Apple TV

App review by
Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media
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Streaming library, some kids' stuff; iffy restrictions.

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age 16+
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Educational Value

Some educational video content for young kids featured in the app includes topics related to science, math, dinosaurs, history, and animals. Most content is entertainment focused, for kids and adults.

Ease of Play

Kids have access to choose from all content, include adult movies, shows, and sports. Once within the "Kids" section, it's simple to choose icons of shows to watch, but some may be frustrated if they repeatedly choose shows that aren't free. Kids can easily access inappropriate content if Apple TV is synced with other apps like Amazon Prime and Hulu.


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App includes in-app purchases as well as access to popular consumer channels and brands such as Nickelodeon, PBS Kids, Disney+, Curious George, Sesame Street, Marvel, and DC Superhero.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Apple TV is a large library of movies and shows for kids and adults to watch. Families can also sync apps and channels they pay for separately, such as Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Starz, Showtime, NickHits, Noggin, Disney+ and Cinemax. It also includes content from Apple TV+. So when users find a show to watch, it will open in the synced app. If the content you want to watch is not available through an app you pay for, users can buy episodes or rent movies using their iTunes account. Parents can set a passcode around Restrictions, which allows you to set some filters and block access to explicit content. There's a dedicated "Kids" section, but tech savvy kids could easily access trailers, episodes, movies and mature content meant for adults. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change. Apple is one of Common Sense Media's paying content partners (and there is a Common Sense Media-powered room available via Apple TV), but this app was reviewed by an independent writer.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
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Adult Written byncooganore August 1, 2020

Probably Buying Not Supposed

I think this app is not for kids. Parents can only buy and give it to kids.

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What's it about?

APPLE TV is an entertainment app where users can search for movies and television shows to watch. There are four main sections: Movies, TV Shows, Sports and Kids. Each section includes a significant amount of suggestions of shows, movies and live shows to watch. Clicking on individual shows includes episodes to watch, trailers, bonus content, information about the cast and crew, which apps allow access to the show, and a short description of the show. Other apps and for those who subscribe to some cable providers can sync these accounts with Apple TV to gain access to even more viewing content. For example, families who pay for other subscription services can use Apple TV to search through the apps to find shows or movies to watch, rather than having to search through several different apps. Apple TV will prompt the subscribed app to open in order to watch it.  When choosing shows or movies to view, you might discover a title that requires rental or purchase, depending on what services you pay for. There's a special library tab, if family sharing is enabled, where users can search movies and shows to watch they have already previously purchased through an iTunes account. Parents can restrict content by going into settings and using a passcode to set the level of maturity for types of content. However, there are no profiles, so if you have a variety of ages in your home, you'll have to change the restrictions for each viewer.

Is it any good?

For entertainment fans both young and old, this service includes access to tons of movies and shows, but it's level of control for parents falls behind other streamers. For families who subscribe to services like Hulu or Amazon Prime Video to watch the content, parents need to know that Apple TV works more like a search engine. Choosing a show found in Apple TV, which is supported by Amazon Prime Video, will open the app in order to view it. When this happens, it's hard to figure out how to navigate back to Apple TV, so within seconds kids will transition from one app to another with even more inappropriate content at their fingertips. Savvy kids can easily gain access to inappropriate content. But for those who have always wondered how to watch their favorite sports team live when you don't live in the area, it's a great tool to figure out which additional apps you can subscribe to in order to fulfill your needs. Not all subscription apps, such as Netflix, are supported in Apple TV. Buying content through Apple TV using family sharing means it'll be included in the Apple TV library. Parents who want to limit their child's access to searching for content through Apple TV can choose episodes and movies, download them, and turn off the Wi-Fi so kids can view content offline.



Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how kids may come across content that's not for their age using Apple TV. Talk about the  "house rules" if the kids find something that is inappropriate for them to watch, such as letting you know about it so they can be redirected back to the correct section.

  • Some content is educational, while most of it is more entertainment focused. Do you have rules on how many shows or episodes a child can watch before they need to take a screen break? What are some suggested activities kids can choose in your home when they put their screens away like exercising, an arts and crafts project or reading a book?

  • Transitions away from devices can be a challenge for many children, which can lead to tantrums, frustration and outbursts. What works for one child might not work for another. Does setting wifi limits help? Are there rewards for putting away the device without frequent reminders?

  • You may need to explain to your child the difference between buying and renting when it comes to movies. Some movies can be bought or rented through Apple TV. Are you a family that prefers to rent movies or buy them?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (Seven-day trial then $4.99/mo.)
  • Release date: July 22, 2020
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Publisher: Apple Inc.
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.2 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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