PBS Kids Go! Video

Common Sense Media says

PBS puts preschool shows online. (Take that, Hulu.)

Age(i)

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Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids are shown helping each other, solving problems, and making ethical choices.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

"Farted” is about as bad as it gets here.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's nothing objectionable on this video-viewing site, including no advertising, but because the site is aimed at preschoolers, parental supervision (and involvement) is recommended.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • speaking
  • vocabulary

Math

  • algebra
  • arithmetic
  • money

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • strategy
  • decision-making

Emotional Development

  • identifying emotions
  • perspective taking
  • self-awareness

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids will enjoy access to clips and episodes from over 20 PBS Kids shows, known for being both educational and entertaining.The games section is a little barebones.

Learning Approach

Watching a TV program is essentially a passive way to learn, but kids can pick up on the shows' themes, or they can use the Channels area to explore a topic across several shows.

Support

Without extension or support activities, parents may need to help kids make the jump from lessons taught onscreen to how things play out in real life. Several videos are in Spanish.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • speaking
  • vocabulary

Math

  • algebra
  • arithmetic
  • money

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • strategy
  • decision-making

Emotional Development

  • identifying emotions
  • perspective taking
  • self-awareness

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

Kids can learn to improve thinking, emotional, physical, and social skills while watching clips and episodes of more than 20 PBS Kids shows, including Word Girl and Cyberchase. Clips are organized by title and theme, and several videos are in Spanish. PBS Kids television is known for teaching and entertaining kids, but PBS Kids Go! Video does little more than allow kids to watch TV online. Lack of follow-up activities to help kids apply life lessons means loss of teachable moments.

This Learning Rating review was written by Michelle Kitt

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

PBS Kids Go! Video is a branch of the PBS Kids hub, featuring favorite shows from PBS television programming. The site is divided into three sections: Shows, where kids can watch clips and episodes from their favorite PBS Kids shows; Channels, which allows kids to search by keywords such as pets, robots, crushes, etc., for matching episodes; and Games, which allows kids and their parents to play educational games as they watch their favorite episodes.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

As a parent, there is very little NOT to like here. Kids have access to clips and episodes from over twenty PBS Kids shows, all of which are either educational (The Greens, Kratts' Creatures, Between the Lions) or inspirational (Kids World Sports, From the Top at Carnegie Hall). Every episode has a positive message to it, whether it is green living, respect for nature and animals, active and healthy lifestyle, or dealing with life's embarrassing moments, and the shows do a good job of walking that fine line between educational and entertaining.

But all is not perfect. Sometimes it takes a couple of extra clicks to navigate the site and the games section is a little barebones (there is a whole section devoted to games at pbskids.org/go/games. Also, because this site is geared for very little children, parental involvement is highly recommended and standard screen-time limits apply.

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Website details

Genre:Video Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 9 years old October 21, 2011
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Best for kids ages 7 and up

Very impressive. However, there are some shows rated Y7. To keep it safe let's make it for kids 7 and up.

What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Parent of an infant, 3, 3, 5, 6, and 11 year old Written byResponsibleParentOf9 January 23, 2013
AGE
2
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Yes, yes, yes!

Best site in the WORLD for my kids! After they've done their homework and I'm done yelling at the principal who lets evil corrupted children who watch SpongeBob SquarePants into school for two hours on the phone, I always watch videos on this site with them!

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