App review by
Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
TV show clips in easy-to-navigate app for young kids.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 6 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn basic educational elements such as pre-reading and literacy skills, basic science concepts, vocabulary, basic math concepts (such as counting and patterns), and more. Kids can also learn about a variety of more specialized topics such as animals on Wild Kratts, or Spanish on Oh Noah. This is not an interactive app; yet, by watching these well-crafted shows, kids can practice prediction skills and view models of characters making wise decisions. PBS KIDS Video is a safe and educational viewing choice, but lack of interaction or follow-up activities makes for a passive learning experience.

Ease of Play

This app is very easy for kids to use. Tapping the show channels is sufficient for the very young, and the additional selection features are easy to navigate for those who are looking for more control. Navigation controls allow kids to skip to the next clip, return to the previous clip, and pause. Kids can also choose specific clips from each show, bookmark favorites, and tap the video portion of the screen at any time to make the video clip full-screen.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

There is a link in the parent section that tells about other PBS Kids apps and where the videos can be purchased. The app also tells parents what time a show airs on television.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that PBS KIDS Video is an educational app for kids to watch a variety of clips from more than a dozen PBS Kids shows. The app allows parents to share video clips with friends through email, Facebook, or Twitter. Users can also tap a link to buy videos. Note that the videos autoplay, and there's no way to turn off that functionality, which can make setting limits harder for parents. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTjb1995 October 9, 2020

Livid parent

Sent in the PBS tablet to be fixed. Instead they send me one with some other kids name on the back of it. Couldnt use it becuase i didnt have a password to get... Continue reading
Adult Written byDeborahJGatliff July 14, 2021


One of the Best we've found.
Teen, 13 years old Written byPhysiso October 14, 2015


Bad Network but ok for 2+
Teen, 13 years old Written byShrekTheMinion January 2, 2022

What's it about?

Kids tap the icon of the desired show from a list on the side of the main screen. All shows are identified by an easily recognizable character icon. A kid-friendly toolbar allows kids to navigate shows, pause, and play. Kids tap on the video to toggle to full screen. Parents can swipe the information tab for more details about each show, search for related apps, buy videos via iTunes, and find local PBS station show times.

Is it any good?

PBS KIDS VIDEO is a simple, no-frills app that presents kids with clips from over a dozen PBS Kids shows. It has an attractive interface and is easy to navigate, even for the very young. It acts like a simplified television for kids, where all they can watch are PBS Kids video segments. Clips range from less than one minute to about five minutes, so it is easy for kids to choose content from a variety of shows. Being able to turn off autoplay and having extension activities would be great additions to the app.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Swipe the information tab to read information about the show being viewed, including age range and educational goals.

  • If your kid connects especially well with one character or show, consider downloading the related PBS Kids app that links from this app.

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