WordClerks

How do I encourage my child to write instead of video blogging?



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

How do I encourage my child to write instead of video blogging?

I see children (some with supervision, some none), who are making their own video blogs as young as 8. I have nothing against video blogging, I enjoy and follow a lot of them in YouTube. However, as a mom, I would also like to encourage my daughter to write. 

She already loves to read. And I can see creativity in the way she make stories. The details on her characters, where they live, how she describes them and the conversations - they are funny. 

I wish she would be encourage to put them on paper instead of a video blog. I guess maybe because she would be less exposed as a writer than a video blogger. Or am I making too much of big deal out of it?

Comments

Please login or sign up to leave a comment

Join
CyrusWahome

Hi, Bachiekins ... I understand your situation perfectly well, and I would like to weigh in. If you want to encourage your beautiful daughter to write, you've got to go slow and gradual on the process. Have her write the scripts of her videos and show her that they mean a lot to you. She might be encouraged to write since she knows you will enjoy reading them and watch her videos as well. You can also try to do a project together with her. If you are a source of inspiration in her life, she will be more than ready to be involved in a writing project with mom. Try this out and see if it works.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

jeffreyjose48

The children of today are indeed different from before. They already know how to video blogs. I also have seen my nephew doing it. He is just I think 4 years old. I believe his parents taught him how to do it. Its easy for them to imitate that writing as what you suggest.

I think that writing is a good for our kids. The problem is that other children are already advanced. They are knowledgeable of high tech gadgets. Even I myself are being taught by them. I ask them if I don't know how to use my phone. I am amazed how they could just do it so easily.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

blackmist

That's a good idea, it will not only help the kid to learn writing but it will also expand more her knowledge on booth platform. Just go slow and don't force her because it can only push her away from writing. It will not be easy for her to like writing if she is not interested on it right now, but give her time to to explore if she has that passion on it.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

jeffreyjose48

I am so happy to see one of my daughter writing. I did not tell her to write. I just came to see her write. I don't know if its love letter, or letter to friends. I haven't read what she wrote because she might be angry at me.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

blackmist

Giving our daughters privacy is a must but I think worrying that she will get angry if you read her letters are somewhat not a good idea. For me we must supervise them on what they are writing. What if it is really a love letter and your child is just a kid. I think it's better to correct those before it's to late. But if they are on the right age then maybe we should give them that privacy they deserve.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

mark8625

I understand your point. Vlogging is not bad. It is easy way than writing. Tell to your child the benefits of writing and what are the things that might she or he learned from it. Also do not forget to ask which one she or he really likes between the two because it is really important to the parents what makes their children's happy. Whatever she or he choose just support them.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Corzhens

I guess vlogging or video blogging is now the craze of the young generation in expressing themselves. If you remember the selfie when it became popular, it was one way of self expression. We have to admit that writing is a difficult task and not really enjoyable for children while video blogging is like playing around with no sweat, so to speak. Maybe writing should be taught in school as one of the most important part of the learning process in school because if the child wouldn't learn to write then he may be lost when he enters the "real" world.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

mdayrit

My son is also attracted into Vlogging. He requested me to make him a YouTube channel. I agreed to make one for him since I do not really see anything wrong with it. In fact I think that it helps him with his speech (he used to attend speech therapy because he has speech delay).

But apart from Vlogging, I also ask him to do a journal. This is my way of encouraging him to write as well as improve his writing/ penmanship. My son by the way is 7 years old. He willingly writes on his journal and sometimes even volunteer to do a page even if I don't ask him to. What I do is I put topics that he can write about per day. He chooses the topic, put the date he made it and fill it. Hope this helps you encourage your kid to write as well.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

ballyhara

Good on you. I think that's a wonderful way to lead him into writing, and I will take that tip to practice it with my God-daughter. She's lacking on her grammar and spelling, and I know is because her parents don't reinforce reading and writing. They always complain is because of time issues, they work a lot and I know they try their best, but that's affecting her skills at school.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

mdayrit

A lot of us parents really experienced problem spending time to prepare our kids with different school works. I too have the same problem and it gets me upset when I know that my son could have performed better if I only spent a lot of time guiding him. I guess we just really need to find different ways that will work on our kids so that they can learn even when not being monitored.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

amelia88

I love that your son had such a great experience with vlogging and it helped his speech so much. I think sometimes maybe we're all too quick to judge the negative things when it comes to modern technology and we forget all the wonderful benefits that come from it! How do I encourage my child to write instead of video blogging?



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

mdayrit

I agree. I guess we just need to learn how to use technology wisely and moderately. Especially for kids who can easily be addicted to using it even at such an early age.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

jayjaydimson

Because writing can help him for his/her future, like the intelligent that you can acquire on writing is important than creating a video, because creating a video can be done by anyone else, it only needs a lot of practice, but writing requires your professional thinking.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Youngshark

Just take time with her and start small. Like have her come up with small bits of content every day as you keep improving and correcting her skills. Do not forget to give her incentives which show your appreciation for the effort she puts into the work.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

mark8625

Yeah take time and for sure she will realize what she really wants in the future. Vlogging is trending today maybe she doing that because she wanted to have her own channel in youtube. So let her do what makes her happy and of course she needs your support as her mother.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Youngshark

I also beleive in building up that support platform. You might be surprised that because she has put all her efforts into the art she becomes really great at it. All you need to do is guide her in the right path while also ensuring that she focuses on other things too.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

mark8625

That is right. Parents are there to guide their children in the right way of life. The parents support will help a lot the their children to boost their confidence and keep going knowing that their parents is just there by their sides.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Chinet23

My son seems to be showing interest in video blogging but I don't think that it will be beneficial for him at his age. I work full time and I will not be around to supervise him. I don't want him to be exposed too early. If your child will love writing, it will naturally come out. You can give her options at this stage. You can tell her about your own experiences or expose her to some writings adaptable to her age. She still gets to choose where her interest is and you just need to support her. Writing is great but if her passion is in video blogging, that will also show her skills and creativity.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

bachiekins

I really am scared of the backlash of being expose in social media. Like you, I work full time and won't be able to be with there all the time. I don't want to hinder her creativity just direct it a more safe and an even more effective outlet.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

ballyhara

Don't let time affect the bond with your kids. I don't have kids on my own, but I have God-daughters/sons, and I have seen the effects of not paying attention to them. Children are curious by nature, and they are exposed to anybody online. Her mom and I had to discuss about it, because she was watching videos for adults, with explicit content, vloggers with uncensored channels, and that created a chaos.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

mark8625

Social media nowadays has many disadvantages that would affects not only the youngsters but also the adult people. They using it either by good or bad way. I think we should guide our children on proper using of social media. Government should also limit the allowable using time of internet for the students so that they could focus in their studies.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

amelia88

It's true, whilst social media can have some positives (such as remaining connected with people all over the globe) there are also lots of negatives - I think it's something that has to be pretty highly monitored for young people.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

mark8625

Yeah. Social media is being rampant nowadays. It needs to address this kind of this to the parents for them to be able to guide their children very well. Almost all students have their own mobile phones and has access to the sites that they are not supposed to access.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

amelia88

It's crazy to think just how far things have changed even in the last 10 years or so. Most kids these days have phones, but when I was at school hardly anyone did. I can't imagine what it's going to be like in another 10 years down the track.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

mark8625

Yeah things nowadays are all advanced and technology is keep improving. Same as you,wayback when I was in school I never had a mobile phone as early as grade school but things has changed today,almost everyone has phones that could easily access everything.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

amelia88

I often wonder how that works in the classroom today, especially in the case of tests! Theoretically if you had a phone on you, you could look up all the answers to test questions. Do teachers double check this and confiscate phones off their students?!



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

mark8625

That is the reason why schools need to ban mobile phones in their students during school hours. Student must know the disadvantages of having mobile phone during lessons. They parents should also limit them to use their gadget so that they can focus in their study very well.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Chinet23

I want to preserve his innocence as well. It's not that vlogging is a bad thing but I think the risk of being exposed to harsh bashers and guile people is really high. I can't completely protect him and I might get into a heated argument myself, to be honest. I think I am overly protective to handle that.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

amelia88

This is a really hard thing to deal with as a parent. There are so many people on the internet who just are hateful, and want to bring other people down. I don't want my children exposed to that kind of negativity either, which is part of why I will be very cautious when they're at an age to be able to use the internet.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Barida

A child that is as young as 8 should be writing instead. The thing is that video is not everything and once we build their minds that writing is the necessary thing to do, it is going to help to mould them to be food readers as well.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Youngshark

You might be getting ahead of yourself my friend. I think that both are important as long as the right content is generated and sought. I mean we live in the digital era and you just cannot dismiss video like that.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

amelia88

I agree @youngshark, I feel like both video and writing have their place. I think sometimes it can actually be detrimental in a sense to keep children from it, since it's ultimately going to be a big part of their lives. I just think appropriate monitoring for particularly young children is really important! How do I encourage my child to write instead of video blogging?



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Youngshark

Not only is it a big part of our lives but we will also die naturally and leave our children in place with such platforms. Its better they get used to them early enough.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

superlicca

I understand your point and If I were a parent, I would also love my kids to write first instead of creating a video. In this case, you need to tell her about the importance of writing and how it will be helpful for her. Make her feel how fun it is to write. Maybe you can join her writing or show her some books or essay and encourage that she can be great at writing too.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

amelia88

The biggest thing I would recommend is finding a pen pal for her. It's something I enjoyed so much as a child - and I'm sure there are plenty of kids who still do it! I was 9 years old when I got my first pen pal and it inspired my love for writing ever since, in various forms.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

superlicca

Finding a pen pal is great! I never did this when I was a kid and I wish I did. But my parents did not introduce me to this kind of writing activity. I remember my mother when she gave me a paper with sentences and asked me to copy them on another sheet of paper. That is how she taught me to write.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

amelia88

I think any activities around writing that kids find fun are useful! I just loved the excitement of getting a letter addressed to me! How do I encourage my child to write instead of video blogging? I think it's helpful even if you may have relatives or friends who live far away. Receiving a letter is always something I look forward to!



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

superlicca

I agree with you. I wish that I did this before since we have relatives who live far away from us. I used to have a lot of stationery but never used them for writing, just for collections. If I will have a kid, I would definitely let my kid have a pen pal and practice his writing skills. It is also a good way for him to keep in touch with relatives without using a phone.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

ajahcuizon

I suggest that you could tell her how you good you think her written stories, on that way, she'll get inspired. Also show her some written blogs and how they also affect the readers. Explain also to her that writing could really enhance more of their abilities to influence other people which is a very good thing to do. Although, writing could take much more time that making vlogs, with written blogs, she could touch the hearts of her reader and have people believe in her because of her writings. Good luck to you and your daughter!



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

rlpzbeermoney

I don't like the "vlogging" culture. I'm a firm believer that not everything we do should be posted on social media. These kids who start young will probably learn the hard way when they do something wrong while vlogging. From being a public nuisance oblivious to his/her surroundings to doing anything to get views. This is what led Logan Paul to film that dead body in the suicide forest. I just hope the kids of the next generation don't get addicted to "fame".



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

amelia88

Logan Paul is the worst...I still can't believe that suicide forest video. I don't watch his stuff, I only read about it, but what a vile human being to think that kind of behavior is okay just for views. This culture of doing stuff just for attention (even if it's bad attention) is awful!



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

rlpzbeermoney

Logan Paul is the reason why I think vlogging is bad for kids. He helped make this vlogging bandwagon start. Kids are actually his biggest audience by the way. Kids actually look up to him for some reason and are actually copying his every move. He preaches that kids should be able to express themselves freely so that's why he does what he does which is BS. Another point you should consider in discouraging your child to vlog.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

amelia88

That's so sad that kids are his biggest audience. Breaks my heart to think that there are kids who will see him as some kind of "role model" when he's not even a good person. It's no wonder the world is going down the drain if kids are looking up to people like him.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

rlpzbeermoney

It's also sad that I know this lol. I have watched a Youtube video explaining people's rage on the incident. What's really disturbing was the comments of children defending Logan on the incident saying they really weren't disturbed with the whole thing. I've even read one comment saying that it's a person's fault why they commit suicide so why is Logan in the wrong for filming their mistake. The world is really going downhill.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

amelia88

It makes me think where has society gone so wrong that children think this way! If people don't think there's anything wrong with filming someone who has died from suicide then I really wonder if they have any compassion at all. That's horrible How do I encourage my child to write instead of video blogging? How do I encourage my child to write instead of video blogging?



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

rlpzbeermoney

I hope that my future children don't turn out that way. It seems like the more a generation progresses, they progress backward in terms of social interaction. I have this negative view of what the future looks like due to people like Logan Paul.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

stbrians

Fame is the greatest puller of many people. V-logging has started trending so much. Our youth will do anything to get most likes and comments. They at times strip to do this. It can be disastrous.

It may end into child trafficking,child defilement and even murder. Not all online people are good.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

amelia88

It's sad, there are bad people everywhere in the world of course, but sometimes people turn particularly mean and nasty online. It's like they don't realize there are other people reading their comments or watching their mean videos. Of course the internet has a lot of good elements too, it's a bit of a balancing act.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

stbrians

Not all online are good people. There are child molesters, sexually pervasive people and even drug traffickers. Some run very evil syndicates that do very many criminal activities.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

rlpzbeermoney

One thing that annoys me when "vloggers" vlog in public is that they don't care if someone else is being filmed along side them. Like in a restaurant setting for example, they don't ask the people next to them if they are willing to be included in the background. Instead they just continue to be annoying not minding other people's personal space. I hope it stops soon.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

superlicca

I agree with you. I respect vloggers since vlogging is their job. But I am also not comfortable if someone is taking a video and he includes the people around him. I am not saying that all of the vloggers are like this, some of them are also careful when it comes to taking a video.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

rlpzbeermoney

Kids lack that moral sense of good and bad and I'm with the opinion that vlogging is bad. Vlogging is bad for kids as they don't have that moral compass yet. It might influence their decisions and way of doing things in the future. I've seen so many people (mostly kids) jump on this vlogging bandwagon that Youtube started and I'm under the impression it's not healthy for their emotional and social side.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

amelia88

That's such a good point - there are so many invasions of privacy that happen with a lot of vloggers these days. It's like they exist in a bubble and just don't care about the people around them - as long as they're getting the footage they need they don't care. It's pretty inconsiderate and a sad commentary on the way society is going.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

rlpzbeermoney

I think that's what's rubbing me with the whole vlogging culture going on in my country. Vlogging really started to boom because of the rise of Casey Neistat on Youtube way back 2015-2016. Then local Youtubers like Will Dasovich started copying him and that started the whole vlogging movement in the Philippines. I don't blame them for the consequences of popularizing vlogs but I do blame some of their antics that kids that don't know any better copy and make it a part of their personality. Just saying.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

ajahcuizon

I agree. I find it disturbing when some vloggers create their film while in a public place. Eventhough some people got included into their videos, they don't mind it. We don't know, some people might have laughed on because of that. They should still ask for permission from other people as a sign of respect.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

rlpzbeermoney

They don't even try to blur the people's faces! In some countries, it's illegal to record someone without their permission. What adds insult to injury is when you try to consult them about this matter, it's you that they make the person at fault. "It's a free country man" "I can do whatever I want". Where has common sense and consideration of others gone to?



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

rlpzbeermoney

I recommend your child writing in forums about her hobbies. That way she can have an outlet of expressing herself with people of similar interests. This was how I developed my English skills before and probably the reason why I'm still posting to forums even to this day.

English wasn't my first language BTW.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

superlicca

You are right. By engaging your kid in writing activities, you will be able to encourage her to write more than vlogging. Ask your kid about the things that she wants to do and have it expressed through writing. Your kid will develop not just the creativity but will also improve her grammar.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

amelia88

Forums are fun! That's amazing that you developed such fantastic English skills through forum participation, and definitely a good reason for people to be encouraged to contribute to forum sites.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

rlpzbeermoney

That's how I actually improved my English writing skills as a kid. I've participated in a lot of forums way back then with the same hobbies. Most were from trading cards and anime. I really had fun discussing with other people not my age on stuff that came to mind.
I come from the Philippines and English is the second language for many people. Though even to this day, grammar and pronunciation are a problem.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

amelia88

I'm from the States originally and I would never have known that English is your second language!

I've been trying to learn Japanese for a while and I've found that really hard. I think anyone who masters a second language is pretty amazing!



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

jaymish3

I think you are making too much of a big deal out of it. Many parents mess their children's life's because they try to manipulate their dreams and aspirations.Its good that your child is video blogging, you should encourage it because I think it is the way communication is organically developing. You should give her the skills to write e.g help her to learn good spelling and grammar, encourage her to journal e.t.c apart from that let her decide what direction she will take.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

beerthooyah

Just let your daughter discover things on her own way. Try to introduce writing to her but if she doesnt like it just dont force her to do things she does not want to do. Our job as parents is just to guide our children and support them on whatever endeavors they want in life.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

mark8625

That is really true. Let her do what she wants to be and just support her. Nothing wrong which one should come first either vlogging or writing. What matters is that you see that she is enjoying it.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Chinet23

That's true. Parents should really support and guide and not impose. There's a tendency for some parents who wants their own dreams to be fulfilled in their child. There's no harm if you share the same interests but if not then they should choose their own path. We can only provide them some options but they are the ones who get to choose.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Aeolos

Just let her choose where she is more comfortable with. Video blogging also requires a great amount of vocabulary words when talking. Video blogging might be a great way to develop her speaking skills if she is not really into the writing thing. She might become a good news anchor in the future and as she starts vlogging at a very young can become her foundation on that path.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Kakashi2020

That's a hard one because children nowadays owns a lot of devices and it became their number one tool used in writing. I mean kids presently are so techie that they find using pen and paper writing too old school.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Iblissian

I'd recommend finding some way to bring writing as an activity closer to her. Maybe you could encourage her to write about something that falls within her interests - perhaps you could put a fun spin on it - ask her to write something on a topic of her choosing for you, and in exchange maybe you can reward her in some way.
My guess is that all the abstract details of why one should write and why it is good for you won't convince her. We all know that writing is a great way to express yourself (in ways that do not intersect with a vlog format), that it is a stimulating activity that can help us better ourselves and explore new thoughts and ideas, but I think it's important to take into account the age gap and the fact that newer generations are way different.
Putting a fun spin on it seems the way to go from where I'm standing.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

amelia88

Great advice! I think these days, children often see writing as boring in comparison to video blogging/internet based pursuits, but there's so much fun that can be drawn from writing! Like you said, putting a fun spin on it, and having children understand that writing is amazing would be useful! How do I encourage my child to write instead of video blogging?



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Gilgamesh

Encourage your children in a way that "If you write your name will be remembered for a lot of years but if you made a blog yung reign will not last long". Yes vlog is a lot more easier field go make to hain reputation. You must remember that everything needs a hardwork to be a job well done that's why if you have a hard time in writting poem don't give in so easily.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

mitan143

If video blogging brings no good to your child, then have her switch to another field like writing or whatever she's interested as well. But if it is what she really wants and there are no actually harmful effects on her then I think you should just support her interest in video blogging. Writing is also good for her, but if she's not happy with it then it would be a big trouble for her improvement. I guess try to find what she really likes to do, and if you find it not good for her then try to encourage her to do other stuff. Introduce her the benefits of writing. Help her try to write and tell her how wonderful it is to write.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

NesMarcos

I totally understand you and I would have to agree with you on this. As a mother too, I think writing is better than vlogging. We all know that there are a lot of disadvantages the Internet can give our kids and we as parents, need to protect them from it. Basically, there are a lot of hobbies where she can share her passion and ideas pretty well. Just try to help her discover it.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

esteban123

I really understand your situation, children nowadays are very creative compare when it was before, it is mainly because we are now on the modern age of technology wherein everything is possible now. I think it is not really bad to let your kids do a video blogging since it is now the new trend. If you want her to learn writing, then you must slowly explain to her the importance of writings. It should not only the video blogging that she needs to learn but also on how to write articles since it is a must for every children to know.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

EfficientNinja

I too have nothing against video blogging. In fact, I love it. I don't do vlogging myself but I watch a lot of vlogs of people that I am following. If you want your child to switch or try writing, I think you should first make your child learn to love reading. I guess your child would be inspired to write if she read a lot. She might find an author which writing style piques her interest.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

superlicca

There is nothing wrong with vlogging. But I think your daughter is young to focus on that thing. The reason for her interest in vlogging is because of its popularity. A lot of people even famous celebrities are starting their own channel. And this is something that gets your daughter's attention. I think you can kindly tell her that vlogging is another thing that she can do when she gets older and focus first on writing.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

mdayrit

In my opinion Vlogging in a way also have a similarity with writing. They are both into expressing your thoughts and what you feel. You still need to think about the topic you will discuss and how the discussion will go.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

jayjaydimson

By simply showing him/her one of the most successful writers in the world. With that maybe I can change their mind.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Martinsx1

That might work if the child is actually cut out for writing. This is why it's very important for every parent to be very observant with their children and find out on time where their passion lies. This is the the only of knowing how to influence them in decision making. Trying to force on them what they don't have flair for won't go well with the child's development.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

NerdIndeed

I am amazed that your daughter, who is only 8, have the knowledge, interest, and drive to make her own YouTube channel. Maybe she (your daughter) does that because it's the only thing she knows for now. Who knows, someday she will write scripts first in making content. As a mother, you need to guide her, teach her, and introduce her to tools to better improve herself. I profoundly believe that she is smart and you should be proud of her.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

stbrians

Video blogging is also not a bad idea. I even think it pays more than writing. If you feel so strongly that she should write, then explain to her slowly. Let her see the need for that.

Never decide for her. Let her make her own judgement.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Martinsx1

This is a very good point that you just mentioned now and I have it observed in my own opinion. We all have our own different paths to life and success. So, it's very important to give everyone the opportunity to choose their own path as long as they are good in what they are doing.

If they need any help along the way, then it's the duty of the parents to guide them back to their supposed route.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

jayjaydimson

Well, if you will be asking that question to me, I will answer I will not force them, I will just let them choose whichever they want. I will let them choose what things can make them happy.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

blackmist

I understand what you feel.Us a parent we all want what is best from our child. But If your daughter are more interested in video blogging then I think it's a good idea to support her if that is where her interest is.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

coolavender

I'll try not to make it a vlogging versus writing thing because that could turn a teenager away from writing. I'll probably just support him/her and encourage writing by suggesting ideas like writing captions, narrative descriptions, or a summary of the video. In short, I'll encourage writing by relating it to the current craze. I think they have enough reading and writing lessons at school but if a child's heart and mind is not in it, that may not be for him. Who knows but a child's interest in vlogging may just pave the way for bigger things now and in the future.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

cmoneyspinner

No, you're not making a big deal out of it. My granddaughter likes making videos. She's 9 years old. I don't know when she started making them. Fortunately, she has aunts (my daughters) who try to encourage her to engage in other activities, like writing. No doubt you have a good relationship with your daughter. Slowly try to convince her that it's good to keep some things about herself to herself. When her thoughts are on video, the world knows. When her thoughts are in a journal, it's her world.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

romyter013

My daughter just starting to read a little fluent but I can see she is trying her best. But how the internet and gadgets are so influential these days is really kind hard to compete with it. So many apps now that they can download and on how they can make their video blogging so easy. I guess for me, reading or doing video blogging, as long they are enjoying doing it on how my they can express theirselves that all fine with me.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

jetselle

I truly comprehend your circumstance, youngsters these days are exceptionally innovative look at when it was previously, it is for the most part since we are currently on the cutting edge time of innovation wherein everything is conceivable at this point. I think it isn't generally awful to give your children a chance to complete a video blogging since it is currently the new pattern. In the event that you need her to get the hang of composing, at that point you should gradually disclose to her the significance of compositions. It ought not just the video blogging that she needs to learn yet additionally on the most proficient method to compose articles since it is an unquestionable requirement for each kid to know.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Martinsx1

Believe me, I understand exactly the situation which you find yourself in with your child preference of video blogging instead of writing. This is just what's obtainable in our society today with most people seeking to go through the easier process than the hard way. Writing isn't an ordinary task, it requires great skill to carry it out successfully and it's as a result of this that most people are diverting to video blogging. Just try and get your child to see the beauty in writing instead of making videos and I'm sure he or she would take your advice. But if the child is very good in video blogging, then I think you should consider not trying to discourage the child.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

HappyLady

Try to involve your child in something you are writing yourself. Children learn by example. If they see the parent interested, then they often get interested too. Here also is an idea I have that I want to do with my six year old grandson.

How about suggesting you create a short book together, but don't make it just words on a paper.

Make use of an online publisher like lulu or createspace and suggest you do the whole thing from A to Z. That way the child gets to make a cover- which involves writing. Do illustrations (black and white or the cost is prohibitive,) Understand chapters and headings even if they are half a page long, and to understand there is a beginning, middle and an end to any written piece. Follow your child's interests, even if you do hate fluffy pink unicorns, and ensure that the whole thing has pride of place among all relatives (great Christmas present!). Both of you will learn from the process, as not only will you write, but use a grammar checker to edit and see what needs changing.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

anchoreztin

I think it should be a team effort in order for your child to choose blogging than vlogging. First observe if your child is more into writing than video. Whatever we want our child to be is nothing if the child does not want it in the first place. Observe your child's personality. If she is into writing then there is really no convincing should happen. As parents, we are here to support what our child really wants.
if you could see a potential in her, your task would be easier. Encourage her by guiding her and giving her tips. Also whenever sbe is having a hard time, give her support. You could also work as a team by letting her draw then you write the words or reverse. Let her write the words then you will draw. In this way, it has a fun way in paving way the inner blogger in your child.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

jayjaydimson

He can used their writing skills anywhere tho I'm not lowering the video making but for me as a parent I will allow him to write than making a video.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

jaymish3

I keep saying that parents need to get with the times. Restricting your kids from doing what they want will not end well. I know that writing skills are important, but instead of blocking your kids from video blogging, allow them to this as a result of improving their writing skills.You only have a few years to influence your child. Also respect their wishes and what they want. Moderation is the key to everything.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

TheArticulate

Vlogging is trendy in society today thanks to the rise of YouTube culture, and I think it's wonderful that your child is embracing that! It's creative, and it's great method of expression. I wouldn't discourage them from vlogging, but to add that element of writing, perhaps you should encourage your child to start scripting out their vlogs? This will give them a writing outlet, as well as help them produce better vlogs (in my opinion) as organizing your thoughts is the best way to translate them into video.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

theresajane

Video blogging helps the child build confidence. It is a great way of self-expresion and helps the child to build her interpersonal skills. With writing, I personally think that it's the school's role to challenge and enhance her skills. Since your daughter is still young, I sincerely recommend to let her have fun and don't pressure her too much. Anyway, if I have a child like yours who is good at making video content online and exhibits a great potential in writing, I would be one of the proudest mothers on Earth.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

MomoStarr16

Well, today kids really are into video blogging. It will be hard to fight against that flow. But of course being a writer you also wanted your son or daughter to be like you. It is not too much to make them a writer but somehow hard if they don't really like it. In my opinion it is better to be a writer than a video blogger. Just show the positive sides of being a writer and wish that they will love it too. How do I encourage my child to write instead of video blogging?



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

jpk0007

Well I am not a parent myself but I have a nephew who is in school and I know how difficult it can be to make the kids to do something in a particular way. Most of them are very tech savvy and they are way ahead of all of us when it comes to technology. I wonder how they are able to absorb so much about mobiles and computers at such a small age.I mean I used to be very afraid initially to use a computer when I was a kid but when I see my nephew using it like a pro. , it's simply amazing. I guess today's kids can't be made to do anything unless they are interested in it and I think its really good that way.Let them do whatever they love doing.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

kaka135

As a mom, I would also encourage my children to write instead of doing video blogging. I think there are many benefits to write things down, such as building the kids' creativity and imagination, and it may help them to organize their thoughts and work better.

I am thinking perhaps you can find a few good forums or writing sites that your child is interested in, and encourage her to start participating. Once she gets to know more friends and get support from the forums or sites, she may start to write more. I started to write more often because of the interaction with others online. My eldest saw me writing and interacting with others always, and he always said he wants to start writing like me when he grows older. I think by them seeing us how enjoying we are with writing, they might want to follow as well. Moreover, I think perhaps creating a blog for her might be good as well. She can also write about her video and share it on the blog. Some bloggers recorded the video and wrote the text as well, as there are people who prefer to watch videos and people who like to read, I think this might also be a good way to encourage her to write more often. At the same time, she can also continue with her video blogging.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

jaymish3

Again guys I think we're missing the point. Technology is a new way of doing things. I give you the Example of Bill gates and Steve Jobs note both never finished University and they went on to own the biggest technology companies in the world.Don't you think if they had continued with school this would never have happened?What if their parents would not have allowed them to pursue their creativity? We are falling into the trap of our parents where we think there is only one route to success i.e in school or writing. That's not necessarily true. Teach your child the necessary skills but also allow them to explore their own path you never know where it may lead.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment

Judas2018

I think it's always nice to try and encourage your child to write over 'vlogging.' But if you find this task to be insurmountable or nearly impossible - you should vlog with them until they're at least 15 years old. I wouldn't want my 8 year old vlogging by themselves. I think as they get older, you can make less and less frequent appearances in the videos, but at 8 I just eel it's way too young to allow them to produce online videos alone.



Enter a reason for deleting this comment