A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Family Fun Pack is a popular YouTube channel centering on the exploits of a couple and their five (and, in later episodes, six) young children. The videos show the family having fun at exciting places like Disneyland, playing at home, and performing everyday tasks like making meals. There's always a sense of community and cooperation among the family members, and the kids get along famously, which is nice especially if you're watching with your own kids. Expect episodes set in vacation spots like Disneyland and Great Wolf Lodge to make those locales very enticing. The show offers families a great opportunity to talk about responsible online behavior and matters of privacy. Please note that our reviewers watch between 1-2 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 choices for their families. We recommend parent co-viewing of YouTube content for kids under 13.
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What's the story?
FAMILY FUN PACK is a YouTube channel featuring videos that follow the adventures of a busy family of eight. Parents Kristine and Matt have their hands full with their young brood -- Alyssa, David, Zac, Chris, Michael, and (in later episodes) Owen -- but they manage to make every experience fun. Many of the vlogs show the family out and about at special events and vacation spots; others follow their activities at home in routine practices like making meals and playing together.
Is it any good?
What began as an unintended viral video erupted into massive popularity for these YouTube celebrities, and they continue to delight fans with small glimpses into their lives. Viewers can follow the family's experiences as they take day trips, celebrate milestones like birthdays, and live and play at home. Later episodes also see the addition of baby Owen and follow his many firsts.
Family Fun Pack isn’t riveting entertainment, but if you like the sort of slice-of-life peeks at how other families live and get along, it's a decent watch. Of course, it does raise questions about the fine line between public and private lives (even though this family is fastidious about protecting their privacy by omitting details about their full names and where they live, for instance), and about whether this type of self-imposed voyeurism invites problems, especially for the kids involved.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how this family preserves their privacy while sharing life moments with viewers. What kind of personal information is dangerous to put online? How does social media paint an unrealistic picture of our lives?
Do shows like this one have a purpose other than general entertainment? In what ways are these kids good role models for other sibling sets? Do you think that what you see in the videos is how they act all the time?
Why is reality TV so popular? Do you enjoy these peeks into other people's lives? What, if anything, can we learn from watching how other families function?
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