Parents are paying up to $1,000 a week to send their kids to YouTube camp for the summer
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- YouTube has created a new generation of stars who are raking in thousands while still in elementary school.
- The trend has led to the creation of summer camps that teach kids how to create digital content and become YouTubers.
- Some of these camps cost $1,000 per week to teach children how to edit video footage, create personal brands, and post to platforms like TikTok and Twitch.
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"This camp branches out from traditional storytelling to how to create the fun and hilarious content that kids love to watch," a camp called "YouTube STAR Creator Studio" advertises. "Become an Internet sensation ... This camp is bound to go viral."Read more: A 7-year-old boy is making $22 million a year on YouTube reviewing toys
Some of these camps are open to kids as young as 9, which is well below the minimum age of 13 that YouTube requires for users who sign up (in accordance with children's online privacy laws). Camps claim they don't help their young participants create their own accounts in violation of YouTube's policies - they say they just teach kids how to create videos that their parents can then choose to post, the Journal reports.The Journal talked to parents who are sending their kids to YouTube camps this summer, and many dismissed their children's interests as mere hobbies, phases, and side gigs. But YouTube has produced a new crop of online personalities that can quit careers in favor of full-time jobs with full-time incomes as influencers and online creators.
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