A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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.
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 ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Language & Reading: phonics, vocabulary
Math: counting, numbers, patterns, shapes
- 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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