Tips on How To Start a Successful YouTube Channel For Kids

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This post will guide you through the process of setting up and protecting your children when they create a YouTube Channel. Kids YouTube videos can be very successful with other child viewers.

In this post, I’m going to show you how to start a YouTube channel for kids. YouTube is all the rage with kids these days. Not just for watching either. After watching loads of other children on YouTube, my girls wanted to start making their own videos to share. But I didn’t just give them the iPhone and let them go crazy; there are a lot of things you need to discuss with kids before they can start their YouTube journey. If their YouTube channel is successful, they have the potential of making money on YouTube that could make for a nice savings account.

How To Start a Successful YouTube Channel For Kids

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Tips for Your YouTube Channel For Kids

    1. Privacy Concerns – It’s important to talk to your kids about Internet safety. We, unfortunately, live in a world with crazy people. Protecting your children needs to be the number one priority when you start a channel. Things you need to talk about before you get the camera rolling.
      Nicknames – My kids use nicknames on the internet, that includes even when I write about them on my blog. This will also help if someone sees them out in public and uses their name.
      Never say your last name, the city you live in, the school you go to, or any other information that someone can simply Google and find a location.

  1. Let your kids be the directors – If your children are obsessed with watching videos of kids playing with their dolls or doing toy reviews, then chances are that they will want to make similar videos. This is how we decided on what we wanted to share. We share unboxing videos and toy reviews with our subscribers. We have a dedicated channel for everything JaMonkey related, but your kids may want an entirely separate channel so that it is all their own. You will need another Google account to set that up; you can link them together for easy management though. Keep in mind that you have to be over 13 to have your own YouTube account so I suggest getting a shared family account. It will help with number 1 and number 3!How To Start a Successful YouTube Channel For Kids
  2. Screen the comments – Just like you want to protect your child’s privacy, I think it is equally important to protect your child’s self-esteem. There are trolls out there, and they just want to put people down. Screen comments by going through them before they do. Take out the nasty things that add no value to the YouTube community. When you upload a video to YouTube using the Advanced Settings section to Approve comments before posting, or you can turn them off completely, but I have found that other supportive young YouTubers will leave positive comments on your videos which are always nice to read!Changing Comment Settings -How To Start a Successful YouTube Channel For Kids
  3. Restricted Mode – Place the account in restricted mode so that when they are surfing YouTube online, the language and bad things are filtered out. We love YouTube Kids which is an app for mobile devices that do all that for you. You can do this by scrolling to the bottom of the page and toggling the Restricted Mode button.How To Start a Successful YouTube Channel For Kids
  4. Teach the jargon – Teach your kids the YouTube lingo. This will help build their following and create a sense of branding as well. When you think of big YouTube stars with popular channels, they have a “template” if you will that they follow. A greeting they use during every opening. “Hey, guys it’s Ro. Welcome to another Nerdy Nummies!” – Rosanna Pansino or Nerdy Nummies. Of course, she also has a cool cartoon that rolls at the beginning also. Things to help build your audience are “Make sure you subscribe and give us a big thumbs up!” Ask viewers to leave you a comment about what they want to see, or if they liked this video.
  5. “Made for Kids” – YouTube has created a new policy for content created for children to be in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and/or other laws. This policy applies to everyone in the world because YouTube is located in the United States. You’re required to tell YouTube whether your videos are made for kids. When it comes to this setting if your children are the only focus in the video and they are showcasing activities and products for kids, you’ll want to make sure you select Yes, it’s for kids during upload because YouTube will go in and change this setting on its own if it feels like it should be. Features like personalized ads and notifications won’t be available on videos made for kids. Videos that are set as made for kids by you are more likely to be recommended alongside other kids’ videos. Learn more about determining if a video is Made for Kids here.
  6. YouTube Made for Kids

Have fun! Making videos for YouTube can be fun but shouldn’t stress you out. Shoot it on your iPhone or another smartphone (make sure it is horizontal!). iPhone comes with iMovie built-in, and there are a lot of free apps that you can use to edit videos right on your phone.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks! This helped alot. MY daughter is infatuated with youtube videos and shes been asking to make movies! I will make sure i guide her through it all. Thanks!

  2. Thank you so much for the info .. my girls want to start their own channels too. I found your article very informative

  3. Hi! I had stumbled upon your page when I was googling ways to start a kids YouTube channel. Your page has been very informative. I like how very neat and easily accessible it is. I’ve been contemplating whether or not to allow our kids to make videos to post on YouTube. I’ve had many questions and concerns that were nearly all addressed above.,
    Thank you so much for sharing useful information that’s concise. It’s cool, in my opinion, how you have a page with the information, description, etc. THEN a video also available. Are the videos also linked to YouTube? I’m assuming they are since that is what this is about but I’ve always had to go to YouTube for videos and listen to people talk to get the information needed. I’m not technologically savvy so I’m really excited I found your page. hahaha.
    I’m excited to start filming with our children directing their own show!! I know they’ll be thrilled once I share the news! But, before we share the exciting news, I have some more questions about Kids YouTube Channel pointers and how to create a similar page. Please let me know if you’re available and wouldn’t mind helping a mommy out. . ?
    Thank you ?
    Ariel

  4. Thank you for this information, so helpful! Just wondering if you have any idea how to post to youtube kids? I created a google account (under my family link for Google) but my child is under 13 so can only use YouTube Kids..now I can’t figure out how to make a channel for the kid!!

    • Videos on YouTube Kids are uploaded to the main YouTube platform. The algorithm and settings on YouTube decide whether it will be shown in the YouTube Kids app. Most of the content on YouTube Kids is designated as “Made for Kids” which is designated on upload to YouTube. Hope this helps!

  5. Thank you, this really puts things into perspective. I have already made my own YouTube channel called Fun with the Gilberts. It has been availiable for about a week. This was very helpful and great ideas to help protect my little girls and also what to expect in the future.

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