Spotify Kids

App review by Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 4+

Super music streaming for kids; some brands, sexy images.

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Free to try Music

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 9+

Safer, customizable Spotify for younger audiences - "older" experience gets questionable

Spotify Kids is an attempt at a safer Spotify experience for children, and for the most part, it achieves that. The interface is quite kid-friendly, though a little forcing in its hand of curated playlists versus letting kids search and play songs on demand. (Parents can also add their own playlists with any music from the main app.) The "younger" experience for ages 0-4 is full of toddler-friendly tunes but will easily bore an older child. Spotify Kids recommends its "older" experience for ages 5-12, and some of the songs that they've picked out may raise an eyebrow for tweens and definitely for kids as young as five. Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello's "Senorita" is available, which contains the word "d*mn" and the lyric "Ooh, when your lips undress me, hooked on your tongue". Billie Eilish's "bad guy" is also available, with the lyrics "Bruises on both my knees for you" and "Might seduce your dad type". Thankfully, Spotify Kids allows you to view your child's entire listening history and block any songs you don't want played again from appearing, but it's difficult for a parent to catch everything possibly questionable without their kid hearing it first.

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Easy to play/use
age 7+

A promising service

Hi! Today I will share my thoughts on Spofity Kids. So my family has had Spofity Premium for about a year now, but we only just heard about Spofity Kids about month ago. When we did, we were intrigued because my children (11M, 8F, and 7F) were getting into music and we wanted to make sure they were listening to appropriate music. So we downloaded the app, made a few accounts for my children, and asked them what they thought. My eldest (11M) said it was "fine" and a little "babyish" but that was fine, at least we could monitor his listening habits. My oldest daughter (8F) was immediately hooked, loving the avatars (monsters) she made. Now this is where I have my first problem. Although my 11 and 8 year olds were fine with these monster-avatars, my youngest (7F), who is a little sensitive, was a little spooked by the monster, so we had to make her monster for her. Not a gigantic issue, but one that parents should know about. So the first week went well, although we had some issues monitoring Jacob (my oldest)'s music. But yeah the app is really kid friendly, with lots of colors and fun audiobooks. But then my husband and I encountered another issue. You see, I don't want my children listening to Katy Perry, specifically her song "Shake it Off" because she uses the Lord's Name in vain and "hella". And also because the music video is TERRIBLY inappropriate (but luckily you can't see the music video in Spofity Kids). One last issue we found in the first week of using Spofity Kids was the amount of brands my children were exposed to. Some brands they were exposed to were un-Christian (like Stranger Things and Frozen). A few more things I would like to address is the great playlists and songs for all kinds of kid-related activites (like brushing teeth and doing homework). But, on the flip side, an issue is that a lot of the pictures (especially of the female artists) sometimes have revealing clothing and were in inappropriate poses, which I don't want my 11 year old to get excited about. Lastly, I would like Spofity Kids to add some more Christian music so that my kids can get closer to the Lord. So another app that I can compare this to is YouTube kids (which I use) so if you use that and love music and have Spofity Premium, then this is the streaming service for you and your kids.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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