Parents' Guide to

Apple TV

By Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Streaming library, some kids' stuff; iffy restrictions.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free to try Entertainment
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Probably Buying Not Supposed

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

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Privacy Rating Pass

  • Personal information is not sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is not shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is not displayed.
  • Data are not collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • User's information is not used to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Data profiles are not created and used for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (2 ):

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.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • 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: July 27, 2020

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