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PBS KIDS Video

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TV show clips in easy-to-navigate app for young kids.

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

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
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
Subjects:Language & Reading: phonics, vocabulary
Math: counting, numbers, patterns, shapes
Science: animals
Arts: music
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: prediction
Communication: multiple forms of expression
Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences, making wise decisions
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:May 15, 2012
Category:Education
Size:4.80 MB
Publisher:PBS KIDS
Version:2.0.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.2 or later

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