Hopster: Kids TV, Nursery Rhymes, Music, Fun Games

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Cute, curated content with monthly fee; only light learning.

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Educational Value

Plenty of educational content available in the videos, though only passive learning. The included games and activities lack instructions and help, have no difficulty leveling, and don't always emphasize what kids should be learning. 

Ease of Play

Some of the games are lacking in clear instructions, and some have no instructions at all. Kids will need to be able to tap, swipe, and drag.

Violence & Scariness

Some videos contain friendly monsters such as Moshi Monsters and Monster Math Squad, which most kids will find cute and silly. Others, like the Reading Rainbow series, are age-appropriate, but may have trigger content for some young kids, such as a story of a child with a parent in the military and some bossy siblings and kids who won't share.

Sexy Stuff

Some of the shows are related to highly commercial brands, such as Moshi Monsters.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hopster: Kids TV, Nursery Rhymes, Music, Fun Games is a "free" kids' media app that requires a subscription to access most of the content. Kids can draw, play some games, and listen to a few songs without subscribing, but there are only a couple of shows available for free. The pressure to subscribe ($4.99 per month) will be heavy with this one as kids can see what content is available behind the paywall. It's generally geared to preschoolers with the occasional shows that skew a bit older. Once you're subscribed, there are no ads or in-game purchases, which will be refreshing for many families. Access to the subscription area requires solving a math problem that most preschoolers will be unable to solve. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared. 

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What's it about?

HOPSTER: KIDS TV, NURSERY RHYMES, MUSIC, FUN GAMES is a media playground for preschool kids. It has a library of TV shows and music videos, available almost exclusively through the subscription service, and a handful of educational games, which require downloading before playing. There's a simple painting activity and a gardening game where kids can choose a seed, plant it, water it, and give it sun to make it grow. Subscribers to the Hopster service can download content to their devices for offline viewing.

Is it any good?

This collection of videos and games is just right for a preschool audience, but it may not add much content to those with other streaming subscriptions. Hopster: Kids TV, Nursery Rhymes, Music, Fun Games creates a safe space for preschoolers to explore video content and play. Many of the characters will be familiar, and it's useful to have a curated library that you can feel OK about for your little ones. The subscription fee ($4.99/month) isn't shocking, although it still may be a bit high for the play value over the course of a month, especially since many families already have streaming subscription services with their own curated content. And the videos on Hopster are filled with familiar characters; however, much of it can be found elsewhere online. There are a few fun activities, such as the painting and gardening experiences, and it's nice to be able to download content for offline viewing, but the included educational games are mediocre. Luckily, there's a seven-day trial (read the find print for when you will be billed for the next month) so you can try it out before you commit.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the cost of Hopster: Kids TV, Nursery Rhymes, Music, Fun Games. What is available in the free portion? Is it fun even without the subscription? How do they convince you to spend money on it?

  • How do you like this app as compared to other apps you could play? If you had (or have) limited screen time, would you pick this app over other apps on your device? Why, or why not?

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