kiddZtube | Safe YouTube Kids

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Safe video viewer with curated videos and quizzes.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational value

Educational content consists primarily of clips from Sesame Street. Quizzes may be too easy for some, and confusing for others. 

Ease of play

The main menu has generic images with text labels and no audio clues, making it hard for non-readers to navigate. Quizzes have icons with no labels at all, making it difficult for everyone. The app freezes regularly or gets "stuck" on a video with no way to exit or skip ahead.

Violence & scariness

With a range of content, there are some videos with mild violence, such as the "I'll Make a Man Out of You" training musical number from Mulan

Sexy stuff

Expect videos with tight-fitting clothing and unrealistic body shapes, such as the "Gospel Truth" musical number from Hercules

Language

Occasionally, parents should expect to find unkind but typically age-appropriate language in some videos.

Consumerism

In addition to a large percentage of popular franchise video content, product placements may appear, such as a Lightning McQueen toy car in a video about colors. 

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that kiddZtube | Safe YouTube Kids is a curated selection of videos in the categories of songs, learning, cartoons, and stories. The videos are paired with interactive quiz questions for semi-interactive viewing. The app is geared toward kids younger than 9 (2008 is the earliest birth year you can choose for a profile). Some icons in the quiz sections aren't labeled at all, so it could be tricky for kids to figure out what they represent. Upgrading from the free version gives access to more features, like creating a list of favorites, but parents can't control what's in the general categories. The parent area (blocked by a double-digit addition parent gate) has controls for the maximum use time per day, the categories of video available, and the types of quizzes kids will see. There's also an area that shows what type of videos kids are watching and how they've done on the quizzes so far. Teachers can also create curated videos with quizzes attached. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.  

User Reviews

Parent Written byFilipe M. February 20, 2018

Awesome! Makes video watching safe and interactive

Like other families, we have a lot of concerns with Youtube, because our kids get easily exposed to inappropriate content. When we found this app we started to... Continue reading

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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?

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