Crash Course

TV review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Lively hosts, funny images bring academic topics to life.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Learning a little about a lot of topics is fun, accessible, and doesn't require hours of reading or boring lectures.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Hank Green, John Green, and the other vlog hosts are enthusiastic, well-spoken, and obviously well-versed about the topics they're presenting.

Violence

Frank discussions in some videos about war, violent acts by scientists and others discussed, some discussions about self-harming behavior in psychology videos.

Sex

Frank discussions about sex, sexuality, human reproduction, and anatomy; accompanying animated videos are informative but contain no real nudity or sex acts.

Language

So-called "brain farts" are a recurring segment on videos that reveal small factoids about the topic in the animations.

Consumerism

Supporters, including PBS and people via Patreon, are listed at the beginning or ending of some videos.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Frank discussions about addiction.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Crash Course is a YouTube channel with educational videos for teens and adults. A variety of teachers present information about a wide range of academic and social topics through lecture-style videos coupled with animated graphics. Topics include (but aren't limited to) history, math, mythology, science, computer science, physics, philosophy, games, economics, psychology, and literature. Some of the videos contain themes related to sexuality, war violence, and other topics that may not be suitable for tweens or some younger teens. Crash Course Kids is Crash Course's YouTube channel for kids in elementary school.

We recommend parent co-viewing of YouTube content for kids under 13. Please note that 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, and we do our best to capture the overall subject and tone to help parents make the best choice for their family.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byslick_fox July 27, 2018

Warning for teachers

Our public school watched crash course. You can never learn anything because they talk too fast, in one episode they used a swear word (the A-word). It's o... Continue reading

What's the story?

You'll find heavily educational but also entertaining videos on CRASH COURSE. Some videos, such as those on psychology, begin with an intro to the subject in the first video, and then the subject continues in a series of more topic-specific videos that follow in the series. Crash Course covers other topics, such as those on a specific work of literature, in just one video. Examples of vlogs that teens can watch include those covering psychology ("Let's Talk About Sex: Crash Course Psychology Course #27"), literature ("Was Gatsby Great? The Great Gatsby Part 2: Crash Course English Literature #5"), math ("Mathematical Thinking: Statistics #2"), science, and more.

Is it any good?

If your teen is looking for an engaging way to learn more about a specific academic topic, this YouTube channel probably has a video that can help. Created by Vlog Brothers hosts John Green and Hank Green (who also hosts SciShow), Crash Course has a topic well that's deep, and the presentations are interesting, informative, and not too long. The animated images that accompany most of the newer videos are often silly and make the information presented more memorable through unforgettable visuals. PBS believed strongly enough in the educational value of Crash Course that it has become a partner with the creators. In addition to the Green brothers, more hosts have come on board, so now the vlogs include some female and ethnically diverse hosts.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Crash Course and other YouTube channels with short-form learning videos could help teens who might be struggling with the same info in school. How do different people learn?  

  • Families can talk about learning new things. How has the internet changed the way people get their info?

TV details

For kids who love learning

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