If you have some Minecraft players in your house, chances are, they have asked you if it’s ok to watch some players online. What?? You not only want to play the game but you want to watch other people play it too?? Yes, that’s correct. Kids just LOVE watching these Minecraft Vloggers play online building, connecting with other players and playing “mini games” within the game. When my kids first asked me, I’ll admit I was nervous to say the least. YouTube has alllllll sorts of things that I DO NOT want my kids being exposed to, but yet I want them to be able to watch some kid friendly ones- so thankfully, after some research and advice from other parents, I have found 9 Kid-Friendly Minecraft Vloggers that you can be ok with your kids watching!
What do these Minecraft Vloggers actually make videos of? Well, all sorts of things actually. Many will film themselves building and creating in the game, often with other vloggers. These videos can create all sorts of inspirtion and creativity in your own kids as they are learning how to make things in a way that they normally wouldn’t know how to do before, kind of like you watching a video on how to frost a cake, do a DIY, or even learn a new recipe. It’s kind of the same thing. Other videos may be challenges between other vloggers, like to win a maze, or a scavenger hunt, or, a last man standing type of competition. Some YouTubers will have what are called Mod Showcases, where they show off cool things that kids can download within the game to change it or add to it, or just a simple Let’s Play video where they just play the game…and while all of this talk may make our eyes glaze over, it’s what our kid’s are begging to see so it’s important to know what they are watching.
Important note: These ten vloggers are ones that I allow my kids to watch and feel are appropriate for their ages, but some may be better for older kids vs younger kids and limiting their time on here is important no matter what. YouTube does have commercials at first, which I wish weren’t there, but they are kind of unavoidable. It’s important to set limits on what channels your kids know they are allowed to watch, YouTube will “suggest” other channels at the bottom of each video, and while some of these may be ok, others may be not. My rule is they are allowed to be subscribed to these ten, and a few other non-minecraft vloggers that we’ve approved of, and if they want to check out something else, I have to watch it first and see if its ok, and then if I think so, then I’ll subscribe to that one too. Mine know NOT to watch any channels I haven’t approved of, and if they do, there are serious consequences (like losing their tablet for a week which may be the equivalent to them to spending time in the SHU if you want OITNB).
So before you set them free on YouTube, make sure set some ground rules, and check out these channels to get your kids started. I’ve added a little summary of what their channels are about from my limited MOM knowledge, but you want more details, you’ll have to ask my 9 year old.
Stampy is by far my kid’s favorite YouTuber and they have been watching him for years. Stampy, also known as StampyCat, StampyLongNose, or Mr. Stampy Cat) wears a yellow cat skin and is a British vlogger and has oodles of videos of builds, creations, and often has other characters in his games, many of which I’ve cited in this list. Stampy is very kid friendly and my kids have learned all sorts of tricks and techniques from him and are always laughing while watching his videos. Check out his YouTube channel here.
iBallistic Squid is Stampy’s best friend in the game and wears a blue squid skin. He shares videos that are just like Stampy’s and they do many, many videos together so the channels overlap a lot. They even have a shop together where you can buy Stampy and Squid toys and clothes- how do I know this? Because I have bought many presents for my kids from there! Check out Squid’s channel here.
Dan TDM (The Diamond Minecart)
Another one of my kid’s favorites, and I am pretty sure my 5 year old wanted to grow up an marry him at one point, is Dan from The Diamond Minecart, often times just referred to as Dan TDM. Dan TDM is also from England and is very popular for its wide variety of entertaining, creative videos. His videos cross all of the typical video genres (Let’s Play, mod reviews, characters, and so on) and is highly subscribed-to and has one of the most highly viewed channels on YouTube. Check out Dan TDM’s channel here.
Popular MMO’s boasts huge mod showcase style videos and is always showing your kids new and exciting ways to play the game. He’s exciting, loud and one of my kid’s favorites. He does a lot of the very popular “lucky block” challenges that you may have heard your kids talking about. He often creates videos with his wife. Check out Popular MMO’s channel here.
GamingWithJen is Pat’s (Popular MMO’s) wife. She often vlogs with her husband but also has her own channel where she hosts her own share of lucky block, mod showcase and map videos. She is also very girly, so she’s a great choice for any of your daughters that want to watch! Check out GamingWithJen’s channel here.
Sqaishey is another girl vlogger and is a very cute duck in the game. She joins Stampy a lot but has her own channel that is great for younger kids since her videos are very mild and fun. She makes a lot of challenge videos, which my kids love, and she has the sweetest voice! Check out Sqaishey’s channel here.
AmyLee33 is a bright pink mermaid and makes very fun and happy videos like her “Land of Love” series. She’s great for girls both of my daughters love her. She makes lots of crafting and building videos and also has been known to be seen in Stampy’s videos too. Her videos are very mild as well, so they are especially great for kids. Check out AmyLee33’s channel here.
With one of the biggest audiences on YouTube, CaptainSparklez can dazzles his viewers with his technically advanced worlds and very entertaining commentary. He’s known for his intricate, atmospheric, and complex worlds as well as for his very popular parody videos of popular songs. CaptainSpakrlez make some more intense series, like his Ultra Survival series, that can get a little edgier, and may be a bit better suited for older kids, but mine have never complained about it. His song parody’s are on repeat A LOT in this house. Check out CaptainSparklez’s channel here.
This is at the newest channel my kids have been watching, but with over 500,000 subscribers, he’s no noob (as my kids would say). AshDubh is from the UK and has a series with iBallistic Squid called Race to the Moon, as well as some other series. He makes funny and simple to watch videos that are very popular with the 10 and under crowd and has many popular builds based on famous characters from Lego, to Harry Potter to Lion King. Check out AshDubh’s channel here.
So if your kids are begging to get on to YouTube and see what all of the fuss is about, start with these channels! They are funny, easy to watch and are very entertaining.