Joey Graceffa

TV review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Cute, likable guy makes teens laugh, feel accepted.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 12 reviews

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Positive Messages

Graceffa frankly discusses his struggles with a parent with alcoholism, and he's open about being gay -- two issues on which he says he hopes he can offer support to viewers with similar life circumstances.

Positive Role Models

Graceffa is generally a positive guy. He is kind to his pet rescue dogs and to his partner and friends. Some of the other YouTubers he welcomes as collaborators are not as much role model material as Graceffa. 


Not typical, but a few video games Graceffa plays include violence, including male-female physical violence. In at least one game, he talks about "killing" a female character.


Some kissing and implied sexual behavior (language) between him and his partner. Graceffa is usually shirtless on his gaming channel. Not typical, but a few video games Graceffa plays on his gaming channel include sexual references and sexy scenes.


Some swearing. Graceffa tends to drop mild swear words ("hell," "damn," "bitch") throughout his dialogue.


Graceffa promotes his products (books, jewelry, YouTube Red show, etc.) in his videos. Cross-promotion of other YouTubers. Some name brands of various mainstream products, apps, and games are included in some skits.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to excessive drinking in some videos. The channel talks about drinking to get drunk in at least one skit ("Mixing Every Type of Alcohol"). Graceffa frankly discusses his mom's alcoholism in some videos.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Joey Graceffa has two YouTube channels: one is mostly gaming and the other includes a variety of videos -- snippets of Graceffa's life, his music videos, experiments, and collaborations with other YouTubers. One of Graceffa's most popular videos, "Don't Wait," which received more than 30 million views, is a music video based on his mom's struggles with alcoholism, and his identity as a young gay man. Graceffa swears in some videos ("hell," "damn," "bitch") and a few videos -- usually with collaborators -- include discussions with alcohol- and sex-related content. 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGrace J. December 11, 2017

10 or older

I believe that 10 is a good age. But it is up to you. I have been watching him for a long time and he is AMAZING!
Kid, 10 years old January 7, 2018


Teen, 13 years old Written bythinkle2 May 4, 2021

Joey's kid friendly ??

i think that if you watch his videos you will hve fun but it more for like 11 and up or if you know all about gays and stuff. He does curse a little bit but i... Continue reading

What's the story?

JOEY GRACEFFA has two self-named YouTube channels: a variety entertainment channel and a gaming channel. The variety channel includes videos of DIY experiment and challenge videos ("Mixing Every Juice Flavor Together"), everyday vignettes about Graceffa's life with his partner and his dogs ("Puppy's First Bath!"), collaborations and guest video skits ("I Caught Miranda Sings Spying on Us!"), music videos ("Don't Wait"), and more. The other Joey Graceffa channel is a gaming channel featuring games such as Minecraft and The Sims

Is it any good?

There's something so personable and sweet about Joey Graceffa that you just want to give the guy a hug every time he flashes his big white smile. His YouTube channels are generally mostly fun for teens, although every now and again a fellow YouTuber will come on and language and content turns to more mature topics, like alcohol use. Most of the videos on his gaming channel -- also called Joey Graceffa, on which he plays and comments on games while shirtless -- are suitable for teens, but a few are not. Some of the sweetest videos on Graceffa's channel are about his relationship with his partner and their three adopted dogs.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Graceffa's personal struggles and how he's overcome them. Watch Graceffa's "Draw My Life" video to learn more about his personal story.

  • Talk about some of the collaborators Graceffa welcomes onto his channel. Do they appear as likable -- and as ethical -- as Graceffa?

  • Talk about Graceffa's promotion of his products on his channel. How does it feel when Graceffa begins to talk about his jewelry line in the middle of a video? 

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