Spotify Kids

App review by
Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media
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Super music streaming for kids; some brands, sexy images.

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

Educational Value

App includes a library of songs kids enjoy at various ages, with focused playlists that promote participation in daily routines for hand washing, brushing teeth, going to bed, and completing homework. A small collection of audiobooks is also included.

Ease of Play

Icons in app include large picture visuals and minimal text, which are easy for kids to activate if they're able to scroll and tap. Older kids can type into the search bar or use speech-to-text feature to search for preferred songs, artists, other content.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Original artwork paired with songs features many female artists in provocative poses, wearing little clothing, at times with cleavage exposed. Mature album art may appear.

Consumerism

Kids are exposed to a variety of licensed movie titles, including Trolls, The Lego Movie, Stranger Things, and Disney favorites like Star Wars and Frozen 2. Artists are also featured in their category, such as Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Spotify Kids is an app that includes a large collection of popular music and audiobooks kids enjoy. The app provides access to audio information in a format simple enough for kids to search through and use on their own, without any access to ads or inappropriate content. It's free with a three-month trial, or for those who have a paid Spotify Premium Family membership. Album art does contain some scantily clad people, cleavage, and lots of branded content. In the "Grown Ups" section, parents have access to each child's individual listening history. Controls also allow parents to block unwanted songs and book chapters. Parents can also create a list in their own Spotify account and share it with their kid. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Kid, 11 years old January 22, 2021

Try it!

First of all you can block songs that may be inappropriate for your kids. But if your kid is older (like 14) and they listen to swear songs then that's fin... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bypvzgamer March 15, 2021

What's it about?

SPOTIFY KIDS is an app-based streaming music and audio service designed for kids that includes songs across a variety of musical genres. Access to the app is free for three months with a trial or included free for those who have a paid subscription to Spotify's Premium Family plan.

To set up the app, users will first need to input the child's name and date of birth (optional) and connect the family Spotify account. Kids personalize their profile with their name and an avatar. Several avatars can be created for different children in the same household. Based on a kid's age, you can choose whether you would like them to have access to content for older kids age 5-12 or content for younger children 0-6. There are playlists of music to choose from that include colorful, large icons with big photos and brief text. Based on the age group, there are generic playlists like Lullabies, Dance, Top Hits, School of Rock, Dance Party, Movie Hits, and many more. There are also playlists from popular movies and television shows and networks such as Disney Hits, Lego Movies, Sesame Street, and SpongeBob SquarePants. Individual artists like Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, The Wiggles, Pinkfong, JoJo Siwa, and Blippi have their own categories. An audiobook category includes access to 30+ Dr. Seuss books, Captain Underpants, The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, and Disney songs and storybooks featuring The Lion King, Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, and others.

The search feature provides access to lots of other songs and artists. Kids can type in songs or artists to look for, and even use the microphone on the keyboard for voice-to-text features. Songs can be favorited and stored in the "Your Favorites" category and used offline. From devices, songs from the app can be played through other speakers in the home. In the "Grown Ups" section, parents have access to each child's individual listening history.  Controls also allow parents to block unwanted songs and book chapters after a kid has already listened to it. It's also possible to share a curated playlist with your kid from your own account.

Is it any good?

This app solves a problem many parents have faced around letting kids loose in a music library, but it's still important to be aware of the branded content and some sexy album art. For parents, kids' having access to their preferred favorites in an easy-to-navigate playlist may also make it easier to play music and audiobooks through Bluetooth on road trips and car rides. Better yet, parents may be able to hand off the device to the child to control the music, as long as it's not too much of a distraction. Some of the curated playlists have fun content for concepts kids need to learn about in a fun way, such as learning how to wash hands.

So what about those kids who are used to using Spotify already? Even though their age might be in the demographic for using the kids' app, they may not be sold on transitioning over to Spotify Kids. They won't have access to all of the songs and content they might be listening to through Spotify currently, and it does have an interface that will appeal more to younger kids. And since the upper age band serves a wide range of kids, some of the music and album art may be iffy for those on the younger side of the spectrum. Parents can easily monitor the songs their kids are listening to, block songs they don't like or feel are inappropriate, and unblock them at a later time if they change their mind. And the ability to create a playlist and share it with kids help you pick stuff you approve -- and love! For users with only one Spotify account that's shared among family members or for families with a lot of kids, upgrading the service for just a few dollars per month is worth it for the flexibility. Kids will love having access to their own profile and music, and parents will love the age categories and being able to hand over a music app without worrying about super mature content.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about all of the different genres of music and how Spotify Kids might be a fun way for kids to explore and learn about various music from artists around the world. 

  • Talk about how musicians market themselves. Why do they wear the clothes they do? What image do you think they're trying to convey?

  • Discuss the brands within Spotify Kids. What brands do you recognize? How does including music in the app help that brand?

  • Music can serve as background noise for homework or chores. It can be a way to calm others down when they are stressed. Music encourages kids to dance and exercise. However, searching for music can also become a distraction. Parents can discuss with their kids when it's appropriate to use music for a purpose, and when it's not a priority.

  • It's possible to use apps with Bluetooth in the car, so kids might have the option to be the family DJ. What will the rules be when changing from one song to another in your house or car? How will you take requests and turns for the kids while minimizing distractions?

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