Vloggers in the making: Tubers Academy in Exeter
The Tubers Academy in Exeter is essentially a place to create video, to learn, collaborate and have fun creating video. Whether your child is wanting to be a YouTuber i.e. - ‘the star of the show’ or likes the idea of being behind the scenes where they learn production techniques, editing and motion graphics.
First impressions are you can’t walk straight in. I liked that. While not so much a day out with kids, more a morning, this new academy has plans to run holiday clubs for those not wanting to sign up to the term time academy programme (i’ll get to that in a minute) and while the mini club sessions require an adult to stay the older kids sessions are ones where you can drop and run. So having a locked door, where kids can’t come and go as they please sets the safety bar high, like I said. I like that! I try to keep on top of online safety with my kids, my youngest only uses a Kids YouTube app so there’s no danger of him stumbling on anything dodgy and I have parental controls set up on on our home wifi but by educating children on being safe online themselves is by far the best way forward!
Tubers is a new set up and sessions are changing constantly so it’s always worth checking out the website to see what’s on. For now though you can sign up for one of their mini tubers sessions which run on a Saturday morning for ages 7 - 10 year olds. Mini Tubers is less structured than the sessions which cater for 11-18yr old and is more play based. So it really is fun for everyone (even if you're not that tech-savvy).
This is a place where you can embrace the modern technological world in which we’re evolving into and as a parent, grandparent or guardian you can get a great insight into a world which may or may not be a little vague and scary. I spoke to the founder, Nick, who explained that as well as having fun, learning all the technicalities of creating YouTube videos, they teach the kids about staying safe online and all staff have been DBS (police checked) as well as having thorough safeguarding policies in place.
I was really impressed with the set up to say the least, from a parents perspective it’s modern, clean and safe. All the studios have windows so you can see whats going on at all times and my teenager thought it was pretty awesome. The gaming room raised a smile (I checked, only age appropriate games are allowed even if the kids protest that they can play it at home! I think what really appealed, though, was the virtual reality room which raised a smile from me as I watched my son swiping at thin air.
Funny how the simple silly things make for a good day out! And, if it's something different and high-tech you're looking for, Tubers Academy could be your next best day out!