10 YouTube Stars Your Kids Love

With everything from silly skits to makeup tips, YouTube stars appeal to kids and teens with frank talk, off-the-wall scenarios, and even some deep thoughts. By Caroline Knorr
10 YouTube Stars Your Kids Love

You'll be forgiven if you think Smosh sounds like something you do to a bug and PewDiePie is a new kind of dessert. These -- and lots of other names you've probably never heard of -- are some of the hottest celebs in the entertainment industry. But you won't find them on TV or in the movies. They're the stars of YouTube, and with every video they upload -- in formats as wide-ranging as musical performances, skits, personal confessions, advice, and philosophical monologues on the state of the Internet -- they're attracting kids and teens like crazy.

Until YouTube's app for kids catches on, the original YouTube is still a major draw for kids. YouTube personalities become popular because they speak directly to their fans, with no network oversight, no whitewashing of their language, and no fancy production. They say what they want. They're real. But given that these folks are making big bucks off their YouTube channels -- and making a huge impression on kids -- it's important that parents get clued in to who they are.

If your kids are interested in specific topics (guitar, Minecraft, astronomy, current events, and so on), they're sure to find YouTubers whose videos focus narrowly on those subjects. This roundup is an overview of some of YouTube's most popular general-interest personalities (with a few exceptions of extremely popular category-specific stars who've attracted crossover fans).


Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg
Channel: PewDiePie
Subscribers: Over 30 million
The basics: PewDiePie rhymes with "cutiepie" (he also goes by "Pewds").
The shtick: What this Swedish YouTube star does -- real-time game commentary -- sounds ridiculous to most parents, but he has more followers than Rihanna. His narration of on-screen action, prolific posting, and colorful remarks (mainly about horror video games) consistently pull in the biggest audiences on YouTube. The star came under fire in 2017 for posting anti-Semitic videos and imagery, and his Disney-owned studio dropped him.
Red flags? Graphic imagery and strong language are the chief concerns. PewDiePie certainly rides the edge, but he's not mean-spirited (except to his opponents). Humor is the goal, not shock and awe.
Don't miss: PewDiePie is a huge supporter of the Save the Children charity and has galvanized his "bros" to raise money and awareness for the campaign.

Ian Andrew Hecox and Anthony Padilla
Channel
: Smosh
Subscribers: Over 18 million
The basics: Silly skits, funny songs, crazy costumes, cute haircuts, and loads of charm.
The shtick: Their grab bag of scripted scenes, improvisation, and just themselves accepting wacky challenges have propelled the twentysomething comedy duo to Internet fame and, yes, fortune
Red flags? Smosh is unpredictable and not above bathroom humor, but swear words are bleeped out. The comedy isn't necessarily highbrow, but it's mostly harmless.
Don't miss: The "Parents Suck" video about kids escaping their parents' rules is really about how important parents are.

Ryan Higa
Channel
: NigaHiga
Subscribers: Over 12 million
The basics: Bright, telegenic native Hawaiian famous for his "off the pill" rants, which he claims are the result of not taking his medication.
The shtick: Higa loves creating parodies of movies, ads, and songs, and he has a strong bent for personal confession and articulate -- although one-sided -- tirades on ethical or topical subjects that he performs facing the camera. His video technique is a cut above the usual YouTube fare.
Red flags? Higa enjoys ranting -- but the tone is more faux outrage than real anger, and his goal is often to point out hypocrisy.
Don't miss: Higa's "Draw My Life" video is unexpectedly poignant, describing how he overcame feelings of inadequacy and getting bullied.

Bethany Mota
Channel
: Bethany Mota (formerly Macbarbie07)
Subscribers: Over 7 million
The basics: Teenage pioneer of "haul" videos -- basically shopping and describing what she's bought.
The shtick: Fashion, beauty, shopping, and DIY tips all wrapped up in a bubbly voiced, fresh-faced, and charmingly self-deprecating package. Mota, who won a 2014 Teen Choice Award, typically broadcasts from her bedroom, which, with its abundant-seeming sunshine, colorful accessories, and strings of pink hearts, is a teenage dream. She makes personal appearances and calls her fans "Mota-vators."
Red flags? Mota is squeaky-clean, but she does shill for her line of Aeropostale clothing and accessories, so expect trips to the mall if your kids are fans.
Don't missMota will be appearing on Season 19 of Dancing with the Stars.
 

Shane Dawson
Channel
: Shane DawsonTV
Subscribers: Over 6 million          
The basics: Blond-haired, blue-eyed Californian with a sad past (abusive father, bullying victim) will pretty much do anything for a laugh.
The shtick: Colorful characters, outrageous songs, edgy videos, and funny first-person vlogs make this ubiquitous YouTuber (he frequently appears on others' YouTube channels) known for fearless comedy a big hit with teens. Dawson clearly has ambition beyond YouTube, and his racy-looking feature-length movie Not Cool is releasing online in September 2014.
Red flags? Language (he recorded a song called "F--k Up") and drug and sex references are staples of his work.
Don't miss: Though he likes to be outrageous, he also raises money for anti-cyberbullying efforts.

Tyler Oakley
Channel
: Tyler Oakley
Subscribers: Over 5 million
The basics: Out-and-proud advocate for the Trevor Project and winner of two 2014 Teen Choice awards has a strong social media presence across the Web.
The shtick: With his vertical, colorfully dyed hair and black-framed glasses, Oakley gives off the sensible-yet-caring persona of the cool college resident advisor he once was. His lively, humorous videos typically feature special guests (mostly his friends or other YouTubers) and have a self-described "fangirl" vibe -- his review of the Kim Kardashian: Hollywood app was, at one point, the most popular video on YouTube.
Red flags? Frequent f-bombs and blunt sex talk are peppered throughout many videos.
Don't miss: Oakley's "I Had a Vision of Love" video, which walks viewers through his life goals, can inspire kids who feel directionless.

Zoe Sugg
Channel
: Zoella
Subscribers: Over 5 million
The basics: Bubbly British vlogger whose comprehensive reviews of beauty products and hair and makeup tutorials have led to her renown as a lifestyle expert.
The shtick: With big blue eyes, loads of personality, and charming British-isms (she says "fringe" for "bangs"), Zoella has attracted a huge fan base of young girls -- and advertisers -- as much for her encyclopedic knowledge of beauty products as for her Mary Poppins-like homespun wisdom.
Red flags? The channel is unapologetically about the joys of shopping, and, consequently, Zoella has advertisers eating out of her hand.
Don't miss: Found footage of an amazingly prescient, pre-YouTube Zoella videotaping herself packing for a trip shows her fans that this vlogging stuff really wasn't a fluke.

Joey Graceffa
Channel
Joey Graceffa
Subscribers: Over 3.9 million
The basics: Aspiring actor who has vowed to post a YouTube video every day.
The shtick: Handsome, earnest, and funny, Graceffa is one of YouTube's first vloggers to hit the big time: He's appeared on two seasons of The Amazing Race. Most of his videos are straight-up vlogs -- just him talking and mugging at the camera -- but he also puts up highly produced content, including a Web series called Storytellers. The guy really gets around: He does guest appearances all over YouTube and usually adds a humorous -- if not particularly stimulating -- presence.
Red flags? Graceffa's content is pretty mild. In fact, much of it seems like its self-promotional stuff he can use for auditions.
Don't miss: In his "Draw My Life" video, Graceffa explains how he overcame obstacles such as an alcoholic mother, an absent father, and a learning disability.

Nash Grier
Channel
: Nash Grier
Subscribers: Over 3.5 million
The basics: Cute teen from North Carolina is cleaning up on YouTube, but he's killing it on Vine, with 9 million subscribers for his six-second vids. 
The shtick: Boy-next-door looks combined with wry observations of high school life make Nash's videos magnetic to teen girls. He often features his friends in his videos, making it look as though he's leading an average, everyday American life. He's a self-proclaimed God-fearing Christian.
Red flags? Nash has had to apologize for comments that were seen as racist, sexist, and homophobic.
Don't miss: Recently signed to YouTube's AwesomenessTV, you can expect bigger and better content from this self-made star -- and that includes sponsorship deals with premium advertisers.

Todrick Hall
Channel
: Todrick Hall
Subscribers: Over 1 million
The basics: A quadruple threat -- singer, dancer, actor, writer -- beloved as much for his outrageous skits as for his honest, straightforward vlogs. Also has a dyed-pink poodle.
The shtick: An irrepressible spirit, an irresistible smile, and undeniable talent have made Hall one of YouTube's biggest success stories. The former American Idol contestant's channel is heavy on the gay and racial humor. His infamous "Cinderfella" video featuring supermodel Janice Dickinson and former Nsync member Lance Bass was a pro-gay marriage extravaganza complete with a light-up stagecoach.
Red flags? Though not necessarily graphic, his videos alluding to sex ("Twerking in the Rain") and race ("Weavegirls") skew toward an older audience.
Don't miss: The guy can't be missed. He has an ad campaign for Target, which shows off his gift for lively improvisation, and a live road show, Twerk du Soleil, which may just come to a theater near you.

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Kid, 12 years old

Daniel Howell: 11-1/2 to 13+ used to & frequently says f-bomb, is getting slightly better on swearing, makes occasional sexual references, has a video where he says "i'm gonna go and masturbate," rarely but occasionally talks about p0rn, has a video titled "INNUENDO BINGO," used to do the "Sexy Endscreen Dance" AmazingPhil: 9 to 11+ Says "hell" and "damn" and "crap," says an occasional "A$$" or "-A$$" has said stuff like "it sounds like foxes are having sex outside" and "You don't wanna get herpes." and has posted a video titled "INNUENDO BINGO 2" which was like the title and inappropriate, is best friends and lives with Daniel Howell, but blurs out swearing worse than A$$, used to do "Draw Phil Naked" but was either blurred or covered up and they were cute little chibi/anime drawings most of the time
Kid, 12 years old

My fave YouTube star is mlpstopmotion, she is a British kid-friendly toy animator, and sends great messages to kids. I also like Rosanna Pansino, who bakes up delectable treats, and Noodlerella, who vlogs about her passions.
Teen, 14 years old written by jftd

Some are interest specific but these are the ones I watch: PG:The 8 Bit Guy (except his battery video), DIY Perks, WilluDesign (not his apartment videos), What's Inside, DSLRguide, ColinFurze's newer videos, Techmoan 12: The King of Random, ColinFurze (older videos), Jim Browning, Lewis's Tech, The backyard scientist, StyroPyro, JerryrigEverything, UAVfutures, GreatScott
Teen, 13 years old written by kkeeeaaaann

WHERE IS DAN AND PHIL?! WHERE ARE THEY? WHY DIDN'T YOU ADD THEM? MAYBE I JUST MISSED THEM, NOPE I DIDN'T
Teen, 14 years old written by teen_critic

I love IISuperwomanII. She is all for equality and loving yourself. She spreads great messages, such as how making others happy make yourself happy. Her language is fairly clean, and kids 12+ will relate and laugh at all of her videos.
Teen, 13 years old written by Morgan_Horse

G Rated: ehhh, Blippi? PG: Michelle Phan, Bethany Mota, TheFineBros, React, TEDtalks... MyLifeAsEva used to be PG. PG-13: MyLifeAsEva, JackSepticEye, BuzzfeedYellow, Matthias, Superwoman. TV-14: Markiplier, BuzzfeedVideo, BuzzfeedViolet, CinemaSins. R: BuzzfeedBlue and some of BuzzfeedVideo NC-17: NickiMinajVevo
Adult written by SayuriN

An excellent, if limited, article. The Youtubers listed are relevant, but they aren't the only ones, not by a long shot. Channels like Vlogbrothers, TheFineBros, Danisnotonfire,AmazingPhil, Troye Sivan, Paint and Superwoman are some of the most famous and influential content creators on the internet. To the parents reading this, I'd suggest keeping an open mind. You may not like some of the language in these videos, but here's the thing: people don't watch these videos just to hear foul language. They watch these people because they like their personalities and perspectives. So don't just stop your kid from watching these people because of the occasional f bomb. Watch a few more of their videos. You might be surprised by how intresting and inspirational these people can be.
Kid, 11 years old

aww! why aren't dan and phil on here?! tons of younger kids watch them. if you do want to know about what they do, here it is. dan howell, known as danisnotonfire on youtube and most social media platforms, is an english vlogger. his content is for more mature audiences because of his swearing and sometimes uses sexual language or talks about sexual themes. for him, i would think it's based on your maturity level, but that's probably just because i'm a younger viewer with his sense of humor. phil lester, known as amazingphil on youtube and most social media platforms, is also an english vlogger. his content is definitely less mature. he extremely rarely swears and doesn't ever talk about anything sexual, unless you consider his "draw phil naked" bits at the end sexual, though it covers up his private. he's definitely for younger viewers. they are both really funny, nerdy and appreciative. ~ in regards to this list, i mostly agree. i have watched all of these people at one point despite my age purely because i find them entertaining and find myself mature enough to watch them. i even have a brother two years younger than me watching smosh and pewds.
Parent written by Lokiphandom

Lol don't watch them atleast not Dan. He made a frickin video on psycho thoughts about things like "I have this knife right here,I could just kill this person. Right here,right now." He actually said he's a bad influence.
Kid, 12 years old

*scans list* Dan and Phil, Dan and Phil, Dan and Phil... WHERE ARE DAN AND PHIL?! Okay, calm down, I'm sure I just missed them... NOPE, they're definitely not there... WHY WOULD YOU SKIP PHAN?! WHY?? (I literally made an account just to comment this)
Teen, 13 years old written by coolcreativekid

PG rating: Bethany Mota (DUH!) Zoe Sugg Joey graceffa Ryan Higa ......PG-13 rating: Shane smosh pewdiepie Nash Grier Todrick Hall Tyler Oakley
Teen, 13 years old written by EmmyLou46

Although I feel like some kids shouldn't watch Youtube, I'm a hypocrite. I watch Tyler Oakley, Pewdiepie, Markiplier, Bethany Mota, Michelle Phan, Bubzbeauty, Zoella, ThatcherJoe, and much more! It's much better than TV today. I feel one day Youtube will be on TV!
Teen, 13 years old written by Morgan_Horse

For me it's Markiplier, Michelle Phan, MyLifeAsEva, Buzzfeed, JackSepticEye, and my own channel. I'm a hypocrite too.
Kid, 12 years old

I watch much youtube,and I am really into gamers.While I do enjoy Pewds, I watch him rarely,but I still think he is very talented.Markiplier is probably my favorite gamer,because he is the king at the whole Five Nights at Freddy's Series!!Also,another clean gamer is the oh so popular Stampy,but I do not watch him. Another great one is Peanut Butter Gamer.He has made me laugh so hard at times.For Comedy,I turn to Smosh and Ryan Higa. They rarely go over PG-13 stuff, and are good role models because they have many videos of them giving back to fans. For The film and Music lovers in the house, two great music channels are The Rock Critic and Todd in the Shadows. A great movie persona on YouTube is the Nostalgia Critic.Another one is Screen Junkies. They all swear from time to time,but you can overlook that with the hilarious criticisms. Finally,the last youtuber I like is the Fine Bros.They have the popular "React Series" on Youtube.Which has Kids,Teens,Elders,and even more youtubers reacting to games and videos. YouTube is a mixed bag,so if you stay safe then you are okay.
Teen, 13 years old written by Morgan_Horse

I rated Markiplier at TV-14 because PG-13 didn't cut it lol.. He can go overboard on the cursing, like the Ben and Ed videos.
Teen, 14 years old written by coolperson123

Honestly, I love so many. I'm going to talk about a few. First, there is danisnotonfire (Dan Howell). He is a bit mature because he swears a lot and can be a bit innapropriate. Ages 13+ for him. Then, Amazingphil. Phil is Dan Howell's (danisnotonfire) real- life best friend, and they share an apartment. Ages 10+ for Phil because he almost never swears. I love to show his videos to my ten year old sister. The only iffy thing is that at the end of his videos, he shows fan art of him naked. It's call "Draw Phil Naked," but its usually just in crayon or whatever and private areas are covered. Maybaby. She's clean and her videos are colorful and funny. 8+ for her. Milifeaseva. She's preeeety much clean except for some songs that she uses in her videos. Ages 9+ for Eva. Grav3yardgirl. Ages 9+ for her. She's so funny and she can be herself. My brother, sister and I all love her. The only red flag is that several years ago when she first began her channel she uploaded stories and experiences from ghost hunts and paranormal activity in her home. She stopped though, because she began to get anxiety and uncomfortable feelings from it. These are some of my favorite youtubers not on the list. Hope you check them out! They're for all ages :)
Kid, 12 years old

Regarding Phan (Dan and Phil): um 'best friend' I think you meant boyfriend #iwillgodownwiththisship
Teen, 13 years old written by amandafran

I also like ASAPscience and ASAPthought. They post a lot of wacky science Q's and A's and it's really fun to watch. They do make some references to adult content but overall I think this channel is great for tweens and teens!
Parent written by ginatrbo

Are you kidding? PewDiePie? We clicked on him and the first sentence was "I'm gonna f**in stab the b*tch" How is this kid appropriate? Diamond Minecart & Stampy are much more appropriate than PewDiePie.
Teen, 15 years old written by KirbyWarrior12

PewDiePie is more 13+ than for little kids. DanTDM and Stampy are recommended for under 13s, but depending on the maturity and intelligence of kids PewDiePie could also be ok.
Adult written by lettie

One huge oversight I'd say would be the vlogbrothers, John and Hank Green, who appeal to the nerdier counter-culture of youth. (You probably know John's book, or the movie subsequently based off the book, "The Fault in Our Stars", but that's no reason to write off Hank for being any less important than his older brother.) On their main channel, they're very clean, not swearing/bleeping out swears, as well as providing educational and entertaining content. Due to the smarter humor and some of the discussed topics, they probably appeal more to an older set, and there are certain things some may consider inappropriate that they talk about quite frankly. They also preside over a series of other channels such as CrashCourse and SciShow which have the sole objective of providing educational, entertaining content on topics such as world history, chemistry, and psychology. Hank is also the founder of the YouTube content creators convention VidCon, which you will inevitably hear about around June if your children are watching just about any youtuber. The Green brothers represent the gold standard of YouTube as far as educational content, as far as I'm concerned, but their viewership is a very specific demographic most children don't exactly fall into. Additionally, you'd probably need a whole other list for Minecraft video bloggers, which I know the 8-13 male demographic specifically enjoys (ie, CaptainSparklez), and you left out the pretty British vloggers that the 12-17 female demographic coos over (danisnotonfire, kickthepj, amazingphil, jacksgap). Regardless, YouTube is becoming a brilliant platform for some great content.
Teen, 13 years old written by bookandinterweblover

I can't believe some of the ones you missed! Rhett and Link are squeaky clean, and I thought the reason they didn't put Jenna Marbles in here is because of the explicit language, but they put Shane in. Jenna Marbles is amazing! The vlog brothers are pretty clean, and educational. Anna Akana is great! IISuperwomanII is fantastic! I am a proud smosher, and love that they were included!
Teen, 14 years old written by Mahdiyyah Mungalee

i think some of the best youtubers, and I'm quite surprised they weren't mentioned, are: *iiSuperwomanii- a really hilarious personality with a really normal way of looking at things. a real pick-me-up for days when things aren't looking so good and a laugh your socks off funny and random youtuber. good,clean fun. no real red flags except for a few references to "brown people" best video so far: types of laughs *Paint-(jon cozart) really talented youtuber with a flair for making really awesomely hilariously wickedly cool parodies of Disney songs. has only a few well known videos but they're really com memorable. red flags in the implications of after "hours" Disney(if you can call it that) best video so far: after ever after part one #other really popular youtubers that should be considered: MirandaSings, GraceHelbig, TimmyFellDownTheWell, O2L, etc.
Educator and Parent of a 9 and 11 year old written by starsinmyeyes

Good Mythical Morning is a huge hit in my house. Rhett and Link seem to be a good mix of slapstick/nonsense humor with actual (useful) information.
Parent of a 11 and 13 year old written by Mattmchugh

Game Grumps and The Nostalgia Critic are the most popular at our house. Lots of profanity -- f-bombs abound -- but some decent with and even the occasional insight. The Nostalgia Critic and friends, such as YouTuber Brental Floss, do a musical review of "Les Miserables" that's brilliant and hilarious. -- mm
Parent written by d503364

My kids (and even my wife and I sometimes) enjoy watching Stampy, who also goes by the names stampylongnose, stampylonghead, and stampycat). https://www.youtube.com/user/stampylonghead He does game commentaries for Minecraft, Disney Infinity, Lego Hobbit, Terraria, and many other games and is very entertaining, along with a variety of other online friends that regularly play with him. Stampy seems like a really nice guy and his shows are kid friendly.
Parent written by kschnee

Would love it if CSM could do its own list of good alternative YouTube channels we might check out with our kids, if they happen not to be so interested in makeup, boys, shopping, and self-promotion. Geek Gurl Diaries comes to mind - are there others like that?
Educator and Parent of a 10 year old written by arobulack

Man, how could you overlook Stampy, the Minecraft superstar (http://www.youtube.com/user/stampylonghead). As my son mixed with an ever-changing cast of pre-teens between summer camps this year, there was one common element: they all watched Stampy (girls and boys alike, which was cool). They could all recite his standard introductory preamble word-for-word, and the end of each day was punctuated by everyone with Stamp's ultra-irritating "Bye!"
Educator and Parent of a 8 and 10 year old written by Sierra Filucci

We know all about Stampy! Stay tuned for another post about the best of Minecraft YouTubers, coming soon!
Adult written by Ladera

wow - how could you not include CAPTAIN SPARKLEZ - Jordan Maron. He is an American YouTube personality, has YouTube channel, CaptainSparklez which was the fifth solo-gaming channel to reach 1 billion views. Major miss!!! He is a hero with kids who love Minecraft.
Teen, 13 years old written by Darksouls444

Oh I remember Captain sparklez he is the one who taught me how to play Minecraft when I watched his videos! he is awesome for new players and funny Don't forget Dan thediamondminecart he taught me how to mod!
Adult written by Ladera

wow - how could you not include CAPTAIN SPARKLEZ - Jordan Maron. He is an American YouTube personality, has YouTube channel, CaptainSparklez which was the fifth solo-gaming channel to reach 1 billion views. Major miss!!! He is a hero with kids who love Minecraft.
Teen, 15 years old written by AnimeFan3000

Oh come on I'm on youtube all the time and I have only heard of like 4 of these people, what about Toby, Mark, Rhett and Link. They are all so fun and I really think Mark and Toby are my biggest role models, they are so cool!
Teen, 13 years old written by Darksouls444

I agree mark is so cool! he is one of the best next to pewdiepie I have heard of tobygames but I never watched a video what are they like I bet there awesome also do you like yamimash and theradbrad?
Teen, 13 years old written by Darksouls444

Aww no Markiplier! he is one of my favs OR YAMIMASH! they are the best next to pewds but really good forum I wish they added more like mark yami theradbrad bunches of others I know most of them are clean youtubers but mark yami and theradbrad are pretyy clean mark says the F word once if he gets sacred because he plays horror so does yami he mostly replacs bad words with funny ones like HOLY BALLS! and WHAT THE CLUCK!
Teen, 14 years old written by KatLovesYouTubers

Haha, this was a great article! Glad to see some of my favorite YouTubers here! I think Rhett and Link should be on here. They have very good, clean humor. The worst they ever say is "crap". They do comedy videos and a talk show called "Good Mythical Morning". Tobuscus is another good one. He usually never swears, but in his older videos, like from 2008, he does, but in his newer ones he doesn't. He usually says replacements for swear words, like, "son of a biscuit", and such. The only other concern would be that he sometimes says "hot hot hot" around women, like at Comic Con. But both are pretty good, relatively clean YouTubers!
Kid, 11 years old

Brooklyn and Bailey are fantastic You-tubers! I love how bubbly and sweet they are. They create a mix of videos including fashion, hauls, humor, room-tours and book reviews. I believe they have somewhere close to one million subscribers. They are very clean, never swearing or adding references to inappropriate things. They are both fourteen, and are identical twins. That, of course, makes it fairly difficult to tell them apart, but they have told us how to tell them apart and usually start the videos by saying "I'm Brooklyn and she's Bailey." just to clear it up a bit. Although, I admit,they are not as popular as these people, they are still fantastic You-tubers that are definitely worth keeping an eye on. Their mum is the owner of the website called Cute Girl's Hairstyles (:
Kid, 12 years old

I know all these youtubers except for three and I love watching there videos some of them make me smile, some make me laugh while other people may be thinking I'm wasting my time watching these videos I believe that I actually get a lot of information and enjoyment out of watching them...another 2 youtubers I love is Troyes Sivan and Jamie's World :D
Educator and Parent of a 15 year old written by Caroline Knorr

You make a good point that YouTube videos are often a mix of fun stuff, thought-provoking stuff, and stuff that's maybe not worth your time. But, of course, on YouTube, it's always easy to simply stop what you're watching and find something better!
Teen, 14 years old written by soulmap

I know all these youtubers, but I am surprised that Dan and Phil are not mentioned (they are friends with Zoella and appear in a couple of vlogs with her.) Danisnotonfire and Amazing Phil are amazing youtubers and are increasingly popular. Dan has approx 3 million subs and Phil has approx 2 million subs. In 2012 they got their own show on BBC Radio 1. Dan's channel is more sophisticated with bad language, sexual themes and possibly eyeopening and disturbing material (Extensional Crisis) and he says it is targeted at 14+, however Phil has younger followers and is known for being very innocent and sweet, with no bad language or offensive material in his vids. I absolutely love youtube, it has become a big part of my life in the past year or so.
Teen, 14 years old written by coolperson123

Yes! I love to show Phil's videos to my sister! I will show her some of Dan's videos in a couple years when she is a bit older.
Educator and Parent of a 15 year old written by Caroline Knorr

Thanks for the info. I think one of the cool things about YouTube is that you never know who might pop up on in someone's video. It's one of the things that separates YouTube from TV. On TV, any "special guest" is endlessly hyped until the main event is almost a let-down. On YouTube, it's always a fun surprise -- and you get to know the personalities a lot better.
Teen, 15 years old written by TARDIS11

I would definitely add brothers John and Hank Green (John being the author of popular teen book The Fault in Our Stars), who take turns posting videos. They are definitely more for of a specific crowd of fans, but since the success of Mr. Green's books, many more teenagers have found their "Vloggers" YouTube channel. They are big advocates of thinking about the world we live in, being unique, and using intellect, and are therefore even a bit educational, especially when one explains a current news story. However, all videos would be rated PG-13, with REFERENCES to sex, drinking (both are well over 21), drugs, and occasionally serious topics like Rwanda are discussed in order to inform the viewer and/or make them think. All in all, the brothers are very funny, with a lot of more intellectual humor and focus, but may not be best for some tweens, depending on the person.
Educator and Parent of a 9 and 11 year old written by starsinmyeyes

My very science oriented 8 and 10 year olds really enjoy Hank's SciShow as well as the Crash Course series. They both know about sex so I'm okay with them watching videos in which sex is mentioned. I think the key is to have an open conversation with kids so they can explore the content with the safety net of parental wisdom.

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