What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that preschool crowd-pleasing Disney Junior is the newest site in the Disney.go.com network; both the site and Disney Junior TV are Playhouse Disney replacements. The site features basic educational games, videos (including some full-length shows), and printables of favorite Disney characters both new and classic, including Handy Manny, Special Agent Oso, Buzz Lightyear, and the cadre of Disney Princesses.
Is it any good?
Disney Junior is likely to be a winner with the youngest computer users who are Disney fans. Voice-over instructions ensure that kids don't need to be reading yet to enjoy the games and videos here. The printable coloring pages, crafts, and fun tips for parent-led activities are good ways to get younger kids off the computer and back to playing in the offline world.
Online interaction: The Disney Junior site doesn't allow users to interact in any way.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how much computer time for young children is healthy. Read Common Sense Media's Setting Computer Limits Tips.
Ask your child what his or her favorite games and shows are on this site, and see if what they're learning matches up with their developmental stage and appropriate media life at this age.