Evaluating YouTube videos for young children

Neumann, Michelle and Herodotou, Christothea (2020). Evaluating YouTube videos for young children. Education and Information Technologies, 25(5) pp. 4459–4475.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-020-10183-7


YouTube has become a popular digital media platform used by young children. However, concerns have been raised around inappropriate video content and limited quality. A lack of research and theoretical discussion exists on how best to evaluate the quality of YouTube videos made for children. In this study, we reviewed research and developed a set of design principles that informed the production of a YouTube video rubric used to evaluate the quality of YouTube videos targeted at young children 0 to 8 years old. The four key evaluation criteria used are: Age appropriateness, Content quality, Design features, and Learning objectives. This evaluation tool has the potential to be used by educators to assess the quality of videos for early learning and guide YouTube creators in their production of educational videos for young children.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 70187
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1360-2357
  • Keywords
  • YouTube; young children; video content; evaluation rubric
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
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  • © 2020 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature
  • Depositing User
  • Christothea Herodotou