse towards his ex's, destruction of public and private property, harassment of mall and restaurant employees, and just harassment in general.
He is a migrant from something known as the "viner invasion" which is when a certain video platform died all of these people flooded into YouTube, and causing problems for everyone.
He is very proud of his success, even going as far as to make a music video telling kids that he dropped out of high school, and going to school is a waste of time. He called it "Teacher diss track"
What Jake Paul will teach kids is that the world owes them a chance to be a successful YouTuber, to be like him, and thus leads me to one thing you need to do in order to keep your kids from becoming like this.
3.) PLEASE, crush your child's dreams of becoming a famous YouTuber.
I'm not being ironic when begging you to not let your kids believe that they are going to be successful on YouTube.
YouTube no longer cares about their consumers as long as they make money, and they definitely don't care about smaller YouTubers who do it as a hobby.
They are a business and will treat their creators like prize poodles until they no longer make them money.
Getting back on track to examples, let's get this guy out of the way.
4.) Logan Paul's undying influence, and the corruption of YouTube showing.
Unless you've been living under a rock this guy has been the subject of harsh criticism due to the fact that he decided to do a VLog inside a Japan Forrest known colloquially as the "Suicide Forest."
Obviously he did something extremely wrong and borderline irredeemable, but he's still allowed to carry on and keep making YouTube money. Now why is that do you think?
Well don't you think it's odd that YouTube had his suicide forest video on the trending page (which is primarily determined by YouTube employee's and slight algorithmic influence)?
And the example is not that Logan Paul could POTENTIALLY encourage this behavior, the fact is he already has.
Thousands of children made their own little YouTube videos defending Logan Paul for his actions, justifying them, saying he did the right thing and that the media is just out to take the mick out of him.
Children recording on their cellphones wearing his merchandise, identifying as "mavericks" and claiming that that's just what he does and that people should respect it. Even going as far as to attack other YouTubers for it condemning his actions.
It's a scary example because these kids have parents, and their parents don't know their defending someone taking the mick out of suicide. Parents that clearly don't care what they do online, or if they do, don't see what this vlogger has done to form a connection with their child stronger than their own. The sort of trust that they have in people they have never met, but yet they practically observe their everyday life to the point that they believe they are part of it.
Which leads me to the next example of why having trust in YouTubers can be a mistake.
5.) KeemStar, the Fake news of YouTube.
KeemStar is known for having influence in the YouTube community, since he runs a YouTube series he calls "DRAMA ALERT", in which he takes YouTube drama and reports on it. He covers whether or not YouTuber couples are cheating on each other, whether or not they are abusing YouTube's terms of service, or whether or not they have died, gone to jail, or have been banned. He also covers YouTubers that don't like each other, reviews disstracks, interviews these YouTubers and such, in an attempt to clear up any confusion or nuances in the community.
Now on paper this sounds like a good thing, until you put this man behind a microphone that is... He's an idiot.
This man is responsible for so much slander and misinformation that it's ruined some people's lives in the process.
He's accused people of being rapists and pedophiles without any evidence and little research. He is amazing at manipulating information in someone else's favor, and is very good at keeping other YouTubers in debt to him for giving them "exposure". He's a master at making first impressions with false information, and making it so it's too late for others to defend themselves.
He's also famous for resorting to yelling racial slurs when confronted by others, and holding threats over others that if they mess with him he will destroy their channels reputation.
He will teach your kids that any information is reliable and that they should believe it despite having no sources. He promotes arrogance and rage baiting to those who watch him...
And this example is only reinforced by this man.
6.) The enabler of Narcissistic and Psychotic behavior.
Onision is the self proclaimed "most honest YouTuber. He is known generally as a YouTuber who has very" blunt" opinions regarding most topics.
I will try my best to remain unbiased when talking about him, but I do hate the man, so it will be difficult for me.
Onisions fan base mostly consist of girls in their preteens (12 to 17) and people in their mid 30's.
Onision is known for being "honest" and "blunt", and many people use that term to empower his influence, that he is somehow smart because he is an asshole to people for attention.
Onision is the best example of an absolute Contrarian if there isn't one. He will go out of his way to belittle those who do not agree with him, calling people a "Dumb Bimbo cunt", will make fun of peoples eating disorders by dressing up as them and pretending to purge into a toilet, and tell his fans (which are mostly women under the age of consent) to send him pictures for him to rate, promoting "body positivity".
He teaches people that if you're an unrelenting asshole, then you're just being honest and are absolved of all the problems you create.
When we all (as human beings) know that honesty is not degrading someone else for your own agenda, it's about giving your opinion with the implication that it's how the individual feels, not how everyone else should feel.
Body positivity is not degrading underage girls, destroying their confidence (no matter how many disclaimers you put about it being in good fun) it's about accepting your flaws, and that they doesn't define who you are as a person.
Body positivity is not making fun of someone's appearance by dressing up as them and purging into a toilet, or calling them a skeleton, or calling them a holocaust victim. People starve themselves because they're worried about how the world views them, yet a person with 2 million subscribers feels its ok to take their disorder and laugh at it.
He has a house in the middle of nowhere so nobody finds out where he lives, he wears a bullet proof vest whenever he goes out so people don't shoot him, he married his wife when he was 26 and she was 17, and tweeted about a girl who was shot at her own concert claiming that it was her own fault.
If you're already a fan of this man please at least be aware that what he does not only angers people, but enables people who want to be like him, and also convinces girls in their teens that Onision is a role model and who they should try to date.
He's arrogant, Narcissistic, and has no more friends on YouTube besides his own wife. So please, just let this man die, don't give him the benefit of the doubt and let your kid watch him. It's very hard to grow up when your role model is a child.
And I do not say this because his fans COULD support him, they already do. When he was in a polygamous relationship with an 18 year old girl and his wife, the girl (named Billie) smoked weed without his knowledge, and he threatened her saying he would kick her out unless she tattoo's the words "I'm a liar" above her ass, and lock herself in a basement.
Now as fucked up and psychotic as that is, (which he fully and proudly admits to saying btw) his fans rush to his aid and say things like "if I were in a relationship with Onision, I would do anything to make it better." or "if you don't want to be chained up in his basement you're just boring and kink shaming.
Billie never agreed to it and ran away, and now according to him she's a dumb little bitch who got lucky enough to meet him.
This terrifies me, and I hope it at least concerns you.
7.) Your children are very impressionable.
The people are very capable of shaping your child into an arrogant, exploitive, abusive, aggressive, and self entitled human being withing the span of a few months, and the potential for erasing that influence is extremely difficult, especially if they are very young.
The age of the internet is evolving and people like this are allowed to roam free, and I've only scratched the thin surface of everything that's wrong with these creators. Also the password for me to take your rebuttal seriously is "Fruit Cake."
I do not believe in letting kids get exposed o internet personalities at a young age, and I strongly believe it will create a generation of adults that are entitled, brainwashed, and dysfunctional.
That is my opinion.
Have a great day!
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Very well written but your argument begs two apposing questions. What are the limits of freedom of Speech and Who decides what those limits are? The Supreme Court of the USA has been dealing with this question ever since Qawker. And while I disagree in principles, I fuul agree with what you identify and predict as outcomes.
Before 1980 and the Deregulation Fade, everything was based on honor and reputation. Reporting was void of emotions and facts were verifiably documented. Somewhere along the way we lost sight of being reputable and truthful in exchange for popular and wealthy. Truth be dammed asking as I reap more cash. The heart of journalistic intirgerty was being stabbed with a spoon thousands of times. Shock and Awe were the battle cry of news stands. Accuracy and credibility tossed into the allies of darkness.
Yet here we are possed with drawing a line in the sand. I am a firm believer in truth verses consequence. Can we cure the cancer in journalism call glorification? What horn do we give to what mouth? I firmly believe that even a mouse voice should thunder as loud as dynamite. I also believe that what is said is backed with at least mostly truth while speculation and options are fostered. Lies and attacks outright shameful and vindictive are Shamed and Discredited. No one has the power to acclaim righteousness at the expense of truth. Your examples of bad YouTube can be crushed by decent Podcast on the site. We must be parents and not timid.
I'm not saying we can get rid of these people, I'm just saying parents have a choice of what to allow their kid to watch, and if their kid is more connected with the parent they will be less likely to have to worry about them being exposed to garbage like this.
I'm not suggesting people sue these YouTubers, or even sue the company, but to at least boycott their content, it's the only way to generate a positive and realistic outlook on the future for your kid, because we all know that YouTube is just going to make sure bigger people get bigger and smaller YouTubers stay small, because that's what capitalism is about.
I agree with everything except the last sentence. Capitalism is not about making the money. There are other objectives to capitalism like moral ethics, public safety, and quality products. Put that and others in your last sentence and we are singing note for note.
True, especially since YouTube has none of those ethics besides censorship rules that they only enforce on smaller YouTubers.