Funny Stacy

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Cute kid's toy-filled adventures are heavy on consumerism.

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Educational Value

These videos intend to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

A mixed bag. On one hand, Stacy is outgoing and adventurous and seems to have a vibrant imagination. On the other, the videos only show her playing with inanimate objects, occasionally with some parent involvement and rarely with peers. Often the playgrounds and parks are empty for her, so there's no waiting in line or taking turns on rides, and she seems in total control of where she goes and what she does. She also appears to have unfettered access to items in the stores she visits and dictates which ones (and how many) she takes home.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kids will see Stacy as a fun-loving kid with a big imagination and enthusiasm for playing and exploring new places. Adults will notice that her self-involved experiences are not entirely realistic for kids visiting public places like play parks, stores, and restaurants, where wait times and other limitations on access and behavior are more the norm. When a parent is visible onscreen, he typically caters to her direction.

 

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Consumerism

Heavy commercial considerations in prominent placement of amusement park names like Jurassic Park, toys inspired by popular TV shows like Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol, and stores like Toys 'R' Us. Also brands like VTech, Chicco, and Baby Born. Product names like M&Ms are visible.

 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Funny Stacy is a YouTube channel that centers on a preschooler's play with her toys and at venues like amusement parks and playgrounds. The videos are heavily commercialized as Stacy's toys include those resembling characters from Disney productions, Paw Patrol, and Peppa Pig, among others. Her own collection includes elaborate play houses and ride-on toys, and the places she visits boast huge features like jumping pillows and ball pits, plus carnival rides. In some cases, Stacy also shops at toy stores and picks out new items, seemingly without any sort of limit from her parents, who stay behind the camera most of the time. Children's songs and nursery rhymes provide the soundtrack for these videos. We recommend parent co-viewing of YouTube content for kids under 13. Please note: 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; we do our best to capture the channel’s overall subject and tone to help parents make the best choices for their families.

 

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What's the story?

FUNNY STACY is a collection of videos showing a young girl named Stacy visiting amusement parks, playgrounds, stores, her own backyard, and other venues with her favorite toys in tow. Others show her involved in activities at home like decorating a Christmas tree or opening presents. The videos, which range in length from a few minutes to upwards of 10 minutes apiece, are set to children's songs and nursery rhymes and sometimes feature graphics that add characters or props to the scenes.

Is it any good?

These videos capture the joy and innocence of childhood play (always an enjoyable thing to behold), but with a prominent commercial quality that can wear on adult sensibilities after a time. Pigtailed Stacy loves her toys and always seems to enjoy the new places she visits with her parents (who stay behind the camera most of the time), but many viewers won't see her experiences as snippets of a "normal" childhood.

Big-name amusement parks and impressive playgrounds aside, Stacy's toy collection (action figures, baby dolls, stuffed animals, ride-ons, etc.) is envy-inducing, to put it mildly. Kids who watch might also wonder why her trips to these venues are uncluttered by inconveniences like other visitors and waiting in lines as well. The bottom line? Funny Stacy's experiences can be imaginative and cute, but they may well give your own kids an improbable impression of what's manageable for more modest household budgets.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about imaginative play. When your kids pretend, what roles do they tend to play? How do they incorporate their friends into their pretend play? What are the benefits to imaginative and creative play?

  • Have you been to places similar to where you see Stacy visit? Do your kids enjoy new experiences? What trepidations do they have about them? How does trying new things teach you important life skills?

  • Kids: What are your favorite toys? Why are they special to you? How can you show that you value them and the other things that are important to you?

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