Tyler Oakley

TV review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Sweet, honest Oakley offers message of acceptance for teens.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Oakley often talks about being your authentic self, having solid relationships with family and friends, and living one's life to the fullest. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Oakley is almost always upbeat, friendly, true to himself, and creative. Some of his sillier videos border on raunchy and inappropriate for teens, but overall the content is light and fun.

Violence
Sex

Oakley sometimes talks about sex in jokingly suggestive terms. In some videos, he and his collaborators discuss pickup lines, condom use, and sexual "firsts" in very frank ways.

Language

The occasional "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "ass," "balls," "bitch," "piss."

Consumerism

A few mentions of Oakley's "merch" (products) and books, collaborations with other YouTube channel stars and Ellen DeGeneres, and suggested media resources.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few references to excessive drinking, joking about marijuana, and other illegal drug use. He sometimes talks about drinking or drinks alcohol during his videos, and a few of his videos contain jokes about drug use.

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.

User Reviews

Adult Written byJohn D. December 6, 2017
Teen, 14 years old Written byKingRobert December 30, 2017

He's ok

He's a pretty good guy but he isn't that funny.
Kid, 9 years old November 21, 2017

Adorable and funny

Tyler is kind and inclusive and uses his platform to spread positivity and acceptance but he doesn't shy away from more mature topics like sexuality, gende... Continue reading

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.

TV details

For kids who love LGBTQ role models

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