Jezter

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Curated content contains links to outside sites.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Some of the videos have educational content covering everything from science and technology to historical figures.

Ease of Play

Easy navigation for kids. Parents could use a tutorial or feature overview.

Violence

Games and videos with mild violence (Lego TV shows, endless run games, etc.). Parents can create playlists and choose which videos to include.

Sex

Some outside links can lead to games that feature animated women in crop tops with exaggerated busts.

Language
Consumerism

There are no ads on the app interface itself, but some of the videos connect to outside sites that use banner ads. A few of the ebooks are samples that link to Amazon to purchase the full portion. No parent gate once kids are in the content.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jezter claims to be a walled garden, contained experience for kids. It's important to note that some of the content has external links to sites with pop-up and banner ads and content parents may find inappropriate. While it's possible to create custom playlists on the parent profile which lock kids into parent-curated content, the content is spotty enough that parents will want to preview content before adding it to playlists to rule out external links, ads (especially suggestive or otherwise inappropriate ads), and so on. So while the app is meant for younger kids, the ads and links make it inappropriate for little kids. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

JEZTER is meant to be a one-stop entertainment spot for kids on their device. Adults set up a parent account where they can create playlists of any length, including videos, ebooks, and some simple games. Once they press play, the app locks into that playlist and requires a pin to exit. There's also a kid account, which has open access to all of the content with no controls or limits. With a filter, parents and kids can sort content by age bands: 2-5, 5-8, 8-11. The media is broken out into categories and includes a range of interests including music, crafts, food, science, and technology. 

Is it any good?

Claiming to provide "safe, curated content" for kids and then including media with pop-up advertising and external links is a fail. Jezter sets the bar high for itself ... and doesn't follow through. Yes, there's some fantastic content, but most of it is readily available on other, similar apps. Games that link out to potentially disturbing games -- like "Princess Anna Arm Surgery" --  or social media doesn't fulfill the promise of the safe, contained environment. It also seems counterintuitive that the parent portal is the one with the controls, while the kid portal has no controls at all. There's no way for parents to give kids a locked library of content to browse, or set up profiles for kids of different ages. Instead, they must present a linear playlist for kids to trek through. That may work for really young kids, but older ones will likely rebel from being force-fed their entertainment media. Also, aside from the ads sometimes featuring scantily clad women and links to outside sites, games are often glitchy, some of the book videos won't play, and a path to exit content isn't always clear. Ultimately, links to outside content are deal breakers in what's meant to be a curated, safe experience.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about and consider what type of content they would like their kids to have access to in general and in apps like Jezter. Check out New Healthy Media Habits for Young Kids for guidance in balancing media use with other activities.

  • How do you like this app as compared with 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?

App details

For kids who love videos and educational apps

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