YouTube is not just another social media site, it is quickly becoming one of the most popular platforms for entertainment and media available. On average teenagers spend around 31 hours out of their week online, and there is a good chance that a large portion of that is spent logged in to YouTube. YouTube plays host to many different types of videos and user channels. Whether you like sports, makeup, fashion, reality programs, comedy, etc., there is a ‘guru’, channel and video perfect for you.
With more video content being uploaded to the site in one month than all three of the major US television networks have created in 60 years, the choices of what and who to watch are almost endless. Making monitoring what your kids are watching a difficult task. In this article I will be providing backgrounds and age recommendations for several popular YouTube users in a multitude of categories.
http://www.youtube.com/JennaMarbles: JennaMarbles posts a new video every Wednesday. Her channel contains some mature content, with almost every video including explicit language. Jenna’s videos are hilarious, but are probably a better content choice for an older audience. I don’t recommend her channel for younger viewers. *17+
http://www.youtube.com/ShaneDawsonTV: Shane Dawson is one of the most subscribed-to users of all time. He hosts a comedy channel with over 2.9 million subscribers, uploading new videos to his main channel every Saturday. His videos often contain explicit language and content better suited for older viewers. *17+
http://www.youtube.com/MrarturoTrejo: MrArturoTrejo’s channel is filled with comedy videos featuring himself, his wife ‘Nancy’ and son ‘Jose Luis’. A new video is posted every Thursday and with his dry and sarcastic sense of humor, Arturo always delivers a good laugh or two. *Family Friendly– but some of the humor might be appreciated more by an older audience)
http://www.youtube.com/edbassmaster: Famous for his ‘just look at that’ videos, Edbassmaster is a popular YouTube comedian, ranking #34 in the most viewed of all time category of YouTube. Most videos are mild in content and parents of teens don’t have much to worry about. *10+ give or take depending on the video
‘Vloggers’: (the YouTube equivalent of reality TV)
http://www.youtube.com/SHAYTARDS: The SHAYTARDS (name derived from Shay’s love of unitards) are a family of six who live in Venice, California and ‘vlog’ their everyday life. The vlogs originally started in Pocatello, Idaho where Shay worked installing granite countertops, radio DJ-ing, and a plethora of other jobs before he found he became one of the original founders of a new internet production company called ‘Makers Studios’. They put out a new video everyday of the week and most all of the videos are *family friendly, very rarely there may be a clip of the tooth fairy delivering money or mild language here and there. I recommend you watching the daily vlog beforehand if this is a concern.
http://www.youtube.com/CTFxC: Newlyweds Charlie and Ally make up the CTFxC channel. Charles is the temporary Bass player in the band We The Kings. CTFxC has vlogged everything from their wedding, to Charles’ experiences being on tour with ‘We The Kings’ and even his recent brain surgery he had to remove a benign tumor. With over 600,000 subscribers to their channel they are certainly popular YouTubers with a steady following. *13+
Beauty, Fashion, DIY
Most all beauty and fashion channels are considered mild in content and are acceptable for most age groups. Below are links to several popular Beauty, Makeup and Fashion ‘gurus’ to get an idea of what exactly it is they do.
http://www.youtube.com/KandeeJohnson (Makeup & Beauty)
http://www.youtube.com/MakeupByTiffanyD (Makeup & Beauty)
http://www.youtube.com/missglamorazzi (Makeup & Beauty)
http://www.youtube.com/emilynoel83 (Makeup & Beauty)
http://www.youtube.com/SecretLifeOfAaBioNerd (Fashion & D.I.Y.)
http://www.youtube.com/ThreadBanger (Fashion & D.I.Y.)
http://www.youtube.com/TheMomsView: TheMomsView is a ‘hub’ channel for several different leading ladies on YouTube; Katilette, CarlieStylez, HeyKayli, Miya, BellaMishella and LisaNova. Though it is called “TheMomsView” the majority of viewers are not only parents. YouTube demographics show that TheMomsView videos are also popular with female viewers in the age range of 13-17. *13+
http://www.youtube.com/MysteryGuitarMan: With well over 2.1 million subscribers MysteryGuitarMan ranks as the 15th most subscribed-to user of all time. His videos are a lot of fun to watch and always have immaculate editing. *family friendly
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96675BDF95286773&feature=plcp: Epic Rap Battles of History is a popular video series with every video reaching at least 8 million viewss. ‘Epic Rap Battles of History’ are pretty much that, rap battles between historical figures in history. The raps are sometimes mature in content, with language and innuendo. If this worries you I recommend pre-screening the videos before allowing your teens/tweens to watch them. *14+
Remember to keep in mind channels are always evolving and new content is constantly being uploaded. Parents should use their instincts and discretion in monitoring and deciding what your kids watch online.
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