The internet has become a hub for many new things, but one of the most popular activities online is something that we’ve been doing for decades: watching videos and movies. Consuming video content is a growing trend online with new companies focusing on digital video content and older companies, like Facebook and Instagram, making sure that they are incorporating video into their platforms in a meaningful way. Online videos can be produced by professional studios, much like the entertainment we see on television and in the movies, but these videos are also made by other internet users. This provides an array of content, some of which is not appropriate for all consumers.

While watching videos online parents should be aware that there is not much oversight as to what can be shared in these videos. Online platforms like YouTube and Vimeo do have community standards, however much of the content that is available can be viewed by any user, not just those of the appropriate age. For this reason it is imperative that parents monitor and are aware of what their children as watching online.


Launched in May 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube is a Google company.



Vimeo is video + you. We put your videos first and give you the best ways to share, discover, and be inspired. Today, millions of people from all around the world enjoy Vimeo, and we’re growing bigger every day. We hope this fun and friendly environment fuels your own creativity and inspires you to contribute to Vimeo in the ways that mean the most to you.



Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 93 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.