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Is it wrong to have your own YouTube channel?

Determining whether something is right or wrong requires sincere admission as to its real purpose. You must weigh the pros and cons and consider if this kind of social media is helpful or harmful. YouTube is a powerful form of communication appealing to the visual as well as the auditory senses. What is the message you want to send? Who is your audience? What is the purpose? St. Paul responds to your question very clearly: "All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify" (1 Corinthians 10:23).

Thus, if you can respond that what you are doing is helpful and edifying, then you are on the right track. Next question is pertaining to your age. Are you an adult or a minor? In this situation, you must ask for the advice of your spiritual father, family, and friends. Because they know you best, their advice will be more direct and will take matters pertaining to you personally into account. For example, do you generally dress modestly? Even if your message is simple and good, if you dress inappropriately, this in itself may send the wrong message to many viewers—most whom you really do not know. Those closest to you may also identify any risks or factors that may jeopardize your safety or the safety of your family? Can a total stranger view your YouTube channel and stalk you? Think, seek advice of trusted people, and pray for wisdom.

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