Young Children and YouTube: A Global Phenomenon

Neumann, Michelle and Herodotou, Christothea (2020). Young Children and YouTube: A Global Phenomenon. Childhood Education (In press).

Abstract

YouTube has risen in popularity to become a global phenomenon. Children use YouTube for entertainment and educational purposes. Some benefits of YouTube have been reported such as helping children learn and develop skills and knowledge about their world. However, concerns have been raised about children’s exposure to inappropriate and disturbing YouTube content, screen time, and limited video quality. This article defines what YouTube is, discusses current research on YouTube, and explores what young children are doing with YouTube. It also provides practical strategies and recommendations for parents and teachers about how to use YouTube to support young children’s early learning and development at home and school.

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