Kidjo - #1 Educational App for Kids

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Kid videos with screen-time limits for subscribers.

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn some basic preschool- and kindergarten-level skills, as well as subject-specific skills (such as science experiments, origami, and yoga). Kids age 3 to 7 also can learn some basic practical life skills (hand washing, the importance of vitamins, and making crafts). There also are animated bios of famous people and lots of entertainment-based videos, some with social/emotional lessons and creative projects such as making crafts.

Ease of Play

Very easy for kids to choose and play the videos. Simple parent controls allow parents to set screen-time limits and the kinds of videos played.

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Sexy Stuff
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Consumerism

Some of the videos include characters from other media, such as the Mr. Men books or Garfield comics. Free version very limited, and kids can see the locked subscriber-only videos in the free version.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kidjo - #1 Educational App for Kids is a curated-video app for kids up to age 7. A few sample videos are available, but most have a lock that can only be opened by purchasing a $4.99/month subscription. Some just-for-fun videos on Kidjo include recognizable characters (Garfield and Mr. Men), while others include educational content. Parents can choose whether they want educational videos only, entertainment only, or a mix. Parent settings also include screen-time limits, the ability to auto-play the next video, and language options (English, French, and Spanish). Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To begin using KIDJO - #1 EDUCATIONAL APP FOR KIDS, enter your kid's name, age (up to age 7), and a photo. Select a video by tapping on it from a menu of many video series (most of them are locked on the free version). Parents can view the length of the video on each one prior to choosing it. Once you tap on a video to select it, an ad to purchase a premium subscription appears. Either subscribe for full access or minimize that to go back to the video screen. Premium users can store videos under the Backpack icon to watch offline. Parents can also set controls to limit viewing time for up to three kids.

Is it any good?

If you subscribe, there's a lot of educational and just-for-fun shows and clips to watch on this app, but the quality is hit or miss. Kids can watch full-length cartoons, yoga instructional videos, letter sounds, manners, and more on Kidjo - #1 Educational App for Kids. Videos are often brief, but some are quite long (45 minutes or more). Some videos are better quality and have more solid content than others, so it may require some previewing by parents to select the really worthwhile ones to watch. Parent controls for screen time, auto-play, and language are useful features that many parents love, so while some of the videos are only so-so, the settings may be enough for some parents to want to subscribe.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about limits on Kidjo - #1 Educational App for Kids. When your kid notices that their time is running out or the game is over, help them understand why you set limits.

  • Talk about educational vs. entertainment videos, and explain that well-made educational videos can be entertaining!

  • What does your kid want to learn? Animal facts? Origami? Magic tricks? Yoga? Find corresponding videos for them and then help them practice or discuss their newfound knowledge.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, vocabulary
    Math: numbers
    Science: animals
    Arts: movement
  • Skills: Creativity: making new creations
    Health & Fitness: hygiene and self care, exercise
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to Try
  • Subscription price: Full access to premium features $4.99/mo.
  • Release date: January 25, 2017
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 72.60 MB
  • Publisher: Kidjo
  • Version: 2.0.803
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.2 or later; Android 4.4 and up.

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