Rainbow Looms YouTube video producers

My younger son is 8-years-old, is in third grade, and likes to make Rainbow Loom bracelets. I found him the other day in our office watching YouTube instructional videos on how to make a starburst bracelet. He had all of his supplies on the desk and was following along to the kids in the video. If he needed more time, he would pause it or rewind it. Moreover, he quickly figured out that the videos on the right navigation were related to the main one that he was watching and that he could quickly find additional bracelets to make.

Jack Molisani notes in his article that social networking is for everyone and that “anyone with a video camera and a YouTube account is a video producer.” This statement rings true to me as my son has also asked me if he could make his own videos to teach kids at his school how to make Rainbow Loom bracelets. YouTube is “instructing current customers” (my son) and is also “developing new customers”, which are all of the classmates that will go to YouTube to check out the videos.

While fads come and go, the medium is here to stay. For example, it may not be popular to make Rainbow Looms in a few months, but whatever the next fad is, I’m sure they will be using YouTube.

About peahleah

Youngest of four, left home at 17, traveled the country, and wound up in Austin.

Posted on September 22, 2014, in Social Media, Society and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I love the endless possibilities of sites like Youtube, especially with children. It wouldn’t be surprising at all if your son is pleased with his results of this first video and continues to improve his skills and gains a following. These sites offer limitless freedom to anyone who chooses to participate, and I doubt they’ll ever disappear. We have become extremely dependent on sites like Youtube, Wikipedia, and online dictionaries; I doubt we will ever be able to live without them.

  2. Yes, these homemade videos are here to stay. The educational aspect is enormous in YouTube. I’ve learned about friends’ medical conditions (what? I’m curious) as well as how to make kombucha tea, and braid a five-stranded braid.

    You’re right–whatever my next question on how to make something, I’ll be visiting YouTube for a tutorial.

  3. YouTube DIY videos are a great way to teach evaluating sources for credibility because if the instructions don’t work, then you have to find another video with better instruction.

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