Digital Kids: Now and in the Future

On of my new favourite vloggers to watch is Batdad. In everyday situations, Blake Wilson puts on his Batman mask and makes a hilarious compilation of everyday family situations between him, his wife and his children and how Batman (or in this case, Batdad) would handle them. They are hilarious! Even my kids love watching them.

  Batman (retouched)

By Batman_Cosplay_-_Dragon_Con_2012.jpg: Andrew Guyton from Texas, United StatesNew_York_City_at_night_HDR.jpg: Paulo Barcellos Jr.derivative work: Hic et nunc [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Last week, an article popped up in my Facebook feed about one viral video that got the internet buzzing. Remember “Charlie bit my finger!”? Well, Charlie is now 9 years old and the two boys are back in the news with a remake of their infamous original YouTube video.

Harry and Charlie discuss how 800 000 000+ people have viewed their original video that was uploaded to YouTube 8 years ago by their dad. I’ve often wondered about how kids that have been “viral viewed” on platforms such as YouTube or Flickr will appreciate their fame later on in life.

Now, some kids have gone on to fame and fortune after being discovered on YouTube such as Justin Bieber. However, what happens with the unwanted attention? Ghyslain Raza (a.k.a Star Wars Kid) spoke to L’actualite magazine about how being the infamous Star Wars Kid lead to him being bullied online. And with the attention on how much cyber bullying is happening today, he felt compelled to share his story with those who may be facing the same type of bullying as he did. Ghyslain created the video himself wielding a lightsaber and it was taken by others and uploaded without his consent. In the article, he requested that the magazine not include the video and, for that reason, I will not add it to my blog. I feel a certain amount of privacy is owed to those who did not have a say in what was posted online.

But what happens when it’s a parent uploading videos and pictures of their infants, toddlers and children online, such as in the case of Batdad. In the future, when those children understand more the implication of their online success via their dad, what will they think or feel? Will they understand? Will they feel their privacy was invaded? Will they expect to maintain the same sort of notoriety when they are older (and possibly less cute)? Is a baby, toddler, or child’s right to privacy online their own or does it belong to their parents?


 By VanessaQ (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


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