PBS KIDS Video

Common Sense Media says

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

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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
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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
Privacy & safety

Parents have the option to share video clips with friends through email, Facebook, or Twitter.

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 kids can learn

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

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids who love PBS Kids television will likely find this simple, easy-to-use collection of more than 1,000 clips from over a dozen PBS Kids shows highly engaging and sticky.

Learning Approach

Literacy skills, basic math concepts, and beginning Spanish are presented via PBS educational TV clips. A lack of interaction or follow-up activities makes for a passive learning experience.

Support

Kids can track their favorites by tapping a heart icon. Parents can read more about each show's educational goals in the Parents resources section.

What kids can learn

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

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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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
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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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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