A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Disney+ is a media streaming app for iOS and Android devices. With a paid subscription, kids can search, download, and watch TV series and movies from Disney, Pixar, National Geographic, Marvel, Star Wars, and more. Users can set up individual profiles that allow them to create watchlists and get recommendations based on viewing history. Disney+ Star packages include more adult content. You can use GroupWatch to view together by logging in to your account in the app or online and sharing an invite link with up to seven people. There's an option to create multiple profiiles, including a Kids profile, which gives a user access only to content that's suitable for kids (according to the developers). There's also an option to filter out content that's rated for above a certain age and to set a lock for exiting each profile. But there's no explanation of exactly what "content suitable for kids" means, or how content is rated for age appropriateness.
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What's it about?
DISNEY+ is an app that allows users to stream or download TV shows, movies, and documentaries directly from their devices. Users can simultaneously stream from up to four different devices and have unlimited downloads for up to 10 devices. Setting up a profile is super easy: Choose an avatar, enter a name, and turn on the Kids profile setting if you want to. If you don't choose the Kids profile setting, there's an option to set a content rating age for each profile that will allow only content rated for that age and below. Managing profiles and making changes to the account requires a password. There's also an option to set a lock so that kids don't switch out of their profiles. Once in the content area, users can search for content manually or by using the app's pre-set search criteria, including Trending, Hit Movies, Disney Channel Favorites, Musicals, Throwbacks, and more. Some titles are available in 4K UHD and HDR.
Is it any good?
There's an impressive selection of easily accessible titles here that will appeal to a wide range of viewers. Most of the titles in Disney+ are strictly for entertainment, but there are a handful of National Geographic documentaries that are part of the Kids profile setting. Additional titles from National Geographic that older kids could enjoy are excluded from the default Kids setting but do make it past some of older age ratings filters. The GroupWatch feature can be a fun way to have a movie night with a faraway loved one, though everyone in the group needs to have a Disney+ subscription. It's really easy to create multiple profiles to suit kids of different ages. PIN-protected profiles, and password-protected changes to profiles, help give parents control over setting up and moving between profiles.
It's unclear what the difference is between the default Kids setting and the option to set a filter for including content only for a certain age and below. There's also no information about what the age ratings are based on. Some parents may find that content they don't feel is right for their kids gets through the filters they set. Being able to include or exclude titles would be great. That said, if you love Disney (or Marvel or Star Wars or Pixar or ... ), you have hundreds of viewing options here -- and ways to keep viewing kid-friendly.
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Talk about your kid's favorite shows and what you watch together. What do you like best? Why? Would you have changed anything about the story?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Science: animals, ecosystems and the environment
- Price: $7.99/month or $80.99/year
- Pricing structure: Paid (Subscriptions are $7.99/mo.;$80.99/ year)
- Release date: March 10, 2021
- Category: Entertainment
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Superheroes, Fairy Tales, Wild Animals
- Size: 112.70 MB
- Publisher: Disney
- Version: 1.13.4
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 12.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
- Last updated: September 9, 2021
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