A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Kideos is the app version of the website of the same name. The free service curates kid-friendly videos from YouTube and presents them in an easy-to-navigate, kid-friendly format. Parents can set time limits and specify the age range (from 0 to 10), but there's no way to disable specific programs or content. Content includes clips from favorites such as Jake and the Never Land Pirates, My Little Pony, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Arthur, as well as kid-friendly viral favorites of cute animals and kids. Though there are no ads, some programs are cross-marketed with product lines, and there are trailers for Frozen and Inside Out.
What's it about?
Clips from the Featured channel start playing as soon as KIDEOS is opened. Kids can watch and pause, navigate using arrows to the next featured clip on that channel, or select another channel from the sidebar, which features characters and icons representing the content. These aren't full-length shows but rather clips collected from YouTube. Parents can specify an age range for the content and set time limits from five minutes to six hours -- or unlimited.
Is it any good?
Kideos is packed with the best videos for kids from YouTube. Kids will appreciate the variety of content, from a channel of truck videos to party music along with favorite characters and "cute LOL" videos. Each clip is short and automatically advances to the next on that channel. Some content, such as a channel of Minecraft videos or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles clips, is intended for older kids, while other, such as channels for Sofia the First or Elmo, are for younger viewers. Kids get a warning that their time is almost up about a minute before their allowed viewing ends. But it can be unlocked with the correct answer to a simple math problem -- so the screen-time limit is probably only going to work for young viewers who don't know addition or subtraction.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: storytelling, vocabulary
- Skills: Tech Skills: using and applying technology
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: February 25, 2015
- Category: Education
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Superheroes, Book Characters, Music and Sing-Along
- Size: 4.80 MB
- Publisher: KAPP LLC
- Version: 5.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.1 or later
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