YouTube is one of the greatest platforms to get your work or talent put out to the masses with the chance of your video getting noticed by some of the top guns in both the media and business sector. Everyone from singers, to dancers to actors and comedians will upload their work on a regular basis, not only to get exposure but in many cases to get assurance that what they are doing is actually of a high quality. But what happens when the person in question is under 16. Do we all of a sudden take the moral high ground and express our disgust at their parents for allowing their children to be exposed in such a manner, or are we left in awe by their obvious talent (which many of them have) and therefore excuse the fact that they are still minors?
With YouTube discoveries such as Justin Bieber ,who was catapulted to fame after his mother filmed videos of him singing in their home, you only have to spend around 10 mins on the site to realise that this has certainly become a trend with many parents either filming or in some cases accompanying their young starlets in the video.
Take a look at the following three videos from these YouTube sensations:
Ten-year-old Canadian Heather Russell, was dubbed the next Justin Bieber after a video of her signing a self-penned song caught the attention of Grammy Award winning producer Rob Fusari, who is also a mentor for Lady Gaga. Subsequent to this, Heather was reportedly signed by Simon Cowell…
Father and daughter team Jorge & Alexa Narvaez have caused a stir in America after posting videos of their duets on YouTube. Watch below to see the pair singing What’s up (What’s Going On) by the 4 Non Blondes.
Connie Talbot wowed both the judges and the audience when she auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent at the ripe old age of SIX. Watch below to find out what all the craze was about!
Though what is most interesting about these videos is the thread of comments and debates it raises; a mixture of impressed music lovers, concerned viewers and vicious web surfers who have nothing better to do than criticise a child who has no means to defend themselves, will all share their opinion.
But the underlying issue of each argument is of course the child’s age. Those that are impressed are so because they can’t believe someone so youthful could have a wealth of talent. While those that are concerned feel the child in question should not , via the encouragement of their parents, be exposed to the wider evils of the Internet, open to a volt of criticism in the same way an adult is.
So what do you think?
Do you think these child prodigies should be applauded or this all too much too soon?
We at FAB want to ask you this:
If you had a child that expressed a talent or at least a great interest in either singing, acting or any other profession that lends itself to the format of Internet video sharing, would you encourage or dissuade your child from partaking in such activities?
Leave your comments below and lets get a FAB debate going!