An image from the viral children’s video Baby Shark, which has become a global phenomenon. Pinkfong

Ask any child over the age of six what they want to be when they grow up, and 90 percent of the time their reply will be "youtuber".

It's a precarious world we find ourselves in in the 21st century. No longer content with becoming doctors, scientists or lawyers, children these days know that to find instant fame is to take their dreams and aspirations online.

All one needs to do is to look to who their role models are. Dan DTM ring a bell? With over 17 million followers, the British-born YouTuber ranked as the world's highest paid YouTube star in 2017, with a net worth of $16.5-million.

Yes, there's money to be made if done right. But the question is: Should you let your child go ahead and start a YouTube channel?

The decision to let your child join any social-media platform is, of course, a personal one and depends on the child’s age, emotional maturity and reasons for wanting to put themselves out there, says The Washington Post's Devorah Heitner.

According to her, parents should be asking pertinent questions:

  • Why do you want to have a YouTube channel?
  • What kinds of videos do you want to create?
  • What are your favorite YouTube channels? What do you like about them?
  • Are there any YouTube channels you don’t like? What don’t you like about them?

She says that parents should have an honest and open conversation with their kids. "Approach the conversation with curiosity and without judgment, and explore accounts with your child to see why they might be interested in creating a YouTube channel."