Vsauce

TV review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Intelligent, fun-loving science learning worth watching.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Learning is fun, and even very large questions often have explanations through scientific research and other academic disciplines.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Michael Stevens is an enthusiastic, well-spoken, accessible teacher who uses intelligent humor to help viewers learn.

Violence
Sex
Language

In videos like "Why are bad words bad?" swear words are discussed related to sociocultural linguistics, and the characters in the swear words are changed and bleeped over when spoken.

Consumerism

Michael Stevens promotes the Curiosity Box, his mail-order science and experiment box, as well as other YouTubers' content.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Vsauce is an educational YouTube channel hosted by educator and comedian Michael Stevens. Stevens takes complicated science and math (and more) concepts and explains them in quirky, understandable ways. From videos like "How to Count Past Infinity" to "Is Earth Actually Flat?" Stevens tackles topics that are fascinating and fun. His "perception" episodes explore illusions and other real-world phenomena. Some younger viewers may not be able to comprehend much of the details of what's covered in some of the more esoteric Vsauce videos, but what they will take away is Stevens' enthusiasm for learning and experimenting.  

We recommend parent co-viewing of YouTube content for kids under 13. Please note that our reviewers watch between one and two hours of content to determine the general appropriateness of each YouTube channel. Some channels contain more variety within their content than others, and we do our best to capture the overall subject and tone to help parents make the best choices for their family.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMax N. November 21, 2017

Awesome YouTuber.

Great educational channel. Only reason the age rating is a bit high is because most videos are quite complex. Well worth a watch.
Adult Written bynenefun4534 June 15, 2018

Great for teens learning how things work

The VSauce videos are really good, but the content may not make sense to young viewers. The content they cover is pretty complex for little kids. I think for an... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byanimemaster64 January 4, 2018
Teen, 13 years old Written byNightcat February 13, 2018

Great Content Creator

He's a pretty cool guy who makes great videos. You will most likely learn something new from them. Recommended.

What's the story?

VSAUCE's videos include answers to small and large science questions (Is the 5-Second Rule True?), collaboration videos with other modern science media stars (Showing My Desk to Adam Savage), general knowledge videos (Math Magic), videos that explore human psychology and behavior (Why Are Things Creepy?), and "perception videos" (Moving Illusions).

Is it any good?

Vsauce is for anyone -- kid or adult -- who's interested in big questions and real-world mysteries explained through science and math. Who knew there was this much to learn in this world? Apparently, host Michael Stevens and the Vsauce crew, that's who. Yes, some of the details of what's explained on many Vsauce videos that deal with complex topics are going to fly over the heads of more than a few viewers, but that doesn't mean it's still not fun to listen and understand the overall gist of these often gigantic topics. Above all, Vsauce shows how YouTube can be skillfully used to create modern, engaging learning for kids and adults. Don't be surprised if your kid wants to become a scientist after watching Vsauce for a few months.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Vsauce decides on the questions that inspire many of the channel's videos. Questions like "What if the Earth stopped spinning?" and "What is déjà vu?" are ones many kids and teens ask. Encourage your kid to keep asking those big questions and find ways to research the answers.

  • Ask kids which Vsauce videos they like best and help them find other ways to explore those topics further.

TV details

For kids who love STEM

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