What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
- identifying emotions
- perspective taking
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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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