Disabilities

Why YouTube Should Reconsider Their Recent Decision to Disable SBSK’s comments

I want to address an issue that’s been going on with one of my favourite YouTube channels, Special Books by Special Kids (more commonly known as SBSK). SBSK is a channel that interviews kids and adults from across the world living with all different kinds of disabilities, mental illnesses and other health issues. I highly recommend watching them. It is a great source for education and inspiration.

Recently, YouTube disabled comments on every video on their channels.

This is part of YouTube’s new initiative to protect minors on YouTube, which I understand and agree with. However, I do have a few problems with this particular decision.

First, half of the videos on SBSK’S channel does not feature minors and the comments are disabled on those too.

Second, there are channels that feature minors that haven’t had their comments disabled, which isn’t fair.

If YouTube initiates a rule, then that’s fine, but that rule should apply to all. They can’t just pick and choose. The channels that are keeping their comments are big brand channels, like TLC’s Toddlers and Tiaras and Disney.

If anything, Toddlers and Tiaras shouldn’t have their comments on for obvious reasons, and SBSK should because their content and comments is very positive and encouraging. I have never seen a negative comment on their videos neither as anyone else.

Either YouTube is very confused or it’s not really about kids, but the money. If it’s about the money, which I’m thinking it is or at least mostly, of course they’re not going disable comments for big brand channels.

Lastly, and most importantly, the comments on SBSK’s videos are a very important part of their channel and community. Because it is a way for the individuals to receive love and acceptance, especially when they are judged or not accepted by those they meet in person. The comment section on this channel is always filled with nothing but love. This particular channel’s comment sections are not just for general, basic comments, but these comments change lives.

I know firsthand what it’s like to be/feel judged or not accepted, but when I receive love and acceptance, the negatives doesn’t matter to me anymore.

I love SBSK. As a person with a disability and mental health issues, as well as an advocate for those, I appreciate everything the owners of SBSK does. Not only for me, not only for others with a disability, but for the general public. For the general public because SBSK’s videos and comment sections, has the ability to educate them and make them better people.

To the people at YouTube, please make an effort, personally look into this channel (not your bots), and reconsider.

To my readers, please consider signing this petition to help SBSK get their comments back.

To Chris and Alyssa, the owners of SBSK, thank you for everything you do. Also, if you’re ever in Canada, I would love to be in one of your videos. It’s actually one of the things on my dream list/bucket list.

For more information about this situation, watch these two videos by SBSK below:

Jessica Victoria
<p>Jessica Victoria, 24, is a writer and advocate for mental health, disability and LGBTQ+. She uses her personal experiences and knowledge to help and educate others.</p>

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