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Podcasts

App review by
Stacy Zeiger, Common Sense Media
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Sift through iTunes' mixed bag of audio and video content.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about a wide variety of topics by listening to audio podcasts and watching video podcasts. Although the app itself features podcasts on a wealth of topics, some designed to educate and others designed to entertain, kids can still find a large selection of interesting podcasts that will help them learn more about the topics that interest them. Once they find podcasts they like, kids can listen to the latest episodes, gaining more knowledge each time they listen and learning how to track a story or an idea from episode to episode. Under a parent's watchful eye, Podcasts can be yet another resource for learning and fun. 

Ease of Play

Search for interesting podcasts by name or keyword or by browsing categories of popular shows.

Violence

Some podcasts may contain references to violence.

Sex

Some podcasts may cover the topic of sex or contain sexual references.

Language

Some podcasts feature inappropriate language.

Consumerism

Many podcasts for kids feature popular brands and characters. Individual podcasts also may contain advertisements.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some podcasts include references to and discuss the topics of drinking, drugs, and smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Podcasts gives kids a way to access the vast selection of free podcasts available through iTunes. As a result, you'll definitely want to monitor the categories your kids choose podcasts from and, in many cases, preview the content before allowing them to listen. However, there are some great, kid-friendly podcasts out there, and once you find the ones you trust, you can subscribe to and opt to automatically download the latest episodes, making it easier for kids to find new, appropriate podcasts to enjoy.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byTheGeekWave January 6, 2017

Podcast is the audio only YouTube.

Podcasts are great, however, if they are explicit they get an explicit rating marched with a red e. Some podcasts contain sponsors and many have consumerism. If... Continue reading

What's it about?

PODCASTS helps give kids access to all the free podcasts iTunes has to offer. They can choose to download individual podcasts or subscribe to a series to keep up on all the latest episodes. To find the podcasts that interest them most, kids can search for a particular podcast by name or browse all the available podcasts by keyword or category. The available categories cover a range of subject areas and age groups, with the Education and Kids & Family categories offering the most kid-friendly podcasts. All the categories organize podcasts by both audio and video podcast series. Clicking on a series brings up a list of the podcasts available for download and the option to subscribe to the series. Once kids have selected episodes to download or series to subscribe to, those podcasts appear on the My Podcasts page, where they can organize their podcasts and customize the settings to change features such as whether to automatically download the latest episodes or delete played episodes. A My Stations page also allows users to organize their favorite podcasts into stations so they can listen to multiple episodes in sequence or make it easier to access key podcasts using other Apple devices and software. When it comes to actually playing a podcast, kids can use Siri to bring up a podcast by name or by asking Siri to play a particular station, or they can play a particular station or episode directly in the Podcasts app.

Is it any good?

The huge selection of podcasts available to browse is both the best and worst thing about this app. Kids should get a kick out of the old-school radio-show style of most audio podcasts; although the format is retro, the content can be very modern. Unfortunately, finding quality podcasts on a particular topic takes some time. Yeah, kids can simply search for a particular word or browse the categories, but they'll come up with a wealth of podcasts -- some that will fit the bill and others that will contain inappropriate or simply low-quality content. However, once kids find some of their favorite podcasts, they'll enjoy downloading and listening to the latest episodes. A handy settings feature allows them to determine how many episodes to have available at a given time, whether to automatically download new episodes, and whether to keep played episodes, which helps control the amount of memory the app uses. Note that without careful management of these settings, kids could quickly find themselves with a large amount of memory taken up on their devices.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the podcast format. What's different about it compared to TV shows or online videos?

  • Come up with ideas for a family podcast and record a sample episode.

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