Abuse case shows few rules protect kids in online videos

PHOENIX — Family video blogs are now a multimillion-dollar industry, but few regulations are in place to protect children who star in them.Concerns about the lack of legal protections for kids who appear in money-making videos come amid a child abuse case in Arizona.A mother was indicted Tuesday on charges of abusing her children who had starred in a popular series of YouTube videos, including punishing them if they performed poorly during filming.Experts say starring in online videos can be confusing for kids and no federal law protects them.But many parents say it’s a dream to make a living off sharing their family’s everyday lives. They say they get to spend valuable time with their kids and start college and retirement funds for them.Astrid Galvan, The Associated Press

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