Hello parents! We’re so excited for the opportunity to work with your kids at YouTube Stars! Here’s what you need to know…
What should your child bring to camp?
- Lunch & healthy snacks
- Sunscreen & clothes they can plan in (they may get dirty and/or wet!)
- Camp-appropriate props and costumes they wish to use in their movies. Techsplosion takes no responsibility for lost, damaged, or stolen property at camp.
- Please note: We will provide an android smartphone for your child to use for filming. If they have their own cellphone, they are welcome to bring it, but for privacy reasons, we use only our own smartphones for the recording and editing of videos.
A Brief Synopsis of YouTube Stars:
- All participants must have a media release form signed by a guardian on the first day of camp. You may sign the form when you arrive at camp, or print it now and bring the signed form on day one.
- Participants will work in groups to create 1 or more short videos. Through the process, they’ll learn a variety of filmmaking and internet safety skills as well as basic video promotion techniques.
- At the end of the week, videos will be uploaded to Dropbox, not YouTube. We do this for two reasons: because it gives you, the parent, an opportunity to ensure that no inappropriate or identifying content is uploaded and because it allows your child to upload to “their own channel” (which will technically be your channel- see below).
- After you’ve reviewed your child’s video/s and downloaded them from Dropbox, you may choose to upload them to their YouTube channel!
Important note: If your child attends YouTube Stars, their likeness will be uploaded publicly to the internet via Dropbox! We cannot stop nor take any responsibility for others sharing them or reuploading them elsewhere.
Prior to camp, we encourage you to configure a YouTube account with your child:
- This is optional and encouraged because it’s a great opportunity to teach your child about internet safety, which becomes more important every day.
- YouTube does not allow children under 13 years old to upload videos. Therefore, you will need to be the creator and uploader of your child’s channel.
- YouTube believes that asking parents to take an active role in managing video uploads is a powerful step to protect your children online. We couldn’t agree more.
- Find instructions for creating a YouTube channel here.
The tips below are what we share with your kids at our programs. We ask you to review these tips with them prior to uploading their videos.
During Filming & Editing:
- Don’t ever use your real name or give away any personal information, either on video or in the comments section. Keep yourself anonymous. We recommend you choose a fake name to use just on your YouTube channel.
- Don’t ever give away your location. When filming outside be careful not to include too much of your surroundings. Be careful of wide shots that might give away where you are filming from.
- Watch your language and behavior when filming for YouTube. Be an awesome example for other YouTubers!
- Don’t engage in negative comments with more negative answers. The internet is full of trolls, people that seem to find joy in bashing other people’s work; don’t let it bother you. Visit YouTube’s page on harassment and cyberbullying for more tips.
- Never share personal information like your real name, age, or location with strangers online. If someone is asking you personal questions, show your parents right away.