A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Nick Jr. App lets kids stream Nick Jr. shows on the iPad. An Internet connection is required to watch shows; you can't download content onto your device. Some content is available automatically, mostly short features and a few full-length episodes. To watch Nick Jr. programming live or to see most of the full-length shows requires simultaneously logging in to a cable service provider. Even though the content is streamed, the app takes up quite a bit of storage (about 500 MB) once loaded. Unlike the Nick Jr. website and the Nick Jr. Draw and Play app, Nick Jr. App is more about watching and less about applying skills.
What's it about?
With Nick Jr. App, kids can watch full episodes and short clips featuring Nick Jr. characters. Dozens of programs, including Yo Gabba Gabba, Olivia, Franklin and Friends, Team UmiZoomi, Paw Patrol, and Dora and Friends, are available with a tap. Kids can browse shows by "friend" or show title or by seeing all the content intermixed with short animations teaching letters of the alphabet. To get started, kids can tap any picture, and the content starts playing. Once an episode ends, another begins automatically. Kids also can watch live TV (the show currently playing on Nick Jr.) by logging in with a cable subscription.
Is it any good?
Nick Jr. App is easy to use for even the youngest Nick Jr. fans, and it's chock-full of quality content. And the fun goes beyond watching Nick Jr. shows. Kids can explore the whole screen, which is full of tiles of characters and letters of the alphabet. Some of the tiles lead to full episodes, which are labeled, and some open into shorter clips. Many of the short clips deliver engaging, educational information. Others are exciting teasers for the shows. Each alphabet tile contains an animation about that letter. The video quality is excellent. Kids will feel in control of what they watch, but there's no way for parents to limit how much they watch; episodes advance automatically, playing the next in line every time you finish one, so parents may want to actively monitor how long kids are watching.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what kids are watching. Ask kids questions to build comprehension and critical-thinking skills: What's this character feeling right now? What do you think will happen next? What would you do?
Ask kids why screen-time rules are important. How can you make sure you stick to them?
- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, letter or word recognition, vocabulary
Math: counting, patterns, shapes
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (Full access requires linking to cable service provider.)
- Release date: December 10, 2014
- Category: Education
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Dinosaurs, Adventures, Music and Sing-Along, Numbers and Letters
- Size: 61.70 MB
- Publisher: Nickelodeon
- Version: 1.0.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
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