A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
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.
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Violence & Scariness
Classes on sword fighting, boxing, ninja training have an educational focus.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Closest thing to racy is a fitness-based course on pole dancing.
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Comments appear instantly, so although most seem clean, swears could potentially slip through.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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Parents Need to Know
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.
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