The 5 Worst Youtube Stars Who Are Teaching Bad Behavior to Tweens
YouTube stars are influencers and range from gamers to beauty enthusiasts. These virtual stars hold a loyal following…and many of their subscribers may be teens and tweens. While popular YouTube stars often engage in positive and fun content—like make-up tutorials or even gaming advice—some of these popular YouTubers may be problematic for younger viewers.
YouTube is the playground for all things video-related, but it’s also the home of some of the most offensive content on the web. Mike and Heather Martin—who post under the channel DaddyOFive—lost custody of their kids when their questionable videos were brought to the attention of authorities. The couple allegedly used their kids in YouTube videos that included humiliating ‘pranks.’
Parents of earlier generations once had to patrol television and movie content by focusing on ratings or the warnings that preceded a show. YouTube, however, is uncensored and parental guidance isn’t always inferred, and parents may need to limit how much time kids spend on Youtube. So what personalities and popular vloggers do parents need to have on their watch lists? Here’s a roundup of a few of the most notoriously controversial YouTube stars that your teen or tween may be following:
1. Jake Paul
Fired by Disney and now sued by an individual who claims that one of his pranks caused hearing damage, Jake Paul is one of the biggest stars on YouTube. With more than 11 million subscribers, Paul posts insane pranks and other humorous videos to his vlog. But parents might not find the content so amusing. Paul isn’t exactly G-rated. He once even hid in a bathroom in the White House until the wee hours of the morning for his vlog. And, according to an article by Vanity Fair, he also brings the chaos to his neighbors…some of which are “weighing a class action public nuisance lawsuit.”
2. Eugenia Cooney
With more than half a million subscribers, Eugenia Cooney is a presence on the web. But her controversies don’t involve insane stunts or poor conduct. Instead, Cooney is often the target of frustration and concern because of her weight. According to Heavy.com, viewers are trying to have her removed from YouTube.
Let’s back up, though. Cooney is a beauty vlogger…she posts about fashion. So what’s so controversial about fashion videos? The issue is that Cooney is incredibly thin. So thin, in fact, that many viewers find her appearance unhealthy and believe she represents a dangerous image to young girls. According to The Metropolist, Cooney’s audience is primarily teen girls. While fashion and style videos are fun for teens and a way to experiment with new looks, parents might want to steer them away from Cooney.
Ranked by TheTopTens as the most offensive YouTuber, Onision has racked up more than two million subscribers. His most popular video is The Banana Song, which gained popularity thanks to Tosh.O. He also posted a ‘self-harm and depression parody.’ While adults may understand the difference between serious and parody…tweens might not.
4. Tana Mongeau
With more than 2.6 million subscribers, Mongeau is an uncensored hit. Pop up her YouTube page, and you’ll be greeted with four-letter words and middle fingers. She’s also made headlines for her friendship with Bella Thorne. And, according to the U.K.’s The Sun, she was arrested at Coachella for allegedly drinking underage. She’s also been called-out for allegedly dropping a racist term at another YouTuber.
Leafy has amassed more than four million subscribers on YouTube. And on Quora he was noted as one of the most offensive vloggers on the platform. He actually has a video titled “Butts.” The scariest part of that isn’t just the title…it’s the fact that the video has more than one million views. He also has a few videos about toothbrushes…and, no, they’re not about brushing teeth. If your teen is watching Leafy, viewer beware!
This list is in no way comprehensive, as YouTube is filled with lots of controversial videos and vloggers. Parents need to be aware of what their tween watches on the platform and set parental controls accordingly. However, there are several YouTubers that are fine for tweens…so feel free to add them to the watch list.
Kid Friendly Youtube Stars
Common Sense Media named Stampy as one of the most kid-friendly Minecraft channels. With more than eight million subscribers, Stampy has a loyal fan base. And, even better, his videos are clean and fun for avid young gamers.
Like Stampy, Dan was noted as a clean YouTuber by Common Sense Media. DanTDM is a gamer whose videos are typically play-by-play moments of his gaming experience. Dan features Minecraft, Roblox and other popular games. However, some videos may be a bit mature or risqué…so pick and choose the videos.
Brooklyn & Bailey
Mom.me calls Brooklyn & Bailey one of the most popular YouTube channels for kids (and tweens). The duo feature vlogs about getting braces, DIY fashion tips, wisdom teeth, and even a Chicken Nugget Challenge. The twins have more than 4.4 million subscribers.
While YouTube is a popular diversion for many tweens, teens and younger kids, be sure to keep up with your kid’s viewing list and look for vloggers who might not be appropriate. Parental controls may help block questionable channels and content, but parents also need to be aware of the trending celebrities on the social media platform. Unfortunately YouTube channels don’t hold a ratings system that allows parents to easily note which channels or vloggers are offensive, so staying aware and on trend with YouTube is a parent’s best defense against questionable content.