Curious

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Video education site with many classes not always academic.

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age 10+
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Educational Value

Kids can learn about writing code, speaking another language, making jewelry, and dozens of other topics in instructional videos, often presented in multiple segments. Many courses, such as how to play a guitar, may appeal to younger users. Others, such as the site's electrical-home-improvement course, may not. Some courses don't have an overwhelming educational value. Kids may not, for example, walk away from the 10-lesson Basic Makeup Application module with a greater understanding of how the world works. But the content is generally inoffensive/OK for kids to watch, and students get personal feedback from teachers on many courses on homework they're assigned. Curious has a wide variety of content and presents it in interesting ways, which may help kids better understand and retain the material.

Positive Messages

Endorses lifelong learning, provides instruction on a wide variety of subjects, including living a healthy life.

Violence

Classes on sword fighting, boxing, ninja training have an educational focus.

Sex

Closest thing to racy is a fitness-based course on pole dancing.

Language

Comments appear instantly, so although most seem clean, swears could potentially slip through.

Consumerism

Kids won't see a ton of ads, but a paid subscription is required to access most site content.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Kids could come across drink recipes, wine-appreciation courses.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Curious is a video-based site designed to teach users about various subjects. Kids can register for the site for free by entering their full name, email address, and a password, but, aside from a few free items, the content costs money. Users can sign up for a free one-week trial if they enter credit card information. Subscriptions cost $6.99 a month with a one-time annual payment or $14.99 on a month-to-month basis. Most content is safe and not controversial, although comments that are posted in real time could be questionable. For details on the kinds of information collected and shared, read the site's privacy policy.

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Adult Written byIvan O. August 31, 2017

Life long learner and happy multi year subscriber

I love curious because there seems to be so many ways to learn something, even if you only have a few minutes to kill. I often use the app when I'm waiting... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Founded in 2012, CURIOUS describes itself as a marketplace that matches learners with exceptional teachers from around the globe. The site's more than 13,000 online courses are grouped into eight main categories, covering technology and business, crafts, music and arts, language, health and fitness, food, DIY projects, and academic offerings (located in the site's Brainy section). Classes are taught by book authors, organizations, bloggers, and other instructors who personally respond to questions and class homework. Users can check out a free preview of each course but will need to subscribe to the site to view most of its content.

Is it any good?

This video website's thousands of courses are certainly an unconventional way of learning. Not all of its courses are academic -- some cover topics such as crocheting and cake decorating. Kids probably won't be able to find a course to correspond with every subject they're learning in school; the site doesn't seem to have sessions on every U.S. historical era, for example, or every scientific concept. But the site's courses are all educational, and the material, which Curious reviews to ensure it meets the site's quality standards, isn't vulgar or offensive. As an added bonus, teachers assign homework and provide individualized feedback, making the experience feel more interactive -- and less like binge-watching educational videos.

A paid subscription is required to use the site, which may be a deterrent for some parents. But if you're looking for a way to amp up your child's excitement about learning, the site's mix of hobby-based and scholastic lessons may do the trick. Even though you don't really have to worry about kids coming across crude content, you may want to help your child select courses. Being involved in your child's Curious site use will let you add some lessons that relate to your child's schoolwork -- and, because user profiles list completed and in-progress courses, help you track your child's progress.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why learning doesn't have to end when you finish school. What things have you've learned, and how did you learn them, as an adult?

  • Curious provides a visual way to find out about new topics. Do you prefer to learn things by reading about them or watching a video and looking at pictures? Which method makes concepts easier to understand and remember?

  • Curious vets its instructors and course videos to make sure they provide value. How can you gauge whether something you're reading or watching is a credible, reliable source of information? Discuss legitimate information sources with your child, and describe several ways they can be identified. 

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