Kids Videos & Songs kiddZtube
By Christy Matte,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Safe video viewer with curated videos and quizzes.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Videos with educational content cover basic early learning such as numbers, letters, colors, shapes, and emotions. Quizzes may be too easy for some, and confusing for others.
Ease of Play
Main menu is busy, can feel overwhelming. Generic images with text labels and no audio clues may make it hard for nonreaders to navigate. Quizzes have icons with very little labeling or context, making it difficult for everyone.
Violence & Scariness
Videos are supposedly handpicked and reviewed by humans. But with a large library of often mediocre-quality videos, it's possible that kids might run across some mildly violent content.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Videos are supposedly handpicked and reviewed by humans. But with a large library of often mediocre-quality videos, it's possible that kids might run across some mildly suggestive content such as tight-fitting clothing or unrealistic body shapes.
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Videos are supposedly handpicked and reviewed by humans. But with a large library of often mediocre-quality videos, it's possible that kids might run across some unkind but typically age-appropriate language in some videos.
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Products & Purchases
No overt ads, but product placements may sometimes appear, such as a Lightning McQueen toy car in a video about colors.
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Kids Videos & Songs kiddZtube
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What’s It About?
KIDS VIDEOS & SONGS KIDDZTUBE is a curated selection of original video content and selections from YouTube. Parents create a profile for their kids with a nickname and a birth date, as well as the parent's email address. Parents can create a "favorites" list of curated content, and select what type of videos kids can access 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 may have some familiar content, such as Winnie the Pooh, but most are less well-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 creating a safe space for young kids to view video content is great and has lots of potential, but this collection doesn't always deliver on content quality. Many videos are original Kids Videos & Songs kiddZtube content that unfortunately just aren't all that impressive. Some content is downright odd, such as one video that 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. Given that, the selection is quite large, though the main menu will easily feel overwhelming for little kids. And, especially with the autoplay that automatically loads video after video, kids can easily get sucked in to watching one mediocre-quality video after another. Parents do have some control, though. They can select a library of content for kids to access in the favorites section, and set daily viewing limits. The idea of incorporating a short quiz after the videos -- as the developer says the app does -- is also great, but the quizzes don't seem to actually be paired with any videos. Instead, quizzes are on their own in a separate menu. The quizzes also are either too easy for most kids in the target range, too complex for little ones, or just don't make any sense at all. In one, kids are asked "Where is the chair?" and are 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 are not at all clear. Though the developer claims that teachers handpicked all the videos and made the quizzes, it's hard to understand why teachers would create quizzes like this for young kids. But quality aside, it can be helpful to have a collection of filtered content without including any overt advertising in the mix. There's a lot of 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 but 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 Kids Videos & Songs kiddZtube. 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? Why, or why not?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, storytelling, Math: numbers
- Skills: Emotional Development: empathy, identifying emotions, labeling feelings
- Pricing structure: Free to try (Subscription costs $4.99/month; 1 week free trial available.)
- Release date: March 17, 2021
- Category: Education
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Book Characters, Music and Sing-Along, Numbers and Letters
- Publisher: Magikbee
- Version: 3.1.20
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 and up; Android 5.0 and up
- Last updated: March 18, 2021
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