Before the modern Internet and social media era, child stars were the kids we saw on America's Funniest Home Videos, or in some of our most beloved movies, like Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone, or Corey Feldman in The Goonies. Michael Jackson was a star before the age of 10 thanks to the Jackson 5. Yet, these kids were always few and far between, and they truly had to be outliers to stand out from other adult stars, let alone other children.
Fast forward to today: social media and the Internet is ruled by viral content—it's a digital gold mine. People now, more than ever, are looking out for the next child star, whether it be a kid they catch being funny or doing something "cute," which will pull on everyone's heartstrings and get thousands of likes/revines/retweets/shares or anything, as long as it's attention. It's a machine, and the Internet is only greasing the wheels. Here are 7 Ways The Internet Has Created More Child Stars Than Ever.