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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Jacksepticeye is a YouTube channel created by Irish video game commentator and comedian Sean William McLoughlin. McLoughlin as his YouTube alter ego, Jacksepticeye, gives play-by-play commentary -- including lots of profanity, including "f--k" in various forms -- about video games. In some videos, McLoughlin talks directly into the camera about his life or other topics.
Jacksepticeye videos often contain crude humor and jokes about violence, gender, and sex (with McLoughlin laughing hysterically at his own humor) that may send mixed messages to teens about what's funny and what's offensive. Many of the video games reviewed are violent and not for kids, while some of his videos feature games popular with kids, such as Scrap Mechanic and No Man's Sky, which may make it seem like this YouTube channel is kid-friendly. It's not. Titles of Jacksepticeye videos include: "GIRLFRIEND REVENGE! Whack your ex," "Homework: Kill the janitor," "Become the Ultimate Douche. Douche bag workout," and "KILL THE TEACHER!"
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What's the story?
JACKSEPTICEYE is a "Let's Play" or gameplay video game commentary YouTube channel created by comedian Sean William McLoughlin. Viewers watch and listen as McLoughlin (as Jacksepticeye) delivers play-by-play commentary while he plays video games that viewers also see on-screen. In some videos, McLoughlin talks directly into the camera about his life or other topics.
Is it any good?
The words "septic" and "eye" absolutely belong in this YouTube channel's name. There's some nasty, poisonous stuff kids will see (and hear) from Jacksepticeye. Sean McLoughlin as his alter ego Jacksepticeye presents himself as a likable, goofy friend who's schtick is profanity-riddled humor about gross, violent, and sexually iffy video games. Examples of McLoughlin's game commentary: "The object of the game is to s--t on people. If that doesn't make you laugh, nothing will." "She may be a bitch, but look at those legs."
McLoughlin laughs hysterically as his video game avatars or other characters in the game are stabbed, shot, impaled; as block-head characters simulate various forms of sex; as animals explode. Everything is funny to him, and nothing is off-limits. In one game that includes a domestic violence-based murder ("I put my wife inside a bag now, because that would really be taking out the trash," he jokes), McLoughlin appears to have a moment of conscience, telling viewers not to judge him too harshly or take him "out of context" for laughing at this game. "It's just a hilarious game," he explains. The mixed messages about humor, gender, sex, and violence on Jacksepticeye are too numerous to detail -- and too confusing for kids and teens.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about vetting YouTubers. Just because a person is friendly and funny on YouTube should not give him or her instant credibility. What clues can your kid look for to decide whether a YouTuber is someone you want to watch and perhaps even emulate, or whether he or she isn't worth your time or trust?
Discuss the amount of profanity Jacksepticeye uses. Ask your kid: Does profanity make comedy better? Why or why not?
Talk about Jacksepticeye's intended audience. Who do you think it is? Even though he sells plush toys of his "Septic-Eye-Sam" mascot and reviews some kid-friendly video games, do you think kids are the intended viewers?