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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.
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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.
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