Why should YouTube delete my viral video

Children with their own YouTube channel?

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What parents need to consider!

YouTube has been part of everyday life for many families for years. Primary school children already want to produce and upload their own video contributions. Just like their idols - the YouTubers. Because that is not only fun, but also promises recognition and money.
However, parents should consider a few things before giving their child their own YouTube channel. Since the entry into force of the EU General Data Protection Regulation on May 25, 2018, operating such a channel without the consent of the legal guardian has only been allowed from the age of 16 - and there are good reasons for this:

1. Content: Not just educational and entertaining

Everything is uploaded to YouTube: from family challenges to tutorials “How to do the super slime” to math tutoring. Lots of educational and entertaining things, but also videos with content that is harmful to young people, such as excerpts from horror films or videos with right-wing extremist songs. Even if supervisory authorities and users repeatedly report violations to the company and these are then deleted, parents should be aware that children can come across disturbing things on YouTube. Incidentally, also on YouTube Kids.

2. Comment function: Under the guise of anonymity

If you are logged into YouTube as a user, you can use the comment function to give your opinion on the individual video contributions and get in touch with other users. However, many users use the anonymity of the Internet for public insults, racist remarks or threats.

3. Public judgment: room for bullying

Not every YouTube video is liked and gets the longed for “thumbs up” or a positive comment. Displeasure is often expressed drastically and can even turn into shitstorms and bullying. Although this can be reported. But then the child may already have been harmed. Not every child can cope with the force of such an experience.

4. Rapid spread: Viral and out of control

The videos on YouTube can also be shared via other social media channels such as Twitter or Facebook. A video can thus quickly be spread virally and made available to an even larger user base. The video producer no longer has control over where it ends up in the end.

5. Rights and Laws: Valid for everyone

A clip for YouTube is quickly produced and uploaded. But have the rights of third parties been respected and all persons who appear in the video have been asked for permission? Or is the underlying music also protected by copyright? And if products are advertised, is that also marked as such? There are many rights and laws that (also) have to be observed on YouTube. Not everyone knows them, but they have to be adhered to!


Implementing your own ideas, shooting, cutting and posting videos online - creating YouTube clips is sure to promote children's media literacy as well. However, the use of the platform is fundamentally questionable for children and operating your own account is therefore only permitted from the age of 16. Below this age limit, the prior consent of the legal guardian is required. Because the risks for younger children outweigh the benefits. Therefore, YouTube reserves the right to delete accounts of younger users without proof of age.

Tips for parents

But in reality, similar to WhatsApp and Facebook, things look different: the children's desire to be active on YouTube is great - the pressure on their parents too. If you are considering allowing your child to have their own YouTube channel, you should definitely:

  • Activate security settings: The restricted mode, for example, filters out potential adult content and hides the comments on the videos. Furthermore, there are data protection functions that make videos only accessible to a “private” group of users. Just check out the YouTube help for parents!

  • Drawing boundaries: Children cannot overlook the scope of the Internet. Cyberbullying and hate speech in particular are digital risks that can cause great damage to adolescents. As parents, you have to give your children a framework and a measure, including what personal content is uploaded or how much time is invested in creating the YouTube clips.

  • Educate about rights and obligations: The network is not a legal vacuum. In the case of criminal responsibility from the age of 14, insults, defamation and defamation are also criminally relevant behavior here. You should therefore also educate your child about topics such as "Right to your own picture" and "Protection of intimate and privacy". Copyright and trademark rights must also be observed.

  • Make clear agreements: for example, draw up a contract for the use of YouTube. The media usage agreement from Internet-ABC e.V and klicksafe helps with this.

  • Create a good relationship of trust: Has something unpleasant happened on the internet? Show your child that they can talk about anything at any time and that you support them!

  • Show alternatives: does it have to be YouTube? How about alternatives, for example juki.de - the pedagogically supervised video platform for children between 8 and 12 years of age.

This article was published in April 2018. After the EU General Data Protection Regulation came into force, the YouTube Terms of Use were updated.

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