A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bethany Mota is a fashion, beauty, and comedy YouTube channel created by Bethany Mota. At age 13, Mota began posting "haul videos," in which she models clothes she's recently purchased. Some of her other videos include DIY beauty tips, "collab" videos with friends or other media stars, and comedy sketches. Mota has also established a pop culture presence off YouTube: She has competed in Dancing with the Stars, she has marketing relationships and product lines with businesses that market to teens, she's written the book "Make Your Mind Up," and she's gone on tour to promote that book.
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What's the story?
The BETHANY MOTA YouTube channel feels like it's hosted by a teen motivational speaker/comedian/fashion consultant who loves you. Videos like "7 Easy and Quick Hairstyles for School" represent Mota's crafty side; "Never Have I Ever," featuring Janel Parrish, is one of her "collab" videos featuring another celeb or YouTube star; "Types of People at Starbucks" is a comedy sketch in which Mota plays multiple characters; and "HUGE Summer Try-on Haul" exemplifies her popular haul videos.
Is it any good?
There's an aspirational quality to Bethany Mota, and that's not all bad. The teens who watch her YouTube videos may not make that messy braid as perfect as the one they see Mota create, and the same shirt they purchase from Forever 21 that she models in a haul video might never look as good in real life as it did on her. Still, Mota has a strongly relatable quality that makes teen girls feel like they have a beautiful, funny, supportive, creative girlfriend in their presence every time they watch her latest upload. Now in her 20s, Mota maintains an "I want to give you the biggest hug EVER!" squeaky-clean attitude that endears her to teens and parents alike. She's also taken on teen causes like bullying. The only real negative to this channel is the heavy "live to shop" vibe in some of her haul videos. Otherwise, no bad news here.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Bethany Mota encourages teen girls to try different looks. As a teen, there's often a lot of pressure to conform. How do Mota's suggestions to experiment with looks inspire teen girls to find their own style?
Discuss Mota's character skits. How does Mota use stereotypes: in mean-spirited ways, or all in fun? How can you tell the difference?
Talk about Mota's "haul" videos. What does your teen think about the amount of clothing Mota purchases? How often should teens shop for clothes? How much clothing is enough or too much?
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