Back in 2011, Evan posted his very first YouTube video at the age of five.
Now, Evan is a 15-year-old high schooler with more six milllion subscribers to his main channel, EvanTubeHD, where he and his sister Jillian, dad Jared and mom Alisa unbox and review toys and games. But that’s not all. Although EvanTubeHD is the main channel, they have several other channels now as well, including: The Tube Family, JillianTubeHD, EvanTubeGaming and several others featuring Evan’s dad.
What started as Evan and his father simply spending time together and filming their love for toys has evolved into a multimillion dollar business. And one of the family’s guiding principles is that Evan would be a good role model. In an interview with Fast Company, Evan’s father, Jared, said that teaching his kids to be good role models and to set a good example for others is key for he and his wife.
Evan and his family seem to get along well together. They’re kind, silly and funny. Also, Evan’s father has made it clear that many of the toys the kids get are donated to charities.
This channel teaches kids how to problem solve by putting their own toys together.
The potential to reinforce a consumption-based worldview is the biggest concern here as Evan and his sister, Jillian, talk about the toys and the money spent to buy the toys that they unbox and review.
The kids sometimes say “what the heck” and “oh my god” and make fun of one another. They also, occasionally, engage in challenges where they have to eat gross food.
Even after nearly a decade on YouTube, EvanTubeHD remains relatively clean and family friendly. Sure, siblings occassioanly poke fun at one another, and unboxing tons of toys might feel like an overwhelming amount of consumerism at times. But when compared to many other similar YouTube channels, EvanTubeHD feels like a breath of fresh content air.
Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).