Kids Listen: Podcasts for Kids

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Great collection of audio content for kids.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn a bit about other cultures, historical events, careers, and science and can practice literacy skills by listening to stories. 

Ease of Play

An intro tutorial couldn't hurt, but it's simple enough to figure out on your own.

Violence & Scariness

As content expands, podcasts will contain a variety of topics. Currently includes mention of scary creatures/experiences, bullying, fighting, etc., as well as real-world news stories, such as discussions about gun violence.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Families not subscribed will find locked content in with the free content. Tapping on it will prompt kids to subscribe for full access.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kids Listen: Podcasts for Kids hosts 38 podcasts, all geared toward kids and families. They have standards for the podcasts they work with and claim that all content is appropriate for children, but like anything else, parents will want to preview content if they have concerns. There are definitely some episodes that are geared more toward adults, but it's more likely that kids just won't be into those than they'll hear anything inappropriate. The app is free and kids can enjoy plenty of content in the free version. Access to all of the content requires registering and subscribing for $3.99 per month. For free users, the locked content will appear following the free, so expect some pressure to buy if an interesting episode comes along. Subscription info and settings are behind a multiplication/division parent gate. There's no tutorial and everything is text-based; younger kids will need some adult guidance to get started. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared. 

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What's it about?

KIDS LISTEN: PODCASTS FOR KIDS is a collection of 38 podcasts from content producers who believe in creating quality content for kids. There are stories, science snippets, history lessons, interviews, and current events discussions. Kids can browse by suggested age, alphabetical name, or curated suggestions from the publisher. They can also save their favorites for offline or repeat listening. Kids will need to be able to read or have an adult present for browsing. 

Is it any good?

Podcast content is a matter of personal preference, but there are plenty of choices here to meet the needs/interests of a wide variety of kids. Kids Listen: Podcasts for Kids isn't an app with a lot of bells and whistles, but it does what it's supposed to without any drama. It's easy to browse a few different ways, and the suggested podcasts are helpful for kids who are just getting started. The content is hit or miss, as you'd expect in this type of medium, and some episodes might appeal more to parents than to kids. With a few quirks, this is still a great way for kids to access podcasts, whether they prefer fiction or facts. And parents can opt for the free version while they make up their mind about a subscription, especially since the monthly fee may feel somewhat hefty. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the stories in Kids Listen: Podcasts for Kids. What kind of stories do you like best? Why?

  • Talk about media balance. How do you like this app in comparison with other apps you could play? As you balance your time with devices and without, would this be an app you'd choose to use? Why, or why not?

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