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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.
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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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