All member reviews for YouTube

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

Kids say

(out of 953 reviews)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
Review this title!
Teen, 13 years old Written byrobinrunner March 20, 2011
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

viewers should stay cautious

Youtube can be an educational place or a place to get information through video. The only problem is anyone can upload one, with whatever innopropriate content they'd like. And once you see something through your eyes, it's hard to get out of your brain
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Kid, 11 years old March 4, 2011
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

It depends on what you watch

Youtube is a good website, but is it inaproppiate? It really depends on what you watch. If your a parent and think that your child is looking up inaproppiate stuff on Youtube, then watch them the next time they're on. Other than that, it's an awesome website!!!!!
Kid, 9 years old March 26, 2010
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Wrong! Wrong! WRONG!

OK the common sense people are wrong. I know for a fact that youtube should be for age 10+. And it can't be iffy for 13 to ages 15. It should be inappropriate for ages 6 and under, iffy for 7 to 9, then age appropriate for ages 10+ OK so I cleared it up. Now I hope they take my advice and do what I say. They are very wrong.
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old May 10, 2010
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
I Started Using It When I Was About 9 I Luv It Too Much
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written bynsvv April 30, 2011
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

Loads of great content and loads of bad content: only for mature children.

You've certainly heard all about YouTube, so there's no need to describe what it is. YouTube has got an incredible amount of fantastic, entertaining and educational user content, but this is balanced by a large amount of more inappropriate user content. You can't put an age rating on it because it depends on your child's maturity. If you trust them and know that they are sensible enough to make good decisions, by all means let them use it as it is an incredible invaluable resource. However, if you suspect that your child will negatively exploit it, keep it banned.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Great messages
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 13 years old Written byAnimeGirl-Nikki April 7, 2010
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

I say that it's okay for tweens and up, but you should use your own judgement when it comes to your own kid

Youtube has been one of my favorite sites to visit and submit things to since I found out about it in '07. Just like the site's motto, Youtube is a place where you can 'Broadcast Yourself'. You can find educational, entertaining, and even inspirational videos on this site. However, like any site that has user-submitted material, there are some inappropriate things. Language in some videos and the comments of videos isn't always the cleanest. The content of certain videos may be violent or sexual. One of the good things is is the fact that you can use the Safety Mode feature to turn off anything that you don't want to be shown. And even if you don't use the Safety Mode, many videos that are overtly violent or sexual aren't available to users under 18. (Of course, people can lie about their age on their account, but if you set up the account with your child, you can ensure that this doesn't happen.)You can also flag or report videos that you may find offensive or inappropriate, and Youtube actually takes this into consideration and has actually suspended or shut down people on the site for posting the bad material. But all in all, Youtube is a great site to connect with other people who share your interests, entertaining yourself, and 'Broadcasting Yourself'.
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old March 15, 2010
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Uhmm.... over reacting much??

It all depends on the the parent!! Some times people post videos that are "iffy" but other times, its just fine. When you search you can find both good AND bad videos The thing is, if you have a youtube channel and post videos about anything, be ready to have haters (aka people who leave bad comments on page) especially about certain beliefs. In the end, it depends on the parent because, they have to trust they taught their children right from wrong. Some of my friends love watching innappropriate vids, but I leave the room when they start to. I also live in constant fear that if I click something on accident, my parents may see it. Another thing I advise, staying up-to-date with the history of the computer. That way, your kid knows and will watch what he or she clicks on.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 16 years old Written byteamjacobgirl2.0 January 11, 2011
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

Stop overreacting parents!

YouTube is one of those websites that is 100% unavoidable. Everyone has been on YouTube and even thought some comments\videos are going too far with drugs and things like that parents can't stop their kids from going on. I think YouTube is easy to get around and its fun to sit and watch weird and random videos. Defentily a great site and parents shouldn't overreact.
Kid, 10 years old September 12, 2010
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
youtube isnt that bad I go on it every day I just choose not to go on anything bad
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Kid, 10 years old October 16, 2010
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
The safety mode isn't very accurate. I once had SAFETY MODE on and I accidentally watched a video with the f-bomb in it. Way to go for making dad ground me for a week, Youtube.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bygoodperson4 January 2, 2011
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

kids aint pervs

kids shouldnt be perverted to look bad stuff up
What other families should know
Educational value
Teen, 17 years old Written byspecial1 May 3, 2010
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great messages
Teen, 15 years old Written bypersonpersonperson May 14, 2010
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

good,but check what ur child is veiwing

its a good site for videos,just dont let your children watch nasty videos.my only concern is there IS alot of violence even though the review says there isnt,i have seen ALOT of bloody crap.also the pop out videos ,those still scare the crap outta me.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byNoseStuckInABook May 24, 2010
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

It all comes down to...do you trust your kid?

Youtube has practically everything. If you're going to let your child use youtube without supervision, think about whether you trust them doing a google search. Would they look up something innocent about a favorite book, favorite store, or favorite movie? Or would they go look at things that aren't appropriate for kids their age, such as porn. Youtube's the same way, with the exception of even innocent videos can have iffy comments. Some of the videos are horrible and tasteless and others are rather enjoyable. I would monitor my child to see what they like for a few days before giving them free reign if it were me.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Great messages
Teen, 15 years old Written byACDude800 July 26, 2009
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Great site? Definitely. 100% appropriate? Hardly.

Here's the thing: this is a site where 100% of the content is user-generated. These videos can have extremely positive messages and no inappropriate content, or they can be very negative with a lot of just about everything you wouldn't want your children to see. Any mature teen who isn't interested in junk like that should be able to use discretion to filter the "bad stuff" out without much trouble. Also, CSM claims that the site has "porn videos" in an 18+ section. This is not true. YouTube users can mark videos that they feel to be pornographic. Enough reports cause these videos to be restricted to only users aged 18 and up. YouTube staff examines the videos and takes appropriate action; if the content is fine, they remove the restrictions. If it is inappropriate, but not pornographic, they leave the restrictions. Finally, if it is deemed to be pornographic, the video is removed.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Great messages
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 17 years old Written byhamstergurl09 May 31, 2011
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

So Many Videos, So Little Time

Honestly, it's WAY too hard to classify YouTube as "appropriate" or "inappropriate" for certain age groups because it's so diverse. You'll notice I checked off all the little "What should other families know about this website?" options. There's too many different types of content to count! I couldn't say if it's "on" or "off" for any age groups(TAKE NOTE OF THE SENTENCE BEFORE THIS ONE WHEN SEEING THAT I RATED IT ON FOR 13, I DON'T NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THAT). In my personal opinion, YouTube is quite interesting.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old July 6, 2010
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

Fine for ages 12+

This website is fine. You are supposed to stay away from the inappropriate videos.It's fine.
Teen, 13 years old Written byRenee5322 July 30, 2010
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

Inappropriate things where you'd least expect them...

Obviously everyone knows what YouTube is by now. It's without a doubt one of the most popular sites for teens. But what about younger kids? If they're dead set on going on here, it would be best to watch them. Even if they are just going to watch an upload of a Dora episode they missed, some of the videos that come up on the front page are inappropriate. I can just imagine a curious kid clicking on one. The comments from other users can be seen on all videos. Some video uploaders don't allow comments, and there's also a button to hide them. But if you have an older kid who's planning to join YouTube and comment as well, be warned - there's A LOT of heartless users on there who use intense swearing and are just genreally rude. Lots of stupid "cat fights" occur in the comments also, with tons of cursing. Not only are the comments a problem, but so are the videos. Like I said, you can watch your kid or give them restrictions on what they can watch...but I have had a personal experiance that made me realize how unpredictable this site can be. Now, I did use to think that YouTube was a perfectly fine site as long as your kid didn't look up porn videos or something wacked like that. But one day, at my aunt's house I saw my twin 9 year old cousins were on YouTube. I came over to see what they were watching, and I was shocked. Apparently they had looked up videos about "Elmo kills Barney" or something like that. The video they were watching had Elmo trying to shoot Barney. I just thought, at the time, that this was just harmless. A little weird, but still harmless. Then I heard Elmo yell, "Shut the f*** up!" to Barney and then he started cursing up a storm. My cousins laughed and didn't seem bothered by it. I thought about just switching off the computer, but then they did anyway when my aunt called them for a snack. Then I realized that people can so easily stick a curse word or other inappropriate stuff into a video where you'd least expect it. I'll admit I kind of did see it coming in the Elmo video, but once my friend and I were watching an Animal Crossing video and the guy playing the game started cursing and having a fit. Oh, and guess what I heard one of my cousins say the other day? The F word. Hey, Elmo said it, right? *rolls eyes* I once even read a comment on some other forum (months ago; I have no idea what forum it was now) that once this one person discovered YouTube, their innocence was shattered and they learned about the "birds and the bees" shall we say. So, while Youtube had a lot of good videos, some educational even, it'd be your best bet to supervise a kid under 12.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 15 years old Written bySomebodysMe August 3, 2009
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

R U Crazy????

Ummmmmmmm, are you guys crazy??? Okay for 6??? Ummmm, I don't think so! Now, we generally aren't allowed on YouTube, but from what I've heard, It's pretty bad! I mean, why wouldn't we be allowed if it was good? Yes, there is some cute stuff on it, but seriously????
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 12 years old August 3, 2010
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Be careful and you'll be fine

Youtube. It's on the same level of site as Google and Facebook. It has EVERYTHING. Educational how-tos. Trivia. Documentaries. Porn. Swearing. Drugs. It's a great site, by all means, but stick to what you know. When you do a search, stay on page one, where the videos you want are and you won't be tricked into an innapropriate video. Stick to searching topics you like and don't venture into topics "your friend told you about". When using Youtube, you just have to be smart and when you here a swear word or nudity or gore, turn that video off and find another one. Just be smart, and you'll be fine.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Safety and privacy concerns

Pages