A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Cakey allows parents to preview and select YouTube videos for their kids to watch. It comes preloaded with several video collections that parents can keep, delete, or edit. Furthermore, parents can create their own collections from scratch or browse those submitted by other parents. Parents also can set time limits and, if they sign up for an account, receive updates on what their kids are watching. All these and more editing capabilities are protected behind a parent PIN-code lock.
What's it about?
CAKEY lets kids browse and watch curated collections of YouTube videos. The app comes preloaded with collections on a variety of topics from animals, numbers, and letters to toy-unboxing. Parents set a PIN to access the parent area, where they can delete or edit collections and individual videos, browse and add other user-created collections, or browse directly through YouTube to create their own collections. There also are a number of features and settings that parents can use to customize usage.
Is it any good?
Cakey is easy to use and convenient, and it's a great way to let kids watch videos in a safe environment. The interface is bare-bones, but some nice features include viewing time limits and remote access, which allows parents to create playlists from a computer and send them to the device. Not all families will appreciate certain aspects, such as some of the preloaded content and the capability to set an audio reminder to get kids take a bite of food. (Research suggests that watching videos during mealtimes can shut down opportunities for conversation and encourage unhealthy eating habits.) However, Cakey is versatile and entirely customizable, so parents can make it work for them. You can delete collections you don't find appropriate, create your own, use the features you find helpful, and ignore the others. Cakey is a simple tool that can work for kids and families with some background work and thoughtful adjustments.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about screen-time limits. It's fun to watch videos online, but discuss how to create a good balance between on- and offscreen activities.
Discuss any ads or branded product videos. Talk about what your kids see, and help them understand what's behind the content.
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