“Love it or loathe it, YouTube is now part of the mainstream media landscape, and a force to be reckoned with in popular culture” – Jean Burgess and Joshua Green, authors of the book Online Video and Participatory Culture.
Owned by Google and classified as one of the most popular video sites on the Internet, YouTube was founded in 2005 and is a place where thousands of videos can be uploaded, shared and steamed. Research found that 6 billion hours of video content are watched every month!
People all over the world can share content on YouTube – from individuals using their phone video recorders to large businesses advertising movie trailers on a high-end budget. Wendy Boswell, author of the article What is YouTube? How do I use it? states “YouTube was the first large-scale video sharing site on the Web, and it is available in nearly every country and over fifty different languages”.
Why watch video content on YouTube?
Many advantages come with YouTube, like the fact that there are millions of videos available to the public. The amount of video content on YouTube is unlimited, thus making the choice of what to watch endless. It has been noted that around 100 videos are uploaded onto YouTube every minute – so you are spoilt for choice. There is also a wide range of content available on anything and everything you can think of.
YouTube is also based on user-generated content making it very entertaining and unique to watch. Individuals are also able to join the YouTube community and record and add their own distinctive content.
Creating a YouTube account
If you would like to see and search for different content on YouTube, as well as create personalised playlists and comment of user’s videos, you need to do the following:
- Create a YouTube account. This can be done by signing into YouTube and setting up a username or password. You can alternatively set up your YouTube account with your Google account.
- Creating a YouTube account with your Google account allows YouTube to save videos that you would find to be of interest. Boswell notes that this “helps YouTube personalise what they show to users so they offer a more relevant user experience”.
Safety and privacy settings
It is important to take into account that not all video, material uploaded on YouTube is suitable for viewers. This is especially true for children under the age of 13.
As parents or guardians there are certain things that you can do to protect children from unsuitable content. These would involve using the Safety Mode, which will restrict the types of videos that one can view. You can also keep your computer in a public place in the house where you can keep an eye on what your children are searching for and watching online.
Get started and access YouTube here – https://www.youtube.com/