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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that EvanTube HD is a YouTube channel featuring videos from a young internet star who tries his hand at games, stunts, fad challenges, and reviews of popular toys. The show is a fun pick for families since the content is so squeaky clean and the unscripted dialogue between Evan and his younger sister, Jillian, is so natural. Evan's parents are also in on the gig, producing the videos and sometimes appearing on-screen as well, painting a very rosy picture of family projects gone right. Episodes that center on a toy review or game introduction can entice kids to want the item in question, so if yours are prone to that kind of influence, you may want to be selective in the videos you watch.
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What's the story?
EVANTUBE HD is a YouTube channel hosted by a young boy named Evan and often co-hosted by his sister, Jillian. The siblings take part in various trendy challenges, play games, review toys, do science experiments, and produce skits for their audience, sometimes joined on-screen by their parents. The videos began as a fun project for Evan and his dad and have launched the gregarious host to internet fame and a lucrative career.
Is it any good?
These unpredictable family-friendly shorts are mostly unscripted (the mini-movies being the exception) and all kinds of fun to watch. Kids will love programming that's geared toward them from one of their own, and parents will appreciate the positive image Evan and his co-stars present of families collaborating on a project. Evan and his family clearly have almost as much fun making these videos as viewers do watching them.
Evan rose to fame (to the tune of millions of dollars) with his toy and game reviews before branching out into other forms of entertainment for fans. Even beyond the video reviews, many EvanTube HD episodes involve play gadgets and fads like bottle flipping and fidget spinners, or food items like Oreos. In many cases, Evan makes his games and challenges look so fun that your kids may want to try them, so that's something to consider when selecting the episodes you watch as a family.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the internet makes shows like this one accessible in a way that traditional TV can't. Do your kids watch many web series? How do these shows differ from what they see on TV?
Kids: Does this series inspire you to try a viral challenge or new toy after seeing Evan do it? What makes you feel that way?
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