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Common Sense says

age 13+

Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 328 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 1503 reviews

age 8+

A once great platform for creativity, turned greedy corporate giant

1) Constant bombardment of random ads and No One bothers to check what they advertise. Porn ads on a cartoon video? sure why not. 2) Thousands of youtube channels who repeatedly beg their young audience to go buy something. 3) The website would rather promote music videos and political propaganda from official networks rather than wholesome creative videos. 4) And the worst recent change so far... Censorship of video rating. Want to know if the video you are watching is legitimate or good? Maybe it's a scam, maybe it's propaganda, maybe it entices violence and hate speech. Well too bad, you have no choice but to watch the video since YouTube disabled user rating via the Dislike button. 5) If you're a creator on the website you have to constantly deal with false copyright claims, bad algorithm and Police Bots that will falsely flag your videos.

This title has:

Too much consumerism
3 people found this helpful.
age 13+

Awesome thanks😊

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This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
2 people found this helpful.
age 18+

i like it

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This title has:

Too much consumerism
2 people found this helpful.
age 16+

It’s not for kids

“Youtuber’s” cud’s all the time and you can find people drinking and people doing weed. And you can find sex stuff and lots of violence

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
2 people found this helpful.
age 18+

Explicit Porn. Can't trust "restricted" setting

Explicit content. I've only allowed my kids access when co-viewing because I've tested YT out myself over the years and found a long list of explicit porn when I did a simple search. I'm the only person who can access YT in my house, but the "restricted" setting always changes back to " not restricted" automatically. I've tried contacting YT, but to no resolve. YT has also allowed other recommended videos posted by nefarious users who are trying to lead viewers to other dangerous places. Even if one could trust the parental control to remain locked, there is just no way to be 100% sure your kids don't see something objectionable, so best to co-view until kids are high school age. Shame on Common Sense for listing YT.
2 people found this helpful.
age 13+

It really depends on what you watch.

Rated 12

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.
age 16+

First Page Suggestions alone are TRASH, SEXUALIZED, VIOLENT, DUMB

2021 - worst year so far, I can barely watch youtube myself without getting disgusted and upset by the amount of trash content. VIOLENCE, DUMB CREATORS, SEX, ANIMAL ABUSE, MATERIALISM, WILD CARDS. super damaging to teens in my opinion. However if you curate this site heavily and visit ONLY the channels you like, never go into comments, and never follow suggestions then ofc you can find stuff you wont be able to find anywhere else.. and some really solid and educational channels exist only on youtube. Dont let your child just wander this site alone or be influenced by its trash "stars". It wasnt like this before.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.
age 10+

Amazing

Pretty safe but has some iffy content

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Great messages
1 person found this helpful.
age 13+

Terrible customer support

Don't expect to be able to contact them if you run into any problems. Their support is absolutely terrible, had to wait 24 hours for them to reply to my email with an automatic reply that had nothing to do with what I needed help with. They also demonitize and age restrict videos even if it doesn't break their tos, which harms people whom depend on their videos to make money. People only use YouTube because it has a monopoly over other sites.
1 person found this helpful.
age 18+

A big disgrace

What is disappointing when the social media organisations get involved in politics. Recently I learnt YouTube banned SkyNews due to the fact SkyNews are providing misinformation regarding Covid. While I don't agree with some things SkyNews report, since when was YouTube qualified on Covid. It's time government control or ban them .
1 person found this helpful.