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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that SoulPancake is a YouTube channel featuring content from actor Rainn Wilson's media production company of the same name. Its videos show people from different walks of life establishing new relationships and exploring existing ones through various behavior experiments that encourage viewers to ponder human nature. Expect to hear mild language in spots ("a--hole," "hell," and the like) and conversations about matters including sexuality and sexual identity. Most of the content affirms the value of human relationships that transcend differences of race, gender, socioeconomics, and faith. 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?
SOULPANCAKE's videos explore human relationships, nature, and behavior through experiments that bring people together to bridge differences and explore life's big questions. Participants are put in scenarios like starting conversations with strangers on the street and forming first impressions based on blind dialogue. They share thoughts and passions, finding common ground and understanding despite their differences. The experiences encourage people to think more openly about emotion and connectedness between people.
Is it any good?
These social interactions are fascinating and thought-provoking glimpses into the human psyche. Some inspire, others are affirming, and most tug at the heartstrings and prompt a few tears. But all of them will make you think more critically about how we understand ourselves and relate to other people.
SoulPancake's thoughtful content has a lot of value for tweens and teens in addition to adults, but because of the participants' organic conversations, it's unpredictable. Mature themes like divorce and sexuality, as well as raw emotions associated with tragedy, illness, and other challenges arise. People share long-held secrets and explore affecting points of their pasts, sometimes finding relief and other times reawakening suppressed emotion. It's cathartic -- and inspiring -- content to watch.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how relationships are represented in these videos. Is honesty always the best policy when you're dealing with difficult emotions? How do you bridge differences between yourself and people you love?
What examples of empathy and compassion do you see in these experiments? Does watching change your impression of how people relate? Does it offer any tools for improving communication or relationships with others?
In what ways does the internet facilitate entertainment that otherwise might not be available in traditional forms? How do you manage the safety concerns involved with having an internet presence?
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