Living Life Behind a Camera: Where’s the Protection for Children of Family Vloggers?


Andrew Petlev

Silhouette of Family Man, Woman, Daughter, Son on Solid White Background

Andrew Petlev, Editor

Try and put yourself in the shoes of someone whose parents are constantly sharing every aspect of their life with the world. You want to be your own person. To your parents, you are nothing more than a money maker.

This terrifying scenario is the reality of many young social media stars across the country. For example, take the YouTube channel Raising Autumn. The name is rather ironic, as Autumn’s parents are too busy behind the camera capturing every aspect of her life to truly parent or raise her. You don’t even have to watch a full video to see that she is the center of her mother Audrey’s source of income rather than her universe.

There are many laws regarding child acting, one of the most famous being the Coogan Law. The laws on children of  family vloggers, on the other hand, seem to be progressing slower than the technology itself. Only a few of these channels have been terminated – take Daddyofive; thank goodness that family is off of the internet – while many still lurk in the shadows, masking their terrible intentions behind a staged sense of family and a love for money over their own children.

The moral of the story: let kids be kids. Don’t capture their emotional moments for the world to see, and don’t use them as thumbnail clickbait, because they aren’t money-making machines. They’re human beings, and it is about time we start treating them as such. If you’re subscribed to any of these exploitative family vlogger channels, kindly do the world a favor and unsubscribe. Look at the thumbnails and videos with an unbiased eye and think of the parents as well as the children – what parent would put their kid in that situation; what parent would put their kid in that position for a video thumbnail? These parents would, and they need to be stopped.