The challenge presented by kids spending time on YouTube has been well-documented over the last few months. Ultimately, the platform was designed for adults, so there are limits to what content safeguards YouTube can put in place for the under-13 audience. Today, we’re stepping in to help by rolling out our SafeFam content certification for YouTubers with young audiences.
Last week (UK half term), our PopJam team hit the road to meet hundreds of kids and their families. First up was Kidtropolis in London, a fun-packed family event featuring a plethora of activities and entertainment from kids’ favourite brands and personalities. Later in the week, the journey continued to the Digital Kids Show in Manchester, a separate event focussed on pure digital education, gaming and featuring some very special YouTuber guests.
NEWSFLASH: 1) PopJam smashed through the 1 million user level last week, now reaching over 30% of 8-12 kids in the UK. 2) PopJam isn’t just about awesome kids brands anymore. Read on to find out how it has become the default safe-social channel for YouTubers to engage with their under-13 audiences.
We’ve spent the last three years creating the infrastructure for safe brand engagement in the digital kids market. Today marks another milestone in this mission. Introducing the latest SuperAwesome product: the Kidfluencer YouTube Network.
It may have caught your attention a few weeks ago that the kids on your nearby school run were sporting rather more fairy wings, hook hands and witch hats than usual.
The reason? World Book Day: that time when schools across the country are flooded with little Heidis and Grinches, Gruffalos and Wimpy Kids. This year there was even a rogue Christian Grey.
In the midst of this, one mummy blogger noticed what she felt was a worrying costume trend: her daughter’s friends were planning to mark the festival of literature by dressing up as YouTube megastar Zoella.
YouTube is rapidly becoming integral to kids’ lives. Looking beyond just video-on-demand consumption, YouTube is becoming paramount to the way that kids create, learn and share.
SuperAwesome’s Insights Team have been following this growing phenomenon. Here is an overview of our discoveries to date.