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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.
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.
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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.
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Set expectations for how long your kid can watch during one sitting.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Science: animals
Arts: music, singing
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: November 19, 2013
- Category: Entertainment
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Superheroes, Adventures, Fairy Tales
- Size: 10.40 MB
- Publisher: Screen Media Venture, LLC
- Version: 2.2.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6 and later; Android 4.0 and up
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