YouTube Alternatives

YouTube is the largest video streaming site out there, but is it really the best? Kids are obsessed with watching videos, but with all of YouTube's user-generated content, it's hard to know if they're watching the good stuff or the not-so-good stuff. Kids can be exposed to loads of inappropriate content, even when using the YouTube Kids app. If you're looking for a site that's similar to YouTube but a bit more age-appropriate for your kids, we've got you covered. This list is full of kid-friendly alternative streaming sites that will have your kids watching, laughing, and even learning. And if your kid is ready to make the jump, our handy Parent's Ultimate Guide to YouTube will help you master the platform in no time.

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PBS Kids Video Website Poster Image
Quality, ad-free PBS shows (but it's still screen time).
URL: http://pbskids.org/video
(2009)
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Noggin Preschool Learning App App Poster Image
Subscribe for fave shows; might want more parent control.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2020)
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Nick Jr. App App Poster Image
Tot-friendly interface for streaming Nick Jr. shows.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2014)
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PlayKids - Cartoons and game‪s‬ App Poster Image
Content galore with shows, games; strong parent controls.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2021)
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Hopster: Pre school Learning App Poster Image
Cute, curated content with monthly fee; only light learning.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2021)
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Kidoodle.TV Website Poster Image
Safe videos for kids with parental controls -- for a fee.
URL: https://www.kidoodle.tv
(2014)
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BatteryPop Website Poster Image
Vibrant, varied-kid video network superfun, pretty safe.
URL: http://www.batterypop.com
(2014)
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Azoomee - Kids' Games & Videos App Poster Image
Fun, safe space to play, learn, communicate.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2021)
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The Kid Should See This Website Poster Image
Solid videos that aren't intended -- but are OK -- for kids.
URL: https://thekidshouldseethis.com
(2019)
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New Sky Kids Website Poster Image
Subscriptions drive constructive, quality kid-focused shows.
URL: https://newskykids.tv
(2019)
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Boomerang - Cartoons & Movies App Poster Image
Classic cartoons fun but reflect old stereotypes/behavior.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2018)
(2018)
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HooplaKidz Website Poster Image
Parental guidance best solution for kid-focused video site.
URL: http://www.hooplakidz.com
(2015)
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NBC Learn Website Poster Image
Curated news clips help clarify science, history, and tech.
URL: https://www.youtube.com/Nbclearn/videos
(2014)
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Wizard School! App Poster Image
Get inspired with curated videos and creative challenges.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2016)
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YouTube Kids App Poster Image
Solid parental controls help sort variable videos.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2021)
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Disney Music Website Poster Image
View safe videos from Disney and other tween-friendly stars.
URL: http://music.disney.com
(2014)
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TED-Ed Website Poster Image
Inspiring, entertaining videos from the world's brightest.
URL: http://ed.ted.com
(2013)
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Brainfeed - Educational Videos for Kids App Poster Image
Curated learning videos still best after parental preview.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2015)
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Teen Nick Website Poster Image
Good site for teens to watch and discuss fave Nick shows.
URL: http://www.teennick.com/
(2012)
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