Kids fight. I fought with my siblings when I was a kid. My children fought. My grandchildren fight.
The internet has brought today’s children a thing to fight about that their parents and grandparents never fought about. Followers.
At least two of the three grandchildren we stayed with have a blog or vlog (video blog). The effort of combining their talents and working together on a vlog ended in screaming, stomping, and waving arms about.
“You’re just trying to steal my followers,” he yelled at his sister.
“Who wants your stupid followers. I have my own followers,” she screamed back.
A short time later my grandson asked for Mom’s credit card number to upgrade his site with a goal of monetizing his vlog. His plan is to become so successful vlogging that he can drop out of school and quit studying science and history. According to the internet, a kid can drop out of school at age 14 and have several million dollars by the time he is 21 years old.
You gotta love a kid with a plan.
Mom refused to give him her credit card number. Hopes dashed. But why? For only a small amount of money he would be set. He did not believe the small fee would be recurring. Clueless Mom didn’t understand.
Lucky there was a blogger with over a thousand followers there. My followers gave me cred! I am legit! Yes, Mom is correct, you do have to pay every month. And monetizing takes more than 45 followers. The idea of dropping out of school to get rich blogging is strongly vetoed. I suggested he make some money first, then talk about quitting school. The poor kid can’t get anyone on his side.
He doesn’t know all the creative opportunities that await a young man with a high school diploma. W doesn’t know you can get a degree in college in videograghy, or film. He doesn’t know the thrill of using a professional camera, instead of his phone, to make video, nor the fun you can have with a green screen, not to mention the value of editing. He doesn’t know the joys of film making, and the challenges of collaboration on a big project.
In addition, he doesn’t realize the value of science and history to such endeavors as broadcasting and film making.
He has a future ahead that he doesn’t know enough about to dream of. What is clear, is that I’d better step up my game, before this very motivated young man steals my followers.