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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lele Pons is a YouTube channel featuring comedy skits, practical jokes and dares, and collaboration videos with other YouTubers. Pons is an actress of Venezuelan-Italian heritage raised in the United States. Her videos often feature comedy with themes that include high school antics, cheating boyfriends, horror parody, and Latin culture. Some videos include dares (like touching an electrical box with wet hands, or laying down in the middle of a busy street) or pranks that are clearly dangerous if teens were to copy them at home. There's profanity in many videos, as well as some product placements and sponsorship.
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.
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Teens who like snarky humor and relationship drama will likely love this YouTuber's comedy style. Lele Pons uses quite a bit of sexual innuendo, bad choices-turned-funny, and barely-there fashion to create a mix of sex, drama, and comedy that acts like an easy button in grabbing viewers' attention quickly and without much thought. But there's no real depth to the humor or to Pons' personality on this YouTube channel. Pons doesn't have the same you-know-me-like-a-friend appeal that some other YouTubers possess. Pons is Venezuelan-Italian (raised in Miami). Her skits about Latin culture and Latina women often rely on stereotyping.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what kind of pranks, stunts, and goofy behavior can be laughed at on YouTube -- but not emulated in real life. How do you define a prank that's gone too far? What pranks are funny and harmless?
Talk about Lele Pons' video sponsorships and product placements. Is it easy to figure out what's advertising and what's not?
Talk with your teen about stereotypes. Do you think Pons' depictions of other women, cheating boyfriends, and high school teachers and students are stereotypical? Why or why not?
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