Jalayah uses YouTube videos to get kids reading
Cherisse L Berkeley
Social media influencers can be kids too! This is the message that six-year-old Jalayah George wants to share with children around the world.
Jalayah, a pupil of Bishop Anstey Junior School is in prepa-deux (second year). She lives in Petit Valley with her mother, father, brother and sister. She is the eldest of her parents’ three children. She is looking forward to celebrating her seventh birthday in November.
Jalayah started making YouTube videos earlier this year where she reads and shares educational adventures and activities with her viewers and subscribers. Jalayah has six videos and is working on more with her parents. She has 128 YouTube subscribers and over 200 Facebook followers.
She said, “My dad Jovon helps me do the recording and editing and my mom Juliana helps me practice.”
Jalayah has been reading fluently since the age of three after attending Precious Little Angels Preschool. Her favorite book is Ella’s Ever Glowing Light by local author Monique Des Vignes. Des Vignes gifted the book to Jalayah to use on her YouTube channel.
At school, she said, “My favorite subject is art because I can create new things, but I like all the subjects at school.”
When Newsday Kids asked Jalayah why she started making videos, she replied, “I started making videos because some kids are out of school but their parents still want them to learn.
“What really made me want to create a YouTube channel was that I saw a lot of people on YouTube and I wanted to have a YouTube channel too!”
She said her videos are for kids of all ages who want to learn.
Jalayah will soon be adding educational adventures to its slate of videos starting with a visit out of space and a visit to the past. She said, “I don’t know what other adventures I will do, but I will do a lot.”
The adventures will be based on stories from books in his growing library.
When asked what advice she would give to people looking to start a YouTube channel, she replied, “I would tell others that they can do whatever they want in their YouTube videos and that can involve your little brother or your little sister, or even your mom or your dad.”
When Jalayah isn’t doing her school homework, working on her videos, or helping around the house, she plays with her brother Jahdai and sister Jahira. She said, “We play games like chat or games with our phones on TV.”
Jalayah can’t wait to go to her school for the first time in April and can’t wait for her younger brother to join her.
“I can’t wait to make lots of new friends!”
When asked if she would share her videos with her new friends, she replied, “Maybe not at first because I’m shy. I’m shy because they might share my videos and then other people could share them too and I would become too famous.”
When asked if she didn’t want to be famous, she replied, “I want to be famous, but having a YouTube channel isn’t about being famous, it’s about making sure people get an education. .”