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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Tyler Oakley is a longtime YouTube star who uses his social media platform to advocate for LGBTQ youth. Oakley often talks frankly about being gay, about sex, and about alcohol use. He often collaborates in videos with other YouTube stars, including other gay YouTubers who want to raise awareness about LGBTQ issues. Most of Oakley's videos are just silly fun, but some can be risqué. Oakley's mom is sometimes featured in videos. Some video titles border on clickbait, with the actual content in the videos being much tamer than the titles.
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 choices for their family.
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What's the story?
Most of TYLER OAKLEY's videos are saturated with sweet, positive, Tyler-style messages about living life, being true to yourself, and just having fun (Exploding Watermelon Challenge; My Day in a Minute: Disneyland). Some videos are more risque than others, and those contain content that's inappropriate for younger teens (The Birds and the Bees with Mamrie Hart; Getting Tipsy with Mama), and others offer support to LGBTQ teens (Draw My Life; How to Come Out ft. Gus Kenworthy).
Is it any good?
Many teens adore this YouTuber because of his charisma, his friendliness, and his contagious laugh. As an outspoken advocate for the LGBTQ community, Tyler Oakley's message of self-acceptance resonates with lots of teens of all genders and sexual orientations. Some of Oakley's videos (especially some of the collaborations with other YouTube stars) are more risqué than most of his stuff and contain content that many teens may not be mature enough to parse appropriately -- that is, to discern what portions are for YouTube-style comedy effect, what's Oakley's real-life advice, and what's just bad behavior. Overall, though, Tyler Oakley's friendly humor and message of self-acceptance is a ray of sunshine in a YouTube world filled with many stars who take their "merch" and their reputations too seriously -- and their messages to teens not seriously enough.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Tyler Oakley's "Draw My Life" video touches on issues of divorce, blended families, body image, eating disorders, sexuality, friendship, and more. Watch this video with your teens and talk about what comes up for them and for you when hearing Oakley's story.
If you have an aspiring YouTuber, talk about how Tyler Oakley's education impacted his YouTube success. Oakley mentions his college degree in marketing, social media, and communications in many of his YouTube videos.
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