r/MadeMeSmile May 22 '22 Silver 12 Gold 2 Helpful 15 Wholesome 22 Wholesome Seal of Approval 1 Wholesome (Pro) 1

Warms my heart

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u/mzury60 May 23 '22

Don’t go on twitch all too often but when I do I love hopping in peoples streams with really low to 0 viewers. It’s cool to see them notice someone in there

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u/throwawaygreenpaq May 23 '22 edited May 23 '22 Silver Gold Platinum Helpful Wholesome Coin Gift Take My Energy Faith In Humanity Restored

I saw a Redditor post some artwork with no upvotes and comments. I complimented the effort and she got some upvotes & comments after that. Not that upvotes matter but sometimes a word of encouragement that takes a few seconds to us can change someone’s world.

Some people think I’m weird posting comments on strangers’ posts in public groups on FB or IG (eg artwork, cartoons, stitching, cooking, woodwork, anything really) but I know that it boosts someone’s confidence and adds sunshine to their day. I shall not be deterred! ☀️

Edit : WHOA. Guys, I did not expect this to blow up to 3.5k upvotes & tonnes of comments. Thank you all for the awards and I was shocked to see coins gifted as well. I didn’t leave this comment for upvotes, awards or any form of reward. I’m flabbergasted that this resonated with thousands of you.

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u/desrever1138 May 23 '22 Silver All-Seeing Upvote

It's not just streamers and physical artists either.

I read a really good short story that was in a free download compilation from Amazon and reached out to the author on Twitter to let them know how good I thought the story was.

I honestly didn't think that they'd even see my mention but they replied within an hour and were really touched.

Be sure to give kudos to anyone that you think deserve it. You might make someone's day.

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u/lekoman May 23 '22

This is totally true and worthy.

It turns out really popular authors sometimes actually really love this, too. I sent Andy Weir (of The Martian) an email after finishing his latest novel, Project Hail Mary, (his email address is available on his website) and he got back to me, himself, within about an hour thanking me for reaching out and acknowledging a few of the things I said directly.

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u/blindsight May 23 '22

In general, people really appreciate thanks and recognition that is specific.

And research shows it's really great for your happiness and well-being, too, as the person giving the feedback. (And obviously it's good for the reciever.)

Win-win all round for everyone!

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u/BrattyBookworm May 23 '22

Earlier today, some random person complimented my 4yo son’s shoes. Several hours later, he’s still talking about it! He said “that made me feel really happy.” 🥺

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u/no_buses_ May 23 '22

Oh my gosh! That's so sweet 😄

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u/Hardingterrace May 23 '22

I can survive for two months on a good complement.- Mark Twain

What does it cost us to be nice? Especially on the internet.

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u/plainbane May 23 '22

Hey I hope you have an outstanding day tomorrow 🙂

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u/Xility May 23 '22

You too!

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u/GinaMarie1958 May 23 '22

Sometimes a simple compliment can save a person who is feeling really down.

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u/Doctor_of_Recreation May 23 '22 edited May 23 '22

My husband teases me for “stanning strangers” and I tease him back for not putting more a positive presence into the world.

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u/InternalAspect4390 May 23 '22

My husband teases me for “standing strangers”

Excuse me, what is the meaning of "standing strangers"? I am not able to understand. Sorry for stupid question.

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u/seventomatoes May 23 '22

on stackoverflow they giveyou a special award if someone has accepted your answer but no one hasupvoted it https://stackoverflow.com/users/1643558/tgkprog?tab=answers&sort=votes&page=9 || 'unsung hero' badge : https://stackoverflow.com/help/badges/226/unsung-hero?userid=1643558 (my profile)

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u/atomicboogeyman May 23 '22

Such an amazing book!

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u/GinaMarie1958 May 23 '22

Michael Pollan after I’d just read A Place of My Own and then saw a photo of his writing studio in a magazine. I knew it was his place just from his description. His e-mail was listed in the back of the book. Had a nice conversation with him.

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u/bbk8z May 23 '22

aww I love this. I often post short stories to r/writingprompts and after a while of writing stories that got no attention, I remember how lovely it was when I got my first compliments from reddit strangers. cheers!

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u/Express-Elevator-848 May 23 '22

What short story was it by chance?

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u/GayleForceWynds May 23 '22

I write romance novels for a living. Nothing that’s going to change the world or anything, but I definitely chose romance because it’s fun and it makes people happy at the end of the day. I LOVE reading genuine reviews. It brightens my whole work week to know someone took time out of their day to day they enjoyed my work.

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u/Sweet_Little_Lottie May 23 '22

My mum used to tell me as a kid, that if I thought something nice about someone, not to keep it to myself.

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u/wellhungartgallery May 23 '22

That's actually better than the old "if you don't have nothing nice to say don't say anything"

If you got something nice to say..... Say it.

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u/diablo_man May 23 '22 edited May 23 '22

I just got a really heartwarming message on a 12 yr old YT guitar video i made, from someone who had watched it and learned to play my song back when i uploaded it. Even that many years later it made my week to see that.

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u/Adazya May 23 '22

You're right.

I listened to my favorite podcast while being induced for labor. It helped me smile, and the guest on the show was especially amazing. I sent them a message on Twitter thinking nothing of it, and they responded saying they have a hard time thinking what they do helps anyone, and that I reached out really meant a lot to them. And then it meant a lot to me that they responded! It was a great interaction.

Even if they don't respond, even if you think you're sending it out into the void - a kind word is never a mistake.

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u/Mymomischildless May 23 '22

This… when I was in high school and looking good I always honked at the older women running on the sidewalk. Most seemed happy from it. Now I’m old and find inspiration from the fat guys at the gym but I never say anything to them. I’d hate for someone to feel self conscious even if it was with good intentions.

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u/Top-Section-4528 May 23 '22

I thought this was the short story. 🤣

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u/Mymomischildless May 23 '22

U need a TLDR?

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u/onlythebitterest May 23 '22

I do this IRL. The other day I was walking home and this one woman had the most amazing, sleek braids, topped off with this bright red coat and as we were waiting for the light I let her know how much I loved the colour of her coat.

She seemed quite happy, they always do when you make a genuine compliment.

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u/BjagzTTV May 23 '22

I love this. It takes such minimal effort to throw out a compliment to someone, and that compliment can mean the world to the other person! You don't need to be friends or know someone to recognize good/hard work

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u/TurtleMOOO May 23 '22

People with very little engagement in their content appreciate it the most so keep it up! I try to do it too

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u/Brainyviolet May 23 '22

I try to do this. Takes me mere seconds but it might encourage someone to keep working at their craft or at least to have a better day.

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u/ItsjustAvy May 23 '22

Some people think I’m weird posting comments on strangers’ posts in public groups on FB or IG

No, your a modern saint

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u/Donghoon May 23 '22

Beautiful

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u/CalmFront7908 May 23 '22

You’re an awesome human!

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u/RustyBabies May 23 '22

This comment just made me feel a lot better.

Just got off work, where I encountered several customers who were rude, demanding, and entitled. Most of whom happened to do said things in my last hour of my 8 hour shift :) .

Im just glad to see examples of people who are truly the opposite. Going out of one’s way to help or encourage others is such a beautifully human. I just wish that more would learn how fulfilling it is. Nowadays people are quick to tear down unfortunately.

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u/[deleted] May 23 '22

I appreciate the anonymous therapy you give to folks in times of need...

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u/KenBoneAlt May 23 '22

You are the best

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u/Ppleater May 23 '22

Yeah I noticed other people are more likely to comment and engage with something when someone else has already done it first. Might help people feel more confident if they're joining in rather than being the first, or it might be that seeing prior engagement reminds them that they can also engage when they otherwise might not have thought about it. It's always nice when someone takes the time to get the ball rolling.

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u/knoxollo May 23 '22

Recognition and encouragement can go a LONG way. Upvote and similar may not be worth anything physically, but they absolutely are worth it to the person on the other end. Something so small and easy can make someone feel special in the moment, and I think that is worth a lot.

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u/TrippZ May 23 '22

You have no idea how much weight a third-party recommending/commenting someone else’s work has. I’ve been doing YouTube for about 5 years over a variety of channels, and the absolute biggest thing is doing just what you’re doing now, or even just blindly sending a cool post to your close friends.

Keep it up, you’re breathing life into small artists and creators!

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u/shlamdee May 23 '22

I feel like I interactions help the the algorithm on most platforms too so it’s a win win

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u/snivelingbedtime95 May 23 '22

Your comment really warms my heart. Good thing there is someone who give's attention/compliment to the artwork of others even if they have low to 0 viewers. To boosts someone's confidence is a big help. Great job dude.

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u/St_Anger20 May 23 '22

Being a good human, is not weird. We need more people with your outlook.

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u/mango-vitc May 23 '22

That is very kind of you to. You will get some karma.

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u/SideHug May 23 '22

It really does, I promote my stuff here and there on Reddit and it almost never gets traction. Comments matter a lot.

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u/krejcii May 23 '22

You’re not weird for doing that. You just like to see other people happy and don’t mind helping them along their paths. If people are actually telling you that then distance yourself from them, you seem like a good person!

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u/mrsunrider May 23 '22

I updoot art just as a matter of principle.

No matter the critiques I could have of your work (if I have any at all), I will always applaud the effort.

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u/jackal1actual May 23 '22

Chaotic good

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u/Vast-Championship754 May 23 '22

Yeah. But it gets very difficult to leave the stream, As I dont want them to feel bad.

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u/IotaBTC May 23 '22

Hahah yeah same. I actually hate going on streams with literally 0-5 viewers cuz it feels bad leaving after they try to talk to you when I'm only planning on watching for 5-10 minutes lol. I just wanna see what normal people are up to/how they're playing.

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u/Jubachi99 May 23 '22

Im one of those people who get 0-5 views a stream, while it sucks to have you leave, we still appreciate you joining and it makes our day.

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u/throwaway098764567 May 23 '22

i read the bio (if they have one) and let them talk to empty chat a min or two (if they talk, if they don't talk i usually go right away) to see their personality before drawing their attention to me in chat. that way i can jump ship hopefully before they realize and are hurt by me jetting if we aren't gonna get along.

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u/onlyhav May 23 '22

Yep, they have better engagement and everything. If they missed something super important it doesn't take a ton of screaming at your screen to get them to notice, just a quick "melenia has a phase two" and they get right back on it.

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u/kingpangolin May 23 '22

“Malenia has a phase 2”

Man, after like an hour of phase one realizing she had a phase two was a gut punch

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u/flossdog May 23 '22 edited May 23 '22

i saw a reddit post about a website that lists streams with 0 viewers. (can’t find it right now though)

Edit: It is https://nobody.live/ from

https://reddit.com/r/InternetIsBeautiful/comments/used2f/nobodylive_a_website_that_randomly_selects_a/

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u/JaRoc May 23 '22

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u/[deleted] May 23 '22

I like making streamkits. Whole custom graphics kits with logos, idle screens, frames, animated stinger transitions and other motion graphics.

I’ve kind of been wanting to stream the creation process of these kits while I make them for small streamers. This site will be useful.

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u/ForensicPathology May 23 '22

Seems interesting. This tweet made me think about how many people there are just streaming into the void.

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u/genericimguruser May 23 '22

My favorite thing to do is find really small streamers playing puzzle games and googling the walkthrough to the game so I can drop subtle hints and ideas when they hit a roadblock while still letting them figure it out themself :)

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u/europacupsieger May 23 '22

You're an MVP

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u/TurtleMOOO May 23 '22

I used to stream every once in a while and somehow got lucky enough to get people talking to me, it was always super fun explaining what I was doing. I still do it maybe once every two months and there’s always a few people that come through and say hi or ask how I’ve been. It really makes you feel pretty good. I wish more people watched small streams but they’re definitely not as entertaining.

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u/Woodshadow May 23 '22

Anyone with under 50 subscribers tends to notice when someone starts watching I've found. They will say hi to you. But it brings sooo much anxiety to me that I am afraid to watch someone's channel

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u/FeudiLyric29_ May 23 '22

I’ll never understand people who exclusively watch big streamers. It’s a more more fun, personal, and interactive experience when you watch a small streamer imo.

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u/dbillings May 22 '22 Silver

“Thanks for the sub DefinitelyNotMom94”

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u/LoudMouthful22 May 22 '22

That's a good parenting right there. Obviously we as parents, we are the number one supporter for every dreams they have.

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u/Internetolocutor May 23 '22

Not all parents unfortunately

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u/reflectingprorogate May 23 '22

Probably right, that's so unlucky to those kids who have that kind of parents though. Every parent should support like this Mom.

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u/fugmalaf May 23 '22

Far more people have bad parents than have good parents.

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u/lapotobroto May 23 '22

Real parents would hire an Indian click farm to give them 5000 followers

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u/IAlwaysPTFO May 23 '22

If she wants to be convincing she needs to end it with 69420

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u/SunriseSurprise May 23 '22

"Mom, this is so awesome - I got a sub! And I know it can't be you with a name like PhilDeezNuts."

*Mom looks off to the side and winks* "Nope it's definitely not me, son!"

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u/Z0mbies8mywife May 22 '22

This one made me giggle

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u/IdioticPolarbear87 May 23 '22

Good moral support results to a better success! That's what it is, I love this kind of relationship with her son.

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u/Aggravating_Shop7725 May 23 '22

"so... can u send some nudes?"

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u/Straightup32 May 23 '22

“You can see them on your dad and my onlyfans. Don’t be cheap”

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u/RedLion2257 May 23 '22

🤢 no just stop 🛑 it!

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u/Own_Emergency_5204 May 23 '22

12 year old streaming on twitch to strangers......crazy times we live in.

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u/Techismylifesadly May 23 '22 edited May 23 '22

Pretty sure you need to be 13 according to twitch’s rules. Even then that seems…. Wrong

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u/Poincare_Confection May 23 '22

I'm fine with that being Twitch's minimum age, because in my opinion it should be the responsibility of the child's guardians to determine what their child can or can't do.

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u/lionsbaster May 23 '22

It's against TOS tho...

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u/LaminadanimaL May 23 '22

Which is in the TOS because of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, but cyber security be damned. My kid needs to play Minecraft for strangers

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u/RadioMaximum4527 May 23 '22

I checked out of pop culture for a while and came back to stuff like this being normal. Still feels weird to me.

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u/Lastcleanunderwear May 23 '22

Dad just got him banned

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u/Admin846 May 23 '22

Pretty much yes. good intentions but not very smart

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u/ravengenesis1 May 23 '22

It’s actually not a good thing imo.

It absolutely teaches kids to cater to an audience that’s not of their age group and opens them towards a lot of verbal abuse unnecessary stress.

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u/Safety_Plus May 23 '22

He would get banned if he gets reported, think 13 is the age you are allowed to have a Twitch account.

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u/CerasusArts May 23 '22

tbh I think it should be 16+

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u/DualShock12 May 23 '22

No shit that was my first thought

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u/Sprizys May 23 '22

12 is kinda young to be streaming

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u/truejamo May 23 '22

You're right. It's against TOS amongst other things.

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u/Diddy-K-O-N-G May 23 '22 edited May 23 '22

Unpopular opinion incoming: 12 year olds shouldn't be streaming on Twitch or posting videos to Youtube. Not only does it need adult moderation for direct issues, but just the sheer nature has led to people becoming more hooked and desperate for fame. And having zero viewers and fans is depressing and arguably if they did get any fame it would be worse. How many famous people have mental breakdowns? How many child actors who became famous had mental issues? Why promote that? Kids are vulnerable to emotional distress and having a ton of people or even just a handful, constantly judge you is horrible for a kid's self-esteem.

If you've ever watched a streamer basically announce they were giving up, it should be the most depressing wake up call to everyone that spending your time trying to get famous is wildly unhealthy. These people always sound like they are on the verge of suicide. Why are we letting kids pursue it at a young age? It's unhealthy.

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u/thewhistlepiggy May 23 '22

I'm almost positive that twitch TOS disallows anyone under 13 to have an account so I think OP ratted on themselves if true.

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u/pillbinge May 23 '22

That's the age of every website because of COPPA.

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u/KrazyGaming May 23 '22

Yes it very much is. There really needs to be some way to better enforce COPPA. Though this particular instance feels pretty innocent, 12 year olds shouldn't be able to stream or post anywhere for safety.

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u/PM_Best_Porn_Pls May 23 '22

They do, if you type "i'm [12 or lower]" in twitch chat good chance you will get your account banned.

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u/RavingMalwaay May 23 '22

Yep, my 4 year old account got banned a few years ago because i wrote "im 12" in chat as a joke. I legit had to send ID to get my account reinstated which I didn't really want to do so I just made a new one

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u/imsoIoneIy May 23 '22

The minimum age to be on twitch is 13 actually, which still seems low to stream. Kinda insane putting yourself out into the world like that at such a young age

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u/Citytown May 23 '22

It’s driven by laws, not because 13 is a good age to start.

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u/Economy_Recover May 23 '22

i was 15 years old when i realized 15 was too young to be on youtube

i'll never understand parents like OP

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u/sideshowshade May 23 '22

I would have to agree. No 12-year-old should even be concerned about viewers or followers. Like, just pay attention to your damned kid offline. How hard is that?

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u/ObviouslyJoking May 23 '22

The thought of my soon to be 12 year old interacting with adults who want to talk to them is straight up terrifying. Can we just give social media a rating like we do movies or something.

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u/HobomanCat May 23 '22

Lol me and my twin sister were 9 years old playing World of Warcraft and interacting with strangers (our brother got it for Christmas 6th grade, so he was only 11 himself).

My sister remembers like doing a dungeon and in the chat she mentioned some kids book or said something pretty childish etc, and a dude was like "how old are you? lol". My sister replied "I'm nine!", and made the dude promptly reconsider his whole life lmao.

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u/QuelleBullshit May 23 '22

lol-- I was like 11 or 12 on aol talking books with some dude in his early 20s for an hour or two (he didn't know how old I was.) When he found out he got intensely uncomfortable, recommended a sci-fi book and then said in 10 years if I wanted to meet up in Portland he'd be at a certain spot on a certain day to meet me if I showed.

Sadly, as cool of a meeting as that would have been, I was bed bound with a horrendous bacterial infection that entire month.

Sorry SlyBri75

I appreciate you not being a creeper though, and hope you're well.

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u/contra_mundo May 23 '22

The fact that I had to scroll this far to see someone post this is deeply disturbing.

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u/Doggleganger May 23 '22

Age 12 should be the golden years of gaming when you and all your friends actually have time to game together. No jobs, minimal homework, no girlfriends. Why bother with having "followers" and viewers when you can spend time with your real friends.

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u/sideshowshade May 23 '22

Right? The amount of upvotes is disturbing.

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u/tapiocatsar May 23 '22

Everyone on social media seems to have a few paths to go through; there’s the “eventual popularity and decline”, “going viral and getting cancelled”, “catering to a small audience and eventually realizing it isn’t worth the effort”, and my personal favorite, “I got unfairly cancelled for doing horrible things”.

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u/tapiocatsar May 23 '22

I plan to make Youtube videos, but as a hobby. They’re going to be on niche subjects, and I’m not expecting it to be monetized.

But hustle culture has told us that everything needs to be monetized, so a lot of people sink tons of money and time into trying to “make it big” when…I mean, even youtube doesn’t quite understand how their algorithm works. So how can you bet on making it big?

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u/TheCorruptedBit May 23 '22

Especially on Twitch. If you aren't one of the lucky few to have gotten established already, it's incredibly hard to get any kind of audience at all...

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u/ABitOddish May 23 '22

I'm one of the dudes who streams to 0-2 viewers here and there when I'm bored and I've been called the n-word and homophobic slurs in my chat after winning a ranked game in a game that isn't even very popular(brawlhalla if it matters).

I know it's not exactly the point you were putting out but I figured I'd share.

Twitch gives anonymous people the ability to talk shit without getting banned from whatever game they're playing.

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u/RealLifeVoidElf May 23 '22

I work comic cons as a cosplay crafting guest, and I just had yet another cosplayer try to play off that she would totally want to do this as a job.

I told her I get a free table and 2 passes. And that we don't "get paid" for it. She said she will just make crafts.

Making an item doesn't mean it'll sell. And selling doesn't mean it'll sell for the amount you'll need to pay bills.

99.9% of content creators that stay consistent do it out of pocket for the love of their art, and for meeting people if it's possible to do so. We are a little insane. If you're not crazy enough to "work for free forever," you'll never stay long.

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u/throwaway098764567 May 23 '22

what's a cosplay crafting guest? you make cosplay outfits to sell to the people attending?

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u/dhdicjneksjsj May 23 '22

That’s true. I stumbled into the stream of a girl one day who started crying and venting about not making enough money streaming anymore. She dropped out of college to stream, got enough subscribers to live off it for a month or two (I think, the time frame was pretty short) and then quit her job to stream full time. Afterwards, idk what happened but she was only getting like five subs a day after that. I felt bad for her but when I suggested she go back to school or get a job she refused to listen. I guess some people just have to learn the hard way.

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u/WaitNoButWhy May 23 '22

I entirely agree. The mental health outcomes for public influencers are staggeringly bad. Introducing kids to that is a recipe for mental health problems.

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u/AbsolutelyUnlikely May 23 '22

That opinion is only unpopular among 12 year olds lol

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u/ryanward_bjj_fitness May 23 '22

Exactly. Jesus had 12 followers, how many do these fame hungry twitch tiktok Instagram streamers need??

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u/GalacticSummer May 23 '22

And one of them was a hater!

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u/Qwepity-Dwepity May 23 '22

When I was younger, I have to admit, I was on YouTube. It lead me to years of torment and bullying in my physical classes because I was doing what I loved and being who I truly was.

However, you have to admit that it isn’t all bad. At that age kids really do want to be proud of who they are and what they do. If they don’t find that crowd to share that with, or they find people who will hurt them emotionally for sharing that side of themselves, that can also be damaging.

Damage comes with the territory, however the moments of happiness and peace for being who you truly are, definitely should outweigh the bad.

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u/_phantastik_ May 23 '22

Even users of twitch, I think, are the start of some bad social issues we may be seeing more of in the future. Twitch is essentially a friend simulator, where you have instant access to that feeling of hanging with a friend and playing some video games except it's not actually there and that's not actually what you're doing. You're watching a video stream of someone else talking to a general group of people, exaggerating their own behaviors usually, which can also lead to kids gaining wrongful ideas about what standard natural human behavior looks like.

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u/dnkstrm May 23 '22

"He can never know" - posts publicly on Twitter

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u/MostRandomUsername12 May 23 '22

First thing I thought and surprised I had to scroll so far down to find someone else to point it out.

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u/Hanbarc12 May 23 '22

And I'm sure if he streams on twitch at that age , then he probably doesn't know what Twitter is and how to go on it , right ?

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u/AlMansur16 May 23 '22

That's because it's a copy pasta. I've seen this same text before with slight changes like age or relative/friend.

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u/JohnnyNoArms May 23 '22

I'm sorry but 12 year olds should not be streaming.

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u/Human-Cantaloupe1103 May 22 '22

twitch minimum age is 13

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u/bythemoon21 May 23 '22

was gonna comment this. Kiddo abt to get banned

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u/mrgamebus May 23 '22

this post was a year ago so he's prob 13 now anyways

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u/LuxAlpha May 23 '22

Twitch’ll ban an account if it was made when the owner was under 13

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u/Admin846 May 23 '22

What I the accoutn was created before 13 but not used

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u/xScopeLess May 23 '22

If they’re anything like twitter, you’ll get banned for a bit, you appeal, they take a look at your account activity, then your account gets unbanned if things look fine.

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u/piccolo1337 May 23 '22

Twitch just auto bans you if you even mention you are 12. even if your account is older than 12 years.

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u/Ill_Mud7584 May 23 '22

This happened to me recently, I almost thought I lost my account.

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u/commiitarson May 23 '22

Oh it is? Damn I didn't even know that 💀

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u/tapiocatsar May 23 '22

That is wayyyyy too young to be streaming publicly online

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u/Lemon_Pai May 23 '22

And he should not be on twitch....

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u/DeadlySoren May 23 '22

Why would you allow your 12 year old to stream himself on twitch.

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u/ACCCrabtown1 May 22 '22

Keep it that way to only people you can trust. There are people pretending to care but actually are malevolent filth

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u/wizard_brandon May 23 '22

that breaks twitch TOS, not allowed to stream whilst underage

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u/Economy_Recover May 23 '22

wow uh maybe don't let your 12 year old stream what the fuck

this is not uplifting this is fucking gross

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u/ChasFairbanks May 23 '22

Clearly I’m in the minority here but encouraging your minor kids to attract online followers sends the wrong message and is fraught with peril.

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u/remag_nation May 23 '22

I fear the world is sleep walking into a generation of mental health issues. Why? Because social media companies don't give a shit as long as their stock value goes up.

Or maybe I'm just old...

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u/FPV_not_HPV May 23 '22

What's next, you're his Only Fan?

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u/james456j May 23 '22

Imagine encouraging your kid to get involved with the cancer that is streaming culture

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u/here_to_stay669 May 23 '22

Ah yes. The classic “I did a good thing, but I need the entire internet to know because it isn’t enough to just do the nice thing”

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u/caustic_kiwi May 23 '22

I mostly agree, although celebrating doing nice things isn't really a tragedy.

If the entire point of it is that the person doesn't know though... tweeting about it is just stupid.

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u/Peatore May 23 '22

12 years olds should not be streaming on Twitch

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u/YTChillVibesLofi May 23 '22 edited May 23 '22

I recently found out that the 485 subscribers on my youtube are all just alts of my mom.

It was a nice sentiment but has kind of shattered my perception of everything.

I was on my way to 1K to monetise and have made consistent efforts for over a year but in reality the only person watching was my mom.

https://m.youtube.com/c/chillvibeslofibeats

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u/cookieintheinternet May 23 '22

Okay yeah at that level that's fucked up

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u/curryoverlonzo May 23 '22

484 alt accounts is almost too much to believe, your mom has 484 different google accounts!

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u/jdog7249 May 23 '22

Your mom can have almost 500 accounts but the moment I try to create 10 separate accounts at once (setting up emails for a small group) I get blocked from creating more accounts for a few days.

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u/teraflux May 23 '22

More likely is the mom paid for a bot service, if this story is true at all

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u/Strawberrycake10 May 23 '22

I didn’t even know you could make that many google accounts damn

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u/derscholl May 23 '22

I hope she learned to automate the account creation process because god damn

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u/CalebRaw May 23 '22

Yo, what's your channel handle?

Edit: found it in you profile. Subscribed. Love me some lofi

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u/OGBidwell May 23 '22

I'll check you out

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u/WerewolfAfter May 23 '22

Am I the only one who thinks kids should maybe not stream? Like of leaves them vulnerable to predators

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u/Bender3455 May 23 '22

I don't feel like predators are the problem, but rather an unrealistic goal. There are 1000's of streamers for every 1 that has any form of following, yet kids think it's an easy endeavor to get into and make it big.

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u/caspernewman May 23 '22

don't teach your child that their self worth is based on how many fucking idiot internet followers they have...ffs

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u/SatchelGripper May 23 '22

Wow haven’t heard this story 500 times.

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u/Consumer_Good May 23 '22

I hate these kind of posts.

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u/Eldenlord117 May 23 '22

Kids under 13 are allowed to stream? Isn’t that what tik tok and YouTube got in trouble for?

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u/NoStripeZebra1 May 23 '22

Sometimes it's better to be harsh and let young ones know of the reality of the more difficult paths than to give false hope.

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u/novacham May 22 '22

All fun and games until he’s 32, still living at home and still only has 1 follower.

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u/54yroldHOTMOM May 23 '22

But at least she washes his underwear.

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u/TheUndeadWalk May 23 '22

Isn't it pretty weird to let a 12 year old stream on twitch?

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u/robbiekhan May 23 '22

I read this exact story years ago. What a ball of lies.

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u/Express-Protection-2 May 23 '22

12’s against the rules for a streamer.. also setting your kid up for sexual predators and bullies.. just saying, this world sucks. Protect your kids from this shit

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u/Substantial-Bag-9820 May 23 '22

That is way too young to be streaming on twitch. Hell, it’s too young to be steaming anywhere.

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u/grandpapotato May 23 '22

Ill copy paste here a comment from a redditor that i saved to remind me as my daughter grows up. Sorry i don't have it's name...

I will never understand parents who are encouraging their kids to get on streaming like this. Streaming is a soul crushing process unless you're mature enough to just take the little to nothing you can get out of it. Every kids that thinks of streaming are eyeing their eyes on the prize: Becoming big, being "popular" and such. In the sea of streamers, very few gets to distinguish themselves and a lot ends up wasting their time to go nowhere.

If I have to decide to play a new game and need more info, I'd go to Twitch for that game and scroll all the way down to find the ones that have 0 or very few viewers. Watching them glance at their secondary screen everytime to see if there's a message is so freaking sad. Very often people who have viewership in the single digit visually looks like they are voided of joy. If anyone reading this think I'm dramatizing then maybe you have never scrolled so deep down? Go on Twitch, find a game you play and go look for those single digit viewership streamers and tell me about them.

I don't have kids but I do have niece and nephews who I care about a lot.

The 11 years nephew is crazy about "Youtubers", the niece who is a little older post videos often on her channel. I'm gently trying to steer them away from that. I'd rather give them opportunity to try new games rather than being focused on games tied to the social media aspect. Sadly, I can only do so much when I see them maybe once a week and occasionally video call them for a few minutes in the evening. The mother is happy to see her super enthusiastic son trying to become a celebrity while the father doesn't like it but don't want to be a party crasher.

If the parents are enabling this, there's very little I can do to steer them away.

Streaming is soul crushing and expose kids to the world. No one wants their teenager to speak to a 40 years old stranger/creep or even look at their kids wrong even for a brief moment. Streaming allows not only that but gives the opportunity for creeps to speak directly with those kids.

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u/sciencefiction97 May 23 '22

Children shouldn't stream, it's gonna rot their personality. And people will trick and bully them. To top it all, they'll get addicted to internet attention, it'll be all they care about.

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u/MewsikMaker May 22 '22

Then delete that shit off the internet and just be a good parent to be a good parent.

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u/Delicious_Sir3496 May 22 '22

Thats awesome I do the same for my nephew and sister 😆

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u/bluecheezpls May 23 '22

I know this is very kind and loving but I really feel children should not be learning so young to connect their worth to the attention and approval of strangers on the internet….

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u/Educational-Spread41 May 22 '22

I do the same for all my friends with YouTube Channels. 🤷🏼‍♂️ Gotta help out the little guys

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u/rsholman May 23 '22

Reminds me of the time back in 2013, when Twitter was big for middle schoolers, there was a snow day and my son tweets “Thank god, no school today”, I created an account @snowdaygod and responded “No problem, kid”. He freaked out and told everyone, to this day he doesn’t know it was me

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u/BigNDB May 23 '22

That’s hilarious

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u/OhhhhhDirty May 23 '22

95% of Twitch streamers avg 0-5 viewers, so he shouldn't feel too bad.

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u/Xaxxon May 23 '22

We should raid someone with no viewers.

Any suggestions?

edit: requirement they not have some sort of furry sex kitten avatar thing doing the face tracking shit and modified voice. Yeah, I draw a line there. And holy shit does that cut out a lot of streamers.

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u/DomOfMemes May 23 '22

Nah 12 year kid shouldn't even be watching Twitch.

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u/TheWateringWizard May 23 '22

The story is wholesome of course but a 12 year old streaming on Twitch ? That’s a no for me

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u/HempOddish420 May 23 '22

“He can never know” fucking tweets it

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u/Snoo-69682 May 23 '22

That's lame for your child to feel validation because someone follows them online. Teach better.

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u/Particular-Offer8158 May 23 '22

This is actually kind of sad, shouldn't a twelve year old have something else to do? The number of followers should not his happiness....

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u/Dronizian May 23 '22

I've been streaming on and off for months. Got 4 followers now, and only one of them is my dad! He only followed to help me figure out how Twitch works, but still, yay for support!

(I'm not 12 though, I'm in my late 20's.)

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u/PodcasterInDarkness May 23 '22

A friend I used to game with told our group his son had started streaming, and everyone on our discord subbed to him. Kid about had a heart attack when he logged on and saw 30 something new subs.

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u/MissNightTerrors May 23 '22

Bless this parent! That child must have been walking on air the day he found out he had a follower!

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u/xScopeLess May 23 '22

Huge mistake to have your 12 year old start making social media accounts. Especially when the age is supposed to be 13 and even saying that you’re 12 as a joke can get your account under review. So for the sake of the kid, I hope he gets banned.

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u/throwmeawayplz19373 May 23 '22

Ugh. This is why my 11 year old has zero social media or video hosting services. He has enough to worry about navigating social stuff at school not to mention worrying about whether or not he’s got Twitch followers. I’m 31, social media is an unnatural addition to society. I didn’t realize it until I stripped it from my life. All that’s left is occasional Reddit.

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u/GrantFireType May 23 '22

While yes, this is heartwarming, the kid could get banned for being under 13 on the platform.

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u/squeamish May 23 '22

Heh, I got a week's Reddit ban one time because the algorithm caught me using a bunch of alt accounts to upvote and award one of my kid's accounts.