12 YouTube channels to watch with your children/parents

This post is aimed at the parents (and students) at International School of Geneva – Campus des Nations following this week’s ‘Meet the Technology for Learning Coordinator’ session.

The idea is to share with you 12 YouTube channels that I think are great for parents to watch with their children. Some are silly, some are creative, some are educational. They all showcase the positive use of YouTube channels and should stimulate conversation and discussion.

How Ridiculous

6.32 million subscribers [May 2021]

We drop stuff, we bounce stuff, we throw stuff, we catch stuff.

In my opinion good, clean, silly fun.

colinfurze

11 million subscribers [May 2021]

This channel is the home of crazy inventions, brilliant world records and constant disregard to health and safety.

Crazy intentions that nobody knew the world needed.

Mark Rober

18.5 million subscribers [May 2021]

Former NASA and Apple engineer. Current YouTuber and friend of science.

Science and engineering applied to everything from glitterbombs and a 15 ton jello pool.

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

14.9 million subscribers [May 2021]

Videos explaining things with optimistic nihilism.

Video explainers on everything from ‘Do we Need Nuclear Energy to Stop Climate Change?’ to ‘The Deadliest Being on Planet Earth – The Bacteriophage’.

TED-Ed

13.9 million subscribers [May 2021]

Within TED-Ed’s growing library of TED-Ed animations, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed website.

Video explainers from ‘The loathsome, lethal mosquito’ to ‘A glimpse of teenage life in ancient Rome’.

BBC Ideas

233,000 subscribers [May 2021]

Our aim at BBC Ideas is to feed your curiosity, to open your mind to new perspectives and to leave you that little bit smarter.

Clips to make you think…

Danny MacAskill

419,000 subscribers [May 2021]

Danny MacAskill’s official YouTube Channel.

Crazy skills and some beautiful landscapes.

Joshua Weissman

4.22 million subscribers [May 2021]

Hi, I’m Josh and I make entertaining, exciting, and inspirational videos about food and cooking.

I thought I would add a cooking themed channel into this list and Joshua’s channel is one that I am enjoying at the moment.

Thomas Heaton

466,000 subscribers [May 2021]

This channel is all (Mostly) about landscape photography. Follow me as I venture in to the outdoors to photograph some of the most stunning landscapes in the world.

Another creative focused channel following the British landscape photographer Thomas Heaton.

Ali Abdaal

1.73 million subscribers [May 2021]

I’m a Cambridge University medicine graduate, now working as a junior doctor in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). I used to make videos about life as a medical student but I now vlog about life as a doctor 🙂

Fantastic channel ranging from research driven revision skills to tech reviews.

Jeff Su

404,000 subscribers [May 2021]

I’m Jeff, a full time Product Marketer. In my spare time I like to tinker with tools and create systems that help me get things done faster – or as one of my friends puts it: “Get better at being lazy”

Some top tips here for the use of Google Workspace – the core of the digital tools we use at Campus des Nations.

Common Sense Media Ratings & Reviews

297,000 subscribers [May 2021]

Check out our hundreds of videos, including new movie reviews, parent tips for raising kids in the digital age, research, documentaries, and other stuff we love.

Maybe a little more the parents this one… Also check out the sister channel of Common Sense Education.