Positive Role Models on YouTube

There's a lot to be wary of on YouTube, and sometimes good role models go bad. With so many inappropriate videos out there, it can be challenging to find YouTube channels and shows that aren't full of behavior you don't want your kids repeating. Luckily, these likable vloggers spread positive vibes with their great messages. For makeup lovers, there's Bethany Mota, who has not only beauty tips but also a strong anti-bullying message. Or for kids who love gaming, there's Joey Graceffa's channel. These popular picks are sure to win over tweens and teens but leave them with lasting messages that parents can get behind, too. To learn more about what kids are seeing on YouTube and how the rise of online video has impacted kids' screen time, check out the 2020 Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Zero to Eight.

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Kid Correspondent TV Poster Image
Warm, fast-paced news show promotes empathy, activism.
Network: YouTube
(2020)
(2020)
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Fast Forward Girls TV Poster Image
Upbeat STEM series highlights mentorship for girls.
Network: YouTube
(2019)
(2019)
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Roll Call TV Poster Image
Malala-inspired series shows girls' diverse experiences.
Network: YouTube
(2019)
(2019)
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We Are Savvy TV Poster Image
Girl power themes, positive role models in Canadian series.
Network: YouTube Premium
(2017)
(2017)
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Barbie TV Poster Image
Doll-powered vids promote positivity and self-expression.
Network: YouTube Channel
(2018)
(2015)
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HiHo Kids TV Poster Image
Diverse, funny cast of kids try new things, meet new people.
Network: YouTube Channel
(2018)
(2017)
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Hyperlinked TV Poster Image
Strong female roles in enjoyable website-inspired series.
Network: YouTube Premium
(2017)
(2017)
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It's JoJo Siwa TV Poster Image
Super high-energy teen's channel packed with self-promotion.
Network: YouTube Channel
(2018)
(2015)
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Kid President: Are We There Yet? TV Poster Image
YouTube star returns as a teen to spotlight changemakers.
Network: YouTube
(2019)
(2019)
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Roman Atwood’s Day Dreams TV Poster Image
YouTube star grants big wishes in positive series.
Network: YouTube Premium
(2017)
(2017)
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SoulPancake TV Poster Image
Thought-provoking videos have lots of positive messages.
Network: YouTube Channel
(2017)
(2017)
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Rosanna Pansino TV Poster Image
Sugary sweet host bakes up treats, promotes products.
Network: YouTube Channel
(2017)
(2010)
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Bethany Mota TV Poster Image
Super sweet, funny, and stylish host for wannabe fans.
Network: YouTube Channel
(2005)
(2009)
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Create Together #With Me TV Poster Image
Series inspires creation, community in uncertain times.
Network: YouTube
(2020)
(2020)
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Scrappy Robots with Simone Giertz TV Poster Image
Fun with engineering and building, some marketing messages.
Network: YouTube
(2017)
(2014)
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Vlog Brothers TV Poster Image
Smart, supportive brothers make nerdiness awesome.
Network: YouTube Channel
(2018)
(2007)
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Zach Anner TV Poster Image
Hilarious YouTuber explores the world from his wheelchair.
Network: YouTube Channel
(2018)
(2008)
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Instant Influencer With James Charles TV Poster Image
Upbeat internet influencer challenge full of product promos.
Network: YouTube
(2020)
(2020)
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Lilly Singh TV Poster Image
Talented, funny character actor sometimes too racy for kids.
Network: YouTube Channel
(2018)
(2012)
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Markiplier TV Poster Image
YouTuber can be funny and weird or shocking and crude.
Network: YouTube Channel
(2005)
(2017)
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nigahiga TV Poster Image
Laugh-out-loud funny parodies for teens; some iffy dares.
Network: YouTube Channel
(2005)
(2010)
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Bear Witness, Take Action TV Poster Image
YouTube special explores racial injustice, calls for action.
Network: YouTube
(2020)
(2020)
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Bear Witness, Take Action 2 TV Poster Image
Galvanizing second special about racism pushes for action.
Network: YouTube
(2020)
(2020)
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How To Be Behzinga TV Poster Image
Positive YouTube docu addresses mental and physical health.
Network: YouTube
(2020)
(2020)
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Joey Graceffa TV Poster Image
Cute, likable guy makes teens laugh, feel accepted.
Network: YouTube Channel
(2005)
(2009)
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Tyler Oakley TV Poster Image
Sweet, honest Oakley offers message of acceptance for teens.
Network: YouTube Channel
(2017)
(2007)
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Danisnotonfire TV Poster Image
YouTuber regales his awkward moments in funny, salty videos.
Network: YouTube Channel
(2005)
(2017)
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