TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Minecraft-heavy vids are harmless fun for young gamers.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The videos intend to entertain rather than to educate, but gamers may find inspiration and some tips in the commentator's videos and narration.

Positive Messages

The Minecraft videos especially inspire kids' creativity by showing the work of the commentator. On a broader level, this channel's success is a reminder of the infinite possibilities of excelling at something, even gaming.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Garrett's commitment to keeping the channel kid-friendly is a pleasant surprise, and he's a great guide to the world of Minecraft and how to get creative within it.

Violence & Scariness

Some video game violence and weapons such as guns and swords but nothing that will surprise kids who game.

Sexy Stuff

For kids who haven't already played one or more of the featured games, there's an inherent advertising component to watching these videos.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the YouTube channel Stampylonghead is a collection of narrated gaming videos, aka Let's Play videos. In the cases of games such as Lego Worlds or Pokémon, the commentator plays while providing voice-over narration of his moves and experiences. In his more expansive and popular Minecraft sequences, play follows the adventures of an orange-and-white cat named Stampy, who travels around his Minecraft environment seeing the sights in a world of his own making. Stampy's videos are kid-friendly and oddly entertaining even to lay viewers, thanks to the chatty commentator, but kids who play Minecraft and others will be most interested in watching. Of course, there's a commercial quality to consider (lots of Minecraft products to covet!) before giving your kids the go-ahead.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDNS F. March 29, 2018


Stampy is a really good YouTuber, but he has said “hell” a lot and one time said “f**kin hell” when playing minecraft
Adult Written byMary G. August 30, 2017

Stampy is great!

Stampylonghead reviews many games, including Terraria and Minecraft. He used to play first-person shooter games but then switched to less violent games. I have... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 20, 2018

GREAT! Used to love it when I was smaller

Joseph Garett is a great guy, he makes amazing videos, they inform and he tries to make easy structures just so kids can copy it. If you search his life story t... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bybookworm3284 November 25, 2017

Fun, even for a 13-year-old.

I am more of a bookworm than a gamer, but Stampy's videos are so heartwarming and inspiring. There is some violence surrounding Hit The Target, Stampy... Continue reading

What's the story?

STAMPYLONGHEAD is a YouTube channel that features video uploads from games such as Pokémon: Moon, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Lego Worlds, and especially Minecraft. British commentator Joseph Garrett plays the games under his pseudonym Stampylonghead (previously Stampy Cat), with his running monologue narrating along the way. Other videos involve themed clips from an assortment of games, such as "Stampy's Top 10 Buildings in His Lovely World" and "Stampy's Top 10 Hit the Target Videos."

Is it any good?

Immensely popular among kids and tweens, this YouTube channel finds its biggest asset in its wordy but warm Brit commentator. The videos are only mildly interesting to viewers who aren't gamers themselves, but kids who do play will enjoy Stampy's take on the ins and outs of the games. And while it's not an instructional channel per se, those who watch may get some ideas they can use in their  gaming.

Stampylonghead is mostly harmless and age-appropriate for kids who tune in, but they may expose viewers to (and entice them to want to try) games they haven't played yet. With a little direction from parents, it's easy enough to tailor their use to specific games, but giving them free access could pique their interest in new possibilities.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about video games. Which ones do your kids play? What rules does your family have for gaming and other screen-time activities? What are their favorite screen-free activities?

  • Kids: In what ways do you enjoy being creative? How do activities such as art and music encourage us to express ourselves in different ways?

  • What are the benefits to users' visibility on the the internet? How does it allow us access to content we otherwise might not see? What safety concerns exist with sharing your own information there? 

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