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Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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New video site doesn't restrict profanity, drugs in clips.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about certain topics through semi-instructional videos, such as cooking, fitness, fashion, and home design. (There’s no guarantee that segment hosts are subject-matter experts.) Performances offer some music-listening experience, and budding filmmakers may enjoy seeing the music that other hosts produce. Kids also will be exposed to vloggers' opinions and potentially varying viewpoints on news and other topics. Generally, though, the site’s intent seems to be entertainment, more than education; it doesn’t offer additional materials or insight into the subjects it showcases, aside from video hosts' takes on the topics. Vessel attempts to be the future of Internet video, but it's currently suited more for entertainment than educational content.

Positive Messages

Some segments encourage being open-minded, respecting other viewpoints.



Some music videos mention violence, but little is shown.


Nude celebrity photos are blurred, blocked in news reports; searches don't turn up anything graphic.


Swearing isn't off-limits; video titles contain words such as "f--k," "s--t."


Ads precede some videos. Users have to opt out of targeted marketing messages.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some videos claim benefits of marijuana. Others feature clips of celebrities smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Vessel is a video site, similar to YouTube, which posts content from many  channels and genres. Some of these videos may have inappropriate content; frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," and other profanity appears in titles and videos, while smoking and marijuana use often are commented on or shown. Fortunately, while violence is often mentioned, it's not actually shown. During registration, users will be asked to enter a username, first and last name, gender, and birth date. If they’re under 13, they’re told they aren't eligible to register. Also, if you don't want to receive marketing emails from the site, you'll have to manually check a settings option to opt out.

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What's it about?

VESSEL houses videos, which users can follow by selecting channels and categories based on their interests. Options range from food and drink to comedy and science; some feature celebrities promoting a show, such as Ellen DeGeneres, and others involve popular YouTube vloggers and others. The site offers artists subscription and advertising revenue for releasing their videos on Vessel first; its founders estimate creators can earn $50 per 1,000 views. Basic user access is free; a $2.99 monthly subscription provides early access to new videos.

Is it any good?

Vessel, officially launched in May 2015, features more than 60 video channels geared toward sports enthusiasts, foodies, Justin Timberlake fans, and other audiences. Vloggers share opinions; musicians perform; and DIY designers offer decorating tips. Music, comedy, and other genre fans should love Vessel’s ample viewing supply. For a fairly new site, the amount of content is almost overwhelming. (Users who have specific channels in mind may have an easier time navigating the site.) Vessel doesn’t seem to have hard and fast rules on only sharing appropriate items; that said, there don't seem to be many sexual or violent videos. Kids can, however, come across drug use and swearing, along with some adult-oriented prank clips (for example, prosthetic testes getting stuck in a bike) -- so parents may want to supervise their site use.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how you can tell if a video site is safe for kids or might be better for adults. What signs indicate a site might have sketchy content? 

  • How much time should you spend on sites such as Vessel that offer seemingly endless viewing options? Talk about balancing screen time and real-world time.

  • Talk about posting and replying to user comments. Discuss how to constructively, and kindly, share opinions online (and offline).

Website details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading: discussion
    Arts: film, music
  • Skills: Emotional Development: perspective taking
    Communication: conveying messages effectively
  • Genre: Video Sites
  • Topics: Arts and Dance, Science and Nature
  • Price: Users can access the site for free or pay $2.99 a month for early access to videos; a free one-month trial subscription is available, but you’ll need to enter credit card information and cancel or be automatically charged on an ongoing basis.
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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