Depends on whether you trust your kids. I personally (I'm almost 15) are pretty much given full freedom online because my parents trust me (and they, my dad at least, are the overprotective type). I admit that there are some videos I watch on YouTube that my dad would disapprove of because of swearing or small sexual references, but I personally wouldn't watch anything inappropriate. However, you can watch inappropriate things if you want to. Theres lots of good on YouTube, but also lots of bad. Therefore, I'd only let your kids on if you trust them, and supervise what they're doing.
I like YouTube very much and there is no porn really on it. The comment feature for the videos have some vulgar things on it but nothing is too bad. Moderators will remove anything that is really bad but keep eyes out on kids for things that you think they should not see. Advertisements are everywhere and might be an issue with young children clicking on random Ads. I can find quite a few of educational videos so it is really nice for kids. Just be sure to check history ever once in a while to make sure when you are a way, they do not anything out of hand. It is like a TV, bad things, good things, funny things, educational things, and things for the parents!
I myself surf youtube occasionally and I have noticed that young children ages 6-10 occasionally frequent this site. I am appalled that their parents would let them. I do agree that the site features a lot of interesting, cute and funny videos- but unfortunately for every such video there are two (or more) inappropriate ones. Many of the inappropriate videos can be viewed by everyone, not just by people over the age of 18. I do realise that once they are teenagers I can hardly keep them from using the site- but for now it's no youtube for them.
When one of my kids uploads a video, I tell him not to put his face in a video. He has started a cartoon series based off two Indiana Jones characters, and it is actually pretty funny! There is violence in the cartoons, but so far I haven't seen any blood.....
It's YouTube; the options are endless. If you have kids under 17, and even OVER 17, this site needs to be SUPERVISED. Watch your kids while on it, otherwise block it. There is way too much provocative and dirty material to stumble across.
I have had an account for a year, and have watched videos on youtube the year or two before too. While I love the site for watching and sharing videos, there are some issues with the user generated content. There is a lot of copyright infringment. Also, I'm sure I'm not the only one who has accidentally stumbled on completely inappropriate content (including gory animation and porn). Pornographic video does usually get caught and removed, but violent content is a lot easier to find :( There is also sometimes hate speech in the video comments for popular videos; there are even some user channels that have hate speech on their profiles.
But one who uses the site wisely, doesn't submit content that identifies their street address or stuff like that, doesn't watch the inappropriate videos on the site, will get a lot out of Youtube. There are many technical glitches which bug the heck out of many regular users, but that is a minor drawback.
YouTube is just too open for so many things. I think that only mature teens who know their boundaries and will not cross them should really be allowed on YouTube alone. With a parent monitoring, I think it's a good site with kids of any age.
good for practially any age. parents might want to monitor what kids under 10 watch
probably the best thing since slice bread (haha, making fun of my dad there) :) well youtube is really good. there is sooo much stuff on there; music, comedy, tutorials, vlogs. its a really great thing. i LOVE it! and there are some videos that cant be seen unless your 18+ so your kids wont be exposed to anything that isnt talked about at their school
Has a lot of mixed content and not enough parental control in place yet. However their appears to be growing efforts being put into place for controlling inappropriate content.
Some good videos that can help educate and entertain.
Many many inappropriate videos.
Nearly all videos have a comment section filled with way too many profanities and other obscene content on nearly all videos.
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