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Parents upset over YouTube videos

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Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 12:00 am

Dear T2T: I love making youtube videos but my parents are freaking out about it. They say that puts my life out there and invades out family privacy. I don’t agree. It’s not like I am doing anything bad on the videos. Most of them are funny to make people laugh, you know stuff like the cinnamon challenge. I think they are being ridiculous. What do you guys think and what can I say to them to let them know it’s not that big of a deal? — YouTube Star

Response No. 1

We understand that you want to express yourself, and you do this by making YouTube videos. Parents can be really strict sometimes. It’s hard as a teenager to find a way to express yourself in a way that your parents agree on, too.  We suggest that you sit down and thoroughly explain to them that making YouTube videos is the best way you know how to express yourself. You should tell them that it isn’t doing anyone any harm; if anything, it’s making people happy and entertained. There are people out there that watch your videos and can relate to them. Explain to your parents that you love to make other people laugh, and knowing that it makes them laugh makes you happy too. We also suggest that you show your parents your YouTube videos. This way, they can see for themselves that your videos aren’t invading your family’s privacy. They will also be able to see that you aren’t saying or doing anything negative or provocative on your YouTube videos. If you show your parents your videos, they might be able to be more trusting and respectful of your personal life. You have to understand, though, that your parents are only trying to protect you. They want what is best for their child. Your mom and dad always have your best interest in mind. You and your parents have to establish a mutual respect for each other. Please take our advice. Talk to your parents about your videos, have them watch them, and try to work something out. We wish you the best with your future videos!

Response No. 2

I think you should show your parents your YouTube videos and explain to them why you enjoy making these videos. Tell your parents why it’s important for you to share these videos to other people as well. Also I believe your parents are just looking out for your safety. So don’t take it personally if they are trying to make you take them down. Your parents just probably see this as an invasion of your privacy. Ultimately your relationship with your parents is more important than the videos. It’s always important to get their input on how they feel on your videos. All in all you should show them how these videos make you feel better and how they benefit you.

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