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YouTube is a massive collection of video-based content stretching across nearly any topic. From craft projects, to famous speeches, movies, music videos, and everything in between.  Creating a YouTube account, or using a Gmail login, users can build playlists of their favorite videos, subscribe to their favorite authors or channels, and even upload their own original video content to share with family, friends, or the YouTube community. The enormous database is easily searchable through keywords, tags, suggested titles, or even by YouTube user channels. This resource is free to use and is available via web browsers, mobile devices, and most major video game consoles.

YouTube has strict content guidelines, but not all material is appropriate for young children, so be sure to set age restrictions and supervise usage. There is a massive amount of child-friendly content available, however, with popular franchises like Sesame Street, DisneyThe Muppets all having dedicated channels. Educational content is in abundance as well, with the likes of Khan AcademyPBS NOVA and YouTube‘s own education hub collecting videos across a range of academics. While young children might need help navigating the service, and supervision is required, there is still a wide range of appropriate content for young users to explore. We recommend supervised use of YouTube with children ages 6 and up.




Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

YouTube HomepageYouTube has many excellent practical and educational applications. Users can find videos on nearly any topic, including teachers, professors, or professional lectures. There are thousands of resources made specifically for young children from reputable sources. Using YouTube as a teaching tool can be an excellent way to give visual learners supplemental material that caters to their specific learning style. Youtube even has thousands of how-to guides for learning how to accomplish any number of goals. Your child could learn to make great homemade pizza, draw a cartoon, divide fractions or build a bird house. The options really are staggering. Staying on task when there are so many available distractions can be a challenge when utilizing such a massive video database is, so users must remain focused and sustain attention towards a single subject, especially when using YouTube to learn new skills or accomplish a goal or task.


Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

YouTube offers a number of options for practicing good Organization skills. Users can upload and store their own videos, changing the privacy settings to determine what audience has access to them. Subscribing to individual YouTube "channels" is an excellent way for users to keep all their favorite content in one easy-to-find location that provide automatic updates when new videos from those channels are uploaded. Additionally, users have the option to create custom video playlists. When searching for music videos, or famous speeches, users can create a playlist that will automatically begin playback in sequential order. Playlists can shared with the YouTube community, or simply saved to a user's personal account for repeated use. Playlists help users keep their favorite video content organized and easily accessible, and can be expanded upon as time goes on.


Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

YouTube has a massive database of videos on nearly any topic imaginable. Suggested videos and channels can help users find explore content related to what they find personally interesting. Searching for keywords will usually result in many pages of results on related materials and users can explore almost any interest in depth. For example, users who have a great interest in electronics will find thousands of step-by-step guides detailing how to repair nearly any electronic device. YouTube is an excellent way to develop and expand knowledge in an area of interest, helping users to broaden their scope of knowledge.

Furthermore, the educational side of YouTube offers many options for addressing areas of academic concern. To make good use of such services, students first need to understand their own learning difficulties, identifying subject that they struggle with in order to find related, useful content. By understanding which academic areas they grasp, and which ones they need help with, users can create customized educational playlists that offer academic supports across a wide range of subjects.

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