Young people and social media – YouTube

The main aim of our Erasmus+ project is the development of media literacy for young people. In the digital era, social media is part of the everyday life of young people. That why today we are continuing with our series of articles on the subject “Young people and social media”. If you haven’t read our previous article from the series about Twitter you can find it on the following link.

Today we are going to present the social media network YouTube.

Youtube is a social media network, which is used for uploading and sharing videos. YouTube as an online vidoe-sharing platform was created in 2005 in California, USA and has developed in the following years becoming more and more popular.

Many famous people have emerged from this social media network, but that does not mean that all available YouTube channels are interesting or educational. There are many YouTube channels that are interesting to follow as well as educational.  

The option “subscribe” on YouTube allows users to follow the online content, which is posted, and because of this they can become more popular with a lot of subscribers/followers. Here are some examples of some popular channels:

Pewdiepie

Dude Perfect

MrBeast

HolaSoyGerman

Whindersson Nunes

RyansWorld

Logan Paul

ZHC

Binging With Babish

Dead Meat

Nevertheless, there a lot of educational channels on YouTube as well. These channels offer different content on subjects such as science, chemistry, physics, geography, history, astrology, meteorology and technology.

Some of the most popular science channels are:

Vsauce – The channels feature videos on scientific, psychological, mathematical, and philosophical topics

AsapSCIENCE – The channel produces videos that touch on many different topics of science using drawings.

SmarterEveryDay – This channel features videos on different scientific facts.

Kurzgesagt – This channel focuses on minimalist animated educational content. It discusses scientific, technological, political, philosophical and psychological subjects.

SciSHOW – This explores the unexpected, delving into the scientific subjects that defy our expectations and make us even more curious!

Veritasium – This channel can help you with studying physics and has many science videos

Minute Physics – The channel’s videos use whiteboard animation to explain physics-related topics in approximately one minute.

It’s Okay to Be Smart – This channel is led by a real scientist and has videos about the universe

Periodic Videos – This is the biggest chemistry channel

Home Science – This channel can help you with making experiments at home

A list with a 100 educational YouTube channels can be found on the following link: https://blog.feedspot.com/educational_youtube_channels/

 Now here are some advices on how to stay safe and protect yourself while using YouTube:

  • The age limit for having a profile on YouTube is 13
  • You can change the settings on your videos by choosing them to be public, private or unlisted
  • You can report online abuse on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/reportabuse
  • Intimidation and harassment is strictly forbidden. This incorporates: posting videos, comments or messages with insults, sharing/posting private information, filming others in videos without their consent, posting content with the intend to humiliate someone or comments with sexual content. You can prevent such actions by reporting it on the following link: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2802268
  • Don’t meet with anyone in person who you only met online, and always inform a grownup if you ever find yourself in a situation like this
  • Be careful with the content of your videos: people have the right to privacy (you need to have the consent of everyone in the video before publishing it) and the video mustn’t contain any profane or insulting words
  • This about what you are posting, because your parents, friends and family can see the content. Everything that is posted on the internet stays there forever – be careful with your digital footprint
  • Be careful what you post in your comments on videos because someone can use them against you. Never start an argument (fight with someone). Block anyone that is harassing you or leaving inappropriate comments. 

Author: G. Azmanov (7-1 grade)

Photo: internet

The original article is published in the school online digital newspaper L.A. IN-formator.

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