A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Some programs feature characters who are adventurous or emphasize traits like honesty and forgiveness.
All content is in Spanish. Various racial/ethnic groups, including Black, Asian, Latino, and Hispanic, are featured in programs.
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Ease of Play
Content can be sorted by age, making videos easy to find.
Products & Purchases
Major brands, such as Mattel, Barney, American Girl, and Carmen Sandiego, are a focus in some shows.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Canela Kids is a streaming media site designed for Kids. Users don't have to register to view videos on Canela Kids, but to compile a list of favorites for a child to watch, parents will need to sign up. They can create accounts for multiple children that will all be visible when the parent logs in. Each account will show videos for that child's specific age group. The overall viewing selections don't contain bad language, themes, or other inappropriate content. While the videos and written content are in Spanish, in addition to Hispanic and Latino children, programs also feature characters who are Black, Asian, and have other racial and ethnic backgrounds. Some shows involve prominent brands. The developer's press release about the app's introduction mentioned it was being launched "with the advertising support of some major brands, including Mattel."
Is It Any Good?
The app's parental controls skew more towards suggesting content, rather than blocking it -- but with many kid-friendly items to choose from, there's plenty to watch. Canela Kids offers a selection of shows and other videos, including some movies, in Spanish. Canela Media, the app's parent company, is involved in producing some of the shows, such as Club Mundo Kids, a program that showcases Hispanic and Latino children and emphasizes taking an interest in other cultures. Some of the app's videos feature well-known kids' characters, including Barbie, Strawberry Shortcake, Cocomelon, and Barney. On the homepage, animated, live-action, and other shows are grouped under headings like "Chicas al poder" ("Girls' power") and "Amigos, Aventuras y más" ("Friends, Adventures and more"). The content is also cataloged alphabetically and by channel in the Explorar section of the app, which also has a list of available movies. To customize kids' viewing experience, parents can create a profile for their child after registering, enter a PIN they'll use to access the account, and select an age range -- either 1-4, 5-8, or 9-12. Videos for that demographic will then be shown on the homepage and other sections.
While much of the content features positive themes like exploration, educational, and creative aspects, such as the arts-and-crafts show "Mister Maker," some items -- like "Ryan's World," a show that originated on YouTube and centers on trying out new toys -- aren't as beneficial. Parents will need to be at least vaguely familiar with Spanish to use the app. All of its content, including instructions, are in that language. By clicking on a star, parents can denote individual episodes, shows, or other items as favorite selections, which will be displayed in the Favoritos section. In theory, that could provide kids with a list of pre-selected options so they could use the app independently. Parents should note, though, that the controls won't necessarily prevent kids from accessing other content within the app. They could potentially find other videos by searching or clicking on the homepage. But that won't be a problem, as long as parents logged into their Canela Kids account before handing their child their phone or other device -- because anything kids come across should be intended for their age range and shouldn't contain iffy language, imagery, or other elements.
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