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What parents need to know
What's it about?
Parents start by signing up with HUVI using an email address. They then set up a profile for each family member with an icon (or picture), their age, their time limit, and their passcode, as applicable. After searching YouTube for and previewing videos, parents can add to one profile or several at a time. Parents can't simply add an entire channel, but they can add videos in bulk. Once in their profile, kids can watch what's there and nothing else. They can't follow through on recommended videos or click on embedded links.
Is it any good?
This YouTube video viewer truly puts parents in control of their kids' content, on a kid-by-kid basis. Huvi doesn't look like much; it has a bare-bones interface and no bling to be found. But it does what it's supposed to do, and it does it fairly well. It's easy to set up profiles and browse content. There are a few drawbacks, though. The first is the inability to add videos by channel. If you have a child who just wants to watch their favorite (safe) YouTuber's new content, it would be nice to add the channel and not have to add new videos several times a week. The second is that the videos are listed in a profile alphabetically with no search option or folders, making it difficult for young kids to find the episode they want to watch again. There was also a glitch that consistently crashed the app when we were trying to take a picture for a profile image, but families can get around that by taking the shot outside the app and selecting from there. Overall, these are small complaints for a free app with no advertising that is mostly geared toward younger kids who are happy watching the same 10 videos on repeat.
Talk to your kids about ...
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?
Tell your kids whether you'll use the timer, and explain how it limits kids' time in the app. Talk about your family's rules for screen time and why they're important.
Watch with your kid and discuss what you see. Since watching the videos is more passive than active, discussing content boosts learning potential.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition
Math: arithmetic, counting, patterns
Science: animals, physics, weather
Social Studies: geography, government, history
Arts: dance, film, singing
Hobbies: cooking, fashion, pets
- Skills: Communication: listening
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: October 29, 2016
- Category: Entertainment
- Topics: Music and Sing-Along
- Size: 26.80 MB
- Version: 1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
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