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 RomanAtwoodVlogs is a YouTube channel composed of slice-of-life videos from internet personality Roman Atwood. The content ranges from Roman's free time at home with his family to re-creations of viral stunts like the water condom challenge. As with most YouTube content, it's highly unpredictable and sometimes includes references to sex, partial nudity (adults in underwear, but anything more revealing is blurred), and pranks at others' expense. On the upside, Roman is devoted to his family and involves his kids in his work. Please note: 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; we do our best to capture the channel's overall subject and tone to help parents make the best choice for their family. We recommend parent co-viewing of YouTube content for kids under 13.
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What's the story?
ROMANATWOODVLOGS is a YouTube channel that features unscripted videos from comedian and internet personality Roman Atwood. Most clips involve daily matters in his life, at home with his girlfriend, Brittney Smith, and their children, Noah, Kane, and, in later episodes, baby Cora. Others see the family on vacation or out and about in town. Some show Roman and his friends trying viral stunts and playing pranks on each other.
Is it any good?
These installments are mostly trivial glimpses into the life of an entertainer who makes his way by putting his life -- and that of his family -- on display for the world. Like any other instance of viral sharing, it does raise questions about the propriety of mining personal events (and, in this case, those of his girlfriend and children) for others' entertainment. Most are frivolous and inconsequential, but others are of more import, such as minor surgery for Atwood's daughter. In still others, there are pranks pulled at his friends' and family's expense, though typically it's all laughs in the end.
Though RomanAtwoodVlogs is often (but not always) devoid of questionable content, there's little of use for kids and tweens in its offerings. It can often feel like time spent watching a life being lived rather than actively living one of your own. Adults and older teens can see it for the brief escape from reality that it's meant to be, but younger viewers might get an irresponsible impression of real life instead.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the ups and downs of viral access to entertainers, for them and for viewers. Would a show like RomanAtwoodVlogs make it on TV? In what ways is the internet market different from the market for more traditional entertainment?
Where (if at all) does Roman draw the line on what's appropriate to share about his life and his family? What safety concerns exist with sharing details about your daily life online? What rules does your family have to keep you safe on social media and video sites like YouTube?
Do you see examples of positive character traits in any of this channel's content? Is the material particularly creative or unique? Does seeing what's popular on YouTube inspire your own ideas of similar projects?
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