Brainfeed - Educational Videos for Kids
By Christy Matte,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Curated learning videos still best after parental preview.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can watch videos about all kinds of things, from the etymology of a word to the benefits of exercise. The videos are primarily geared toward tweens and up. Kids will find the arts, math, technology, all types of science, biography, music, history, writing, language, human nature, government, and more, though the learning is all passive.
Ease of Play
Kids will have little trouble navigating the highly visual interface despite the occasional nonintuitive behavior.
Violence & Scariness
While there is little explicit violence, there are some potentially disturbing videos that include topics such as the physical changes your body undergoes when you die, a list of unusual medical conditions, and natural disasters. Weapons appear in realistic and cartoon form in many of the videos as they talk about gunpowder, historical figures, and current events.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
With content on the body and biology, it's hard to avoid all mention of sex and sexuality. For instance, one video briefly discusses procreation and sexuality, while showing a cartoon couple in bed and slowly adding children to the scene.
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No vulgar language was observed during the review process, but there's use of words such as "stupid."
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Products & Purchases
In-app purchases are available (subscriptions). Brands are shown regularly via news and current event-type stories (e.g., mentioning a specific brand of hybrid car while talking about recent inventions).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There are references to prescription drugs in some medical and biology-related videos. At least one video makes reference to drinking and being drunk (including cartoon glasses of an implied alcoholic beverage), and one shows a character smoking in bed.
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What’s It About?
BRAINFEED - EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS FOR KIDS is a collection of curated educational videos for kids. It covers a wide range of topics and interests including the arts, biographies, technology, biology, math, social studies, writing, and language. Kids can search for specifics or browse by topic. They also can save videos for watching later. After a one-week trial, parents can subscribe for $1.99/month.
Is It Any Good?
This great video content may not be appropriate for the whole family, so parents may still want to preview the curated content. Brainfeed - Educational Videos for Kids is truly a wonderful collection of videos. It covers a wide base of content, and the videos do a good job of breaking down complex ideas for the layman. But since the content is available elsewhere for free, much of the subscription value comes from the curation. If parents still need to weed through to find content that's appropriate for a particular age (or for their family politics and beliefs), that curation becomes less useful. The educational value is there, although some of the messaging is quite biased, so it will depend on the age and maturity of the kids and how families want to use the content. This may be a good source of classroom material for, for example, a homeschooling family while those who just have extra curious kids may want to search elsewhere. Thankfully, the free trial gives parents enough time to make that decision for themselves.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about media bias. How do you know if you're getting the whole story? How can you tell opinion from fact?
Families can find an interesting topic and learn more about it together. Do some online research or head to the local library to find books on the subject.
Talk to your kids about screen-time limits. How can kids enjoy digital media in balance with other activities?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: vocabulary, writing, Math: algebra, Science: animals, biology, physics, plants, weather, Social Studies: geography, government, history, Arts: dance, drawing, music, photography, Hobbies: pets
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: asking questions, collecting data, Creativity: innovation, Communication: listening, Tech Skills: using and applying technology, Health & Fitness: fitness, mental health, preventing sickness
- Pricing structure: Free to try (free trial is available, then $1.99/month)
- Release date: September 2, 2015
- Category: Education
- Topics: History, Robots, Science and Nature
- Publisher: Brainfeed LLC
- Version: 2.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0
- Last updated: March 12, 2019
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