Popcornflix Kids

App review by
Lisa Caplan, Common Sense Media
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Free videos, but with ads, cartoon violence, no controls.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn a minimal amount from passively watching what's on offer, though there's no Education category or outwardly educational videos. Though this is not intended as an education tool, many individual programs were made by public television with some intentional and ancillary learning opportunities. There's also some Spanish programming, which supports second-language development. Without any opportunity for parent curation or gating for different ages, Popcornflix Kids offers the best learning potential when parents watch and discuss with kids.

Ease of Play

The app is easy to install and use with a touch-based interface that lets kids tap on whatever they want to watch. 

Violence & Scariness

OK for young audiences but has cartoon violence in some shows; no way to curate.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Banner ads on most screens.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Popcornflix Kids is an app that sorts the child-friendly movies from the larger site, Popcornflix, and gives kids their own portal to those videos. The company is a streaming video service you can access from Web browsers, smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs and via devices such as Roku. The service is completely free to use and doesn't require any sign-up, but parents should note the app itself has some banner ads and there are shows with cartoon violence. Also, there are no parental gates or controls, and kids can easily access the Web in the "More" section.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4, 6, and 9 year old Written byTed G. February 19, 2017

Inappropriate Commercials

This is a channel that falsely markets itself as a safe place for children. While the shows themselves may be safe, some ads are what some would consider exrem... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byunicornpower145171 November 14, 2017

What's it about?

POPCORNFLIX KIDS offers a selection of shows for toddlers to 10-year-olds that are either in the public domain or from various public for-kids broadcasters. Though there are no in-app purchases or subscriptions, there are banner ads and links to social media and the Internet. Kids can browse the content freely from the home page, search by genre or for a specific title, and add titles to a general queue. There also is a selection of Spanish-language videos.

Is it any good?

The app isn’t the snazziest in terms of design, and the videos won't be your kids' favorites, but all the content is free. The movies and shows themselves are a mixed bag: Kids can watch classics such as The Adventures of Paddington Bear and some shows such as Kidzbop and The Big Comfy Couch. There also are a lot of Disney knockoffs and some classic cartoons such as Betty Boop. Even with a category geared toward 1- to 4-year-olds and another toward 4- to 10-year-olds, all the content is accessible to all users: There are no locks, gates, timers, or settings. Compared to other video apps for kids, this one is really bare-bones, so its only plus is that it's free.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what sorts of movies and TV shows are considered appropriate for your family.

  • Parents can use topics from the educational shows to talk about your kid's favorite topics.

  • Talk about the advertising in the app. Why is it there? What is it for?

  • Set expectations for how long your kid can watch during one sitting.

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