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What's it about?
KIDDZTUBE | SAFE YOUTUBE KIDS is a curated selection of videos from YouTube. Parents create a profile for their kids with a nickname and a birth date, as well as the parent's email address. In the paid version, they create a "Favorites" list of curated content, select what type of videos kids can access, what type of quizzes kids will see, and how much time kids can watch each day. Once that's complete, kids have free access to videos in the content areas their parents have selected. There's no way for kids to search or browse; they can touch the "heart" to like a video and save it to their favorites, and they can skip to the next video, but those are the only choices. The videos will have some familiar content, such as Disney movies and Sesame Street clips, as well as lesser-known and downright obscure options. Parents can see what types of videos their kids have been watching, as well as how kids have done on the quizzes.
Is it any good?
The idea of following up video content with an interactive quiz is a clever one with lots of potential, but it's not perfect yet. While the idea of having a short quiz after the videos is great, they'll often be too easy for most kids in the target range, but too complex for little ones. In one, kids are asked, "Where is the chair?" and expected to use an arrow to point in the direction of the chair. Another asks what a character is doing and has kids choose from icons that might not be clear. Also, the inability for kids to choose by age, browse, or search means that it's only going to have appeal for a small subset of little ones who are ready for Disney movie songs but are still interested in Pocoyo and Elmo. Otherwise, parents will need to select a library of content for kids to access in the Favorites section. While parents will recognize most videos, there are more obscure ones, too. One video tells the story of Irma the inflatable mattress who suffers at the hands of a boisterous young house guest. After calling the child a "terrible kid," she partially deflates when he isn't looking, injuring him to teach him a lesson. Quality aside, it's helpful to have a truly filtered collection of content for kids (YouTube Kids has had reports of inappropriate content getting through) and kiddZtube | Safe YouTube Kids does so without including any overt advertising in the mix. There's room for growth here, but it may still fit the bill for parents who don't want to shell out big bucks for a subscription service and still want their kids to have a reasonably safe video-viewing experience.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about using educational apps like kiddZTube | Safe YouTube Kids. Is this app good for learning? Why or why not? What do you think you can learn?
How do you like this app compared with other apps you could use? If you had to choose the best use of your time on a screen, would you pick this app over other apps on your device reading stories? Why, or why not?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, storytelling
- Skills: Emotional Development: empathy, identifying emotions, labeling feelings
- Price: $4.99
- Pricing structure: Paid (free "Lite" version is also available)
- Release date: October 10, 2017
- Category: Entertainment
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Book Characters, Music and Sing-Along, Numbers and Letters
- Size: 12.30 MB
- Publisher: Magikbee
- Version: 1.0.9
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 and up; Android 4.1 and up
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