Sprout Now

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Fun streaming classics and new faves require cable login.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn vocabulary, get familiar with preschool concepts, and develop social skills through watching the preschool-oriented programming. Some kids absorb the information they see and hear in televisions programs, but the experience can be mind-numbing for other kids. Parents can help the educational experience by engaging kids in conversation and real-world experiences to support what kids are watching. Not all the content is educational, but parents will find lots of teachable moments in the shows on Sprout Now.

Ease of Play

Kids can navigate easily, starting shows, pausing, and picking up where they left off.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Some shows have some cross-marketing of products, books, and other apps.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sprout Now is a streaming service that connects via a log-in from your cable service or television service provider. Kids can then stream Sprout shows or watch live programming. Sprout programming is geared to young kids, especially preschoolers. No personal information is required from kids, but location data is collected and parents will have to provide their cable or television subscription information. The privacy policy explains how information collected is used.

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What's it about?

Using SPROUT NOW, browse shows by image and title, search by keyword, or choose a featured program. From there, kids can choose the episode they want to watch or add the show to a watch list, where shows they've marked or started watching but not yet finished show up. Kids can also watch live Sprout programming on the device. Parents will have to sign in with their television service provider information, but three episodes are available without a log-in. In the settings, parents can choose to allow videos to play over cellular data and to sync the watch list over iCloud.

Is it any good?

The interface for streaming preschool-friendly shows -- originals and classics -- is intuitive for even the youngest viewers but lacks parental controls for setting screen-time limits. The dozens of programs include classics such as Madeline, The Adventures of Paddington Bear, and the Berenstain Bears as well as new favorites such as LazyTown, Caillou, and The Chica Show. There's a small dose of diversity in the offerings, but it'd be nice to see even more. Though kids can navigate on their own, parents don't have controls to limit the number of episodes or length of time kids watch, which would be a handy feature. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about using screens in balance with other activities and establish clear expectations for kids about when, where, and how long it's OK to watch programs. It may be helpful to talk to young kids in terms of how many episodes they should watch in one sitting.

  • Watch a program with your child occasionally to discuss the characters and what is happening. Educational programming is most effective when kids can talk about what they've watched.

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