Parents' Guide to

Great Big Story

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Mini video docus inspire, enrich, include implicit ads.

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High-quality, short videos offer interesting tidbits to enrich kids' minds, pique their curiosity, inspire them to do big things -- and to introduce them to big corporate brands. There's a great variety of story type with an emphasis on people doing amazing or unique things and interesting tidbits from around the world. The positive spin to all the stories is refreshing and leaves viewers with a good feeling. Of course, the warm fuzzy feeling of goodness is also to the great advantage of Great Big Story's corporate sponsors. Sponsorship ranges from subtle tags such as "this story was brought to you by" to entire videos that seem like feel-good commercials for the brand. Though parents will appreciate the positivity that abounds, they'll likely want to address some of the commercialism issues. The videos themselves are beautifully produced, but it would be nice to see some additional navigation tools in the app, such as build your own playlist. All in all, the stories in Great Big Story facilitate marveling at the wonders of the world and of humankind.

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