5-Minute Crafts

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Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Innocuous how-to videos of hands doing things a better way.

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Educational Value

Viewers will learn many small but helpful bits of information: how to make tools out of common household objects, how to clean spills or messes, how to turn trash into gifts (or at least gift wrapping). Look for videos about science experiments you can perform at home for the highest educational value. 

Positive Messages

Crafts and hacks circle around doing tasks more efficiently and keeping things neat and tidy, messages that many parents would love for their kids to absorb. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are no people in the vast majority of this channel's videos; just a disembodied set of hands. 

Violence & Scariness

Mild violent content is found on the Bright Side channel: information about the Titanic disaster, advice on repelling animal attacks. Parents may wish to preview some of this content before allowing young or sensitive viewers free reign. 

Sexy Stuff

The channels Bright Side and Smart Is the New Sexy may contain content that veers toward the vulgar, like a video about shocking things ancient Romans did that talks about how they collected urine for industrial purposes and the postmarital sexual practices of Roman citizens (a cut-in scene of a Roman orgy shows a nude woman briefly; her pubic hair is visible for a fraction of a second). 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 5-Minute Crafts is a YouTube channel with several subchannels, most of which are just fine for even very young viewers. As long as you stick to the main channel, 5-Minute Crafts, or to the kid-oriented 5-Minute Crafts KIDS, there's almost nothing to worry about: no language, no violence, no sex, drugs, or ads for products; instead, the videos feature easygoing instrumental music and disembodied hands performing tasks that make life easier, keep things tidy, or create something fun. Some videos even show science experiments that are easy to do with household materials and teach children many scientific concepts. Two subchannels, Bright Side and Smart Is the New Sexy, may contain content that could be upsetting to young or sensitive viewers (information about famous disasters or dangerous animals) or could be too much for some parents' taste (such as a video about ancient Roman practices like wearing jewelry modeled after male genitalia, and a shot of a Roman orgy that shows a brief glimpse of a woman's pubic hair). Parents may wish to preview some of this content before allowing young or sensitive viewers free reign. Please note: 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; we do our best to capture the channel's overall subject and tone to help parents make the best choice for their family. We recommend parent co-viewing of YouTube content for kids under 13.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byelond002 October 30, 2018

Not worth it

Dangerous crafts including melting items and using sharp tools. These crafts are not safe for little kids to use. As well as this, the crafts are pointless.

What's the story?

Similar to the YouTube channels that feature a set of people-free hands opening up boxes or playing with toys, 5-MINUTE CRAFTS stars disembodied hands illustrating hacks: how to use a balloon to make an impromptu drink cover, how to brush your teeth with a banana peel, using lemon juice to remove stains. Auxiliary channel 5-MINUTE CRAFTS KIDS tilts the hacks toward things kids want or need to do, like making a compass out of a pencil, de-gunking glue dispensers, or removing highlighter marks from school books. 

Is it any good?

It's hard to understand why young children enjoy watching what's basically a visual version of vintage "helpful household hints" columns, but they do, and they're innocuous good, clean fun. If you stick to the main channel or kids' content, 5-Minute Crafts contains nothing parents would worry about: no language, no negative messages, no questionable visuals. It also has the added advantage of being almost silent, unlike many YouTube channels with blaring voices and sound effects that can irritate a parent even when they're not in the room. Simple, easygoing instrumental songs play over each of the household helpers/craft projects spotlighted in each video, and parents can allow their children to advance from video to video without fear of them seeing something iffy. 

Though the 5-Minute Crafts KIDS channel may be the most interesting to young viewers, since it delves into the kinds of things kids want or need to do (like making cool art, repairing toys, or conducting science experiments), young viewers may soon advance into 5-Minute Crafts' other channels, like 7-Second Riddles, 5-Minute Crafts GIRLY (think: make your own cosmetics), and Bright Side, which offers quirky information and anecdotes intended to make you feel or look smarter. Parents will largely be just fine with this progression, but note that Bright Side in particular may have some videos that might alarm very sensitive kids, like one that talks about venomous insects, or one that explains how to survive animal attacks. If you have a small or easily frightened child, you may want to preview some of the material on this channel to make sure it's suitable, or you may want to stick to 5-Minute Crafts KIDS for gentle, informative entertainment. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why YouTube videos featuring hands performing tasks are so popular. Why do people want to watch disembodied hands doing things? What's interesting or compelling about it? Why aren't there TV shows like this? Why did the videos only catch on on YouTube? 

  • Kids: Does this series inspire you to try a viral challenge or hack after seeing it done? What makes you feel that way?

  • How have the internet and video-sharing sites like YouTube changed how we access information? Can everything we see on these sites be believed? Where can we find reliable information and news?

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