What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
What's it about?
The Disney Music site, created by Disney and entertainment platform Vevo, debuted in fall 2013. Replacing a site dedicated to the syndicated Radio Disney station, Disney Music features items from Vevo's 75,000+ video library and songs from Disney record label artists, plus a few more features. Kids can listen to a live Radio Disney stream, watch music videos, or check out a music news blog and pages for more than a dozen tween-friendly musicians. That's all free, although you can purchase some songs through iTunes. Other songs don't link to any audio or video files, and there isn't a ton of written content; but kids should be able to find enough to justify an occasional visit.
Is it any good?
Families can talk about...
- Families can talk about how easy it is to buy many of the songs you hear on the site. Identify some fun free things to do on the site and ask your child: Does hearing a song make you feel like you need to download it right away?
- Music provides numerous opportunities for self-expression, whether you're listening to it or playing it. How do some of the site's songs make your child feel? Ask your child to identify the emotions a song describes.
- Kids can't easily connect with each other through the site, making it a generally safe experience. Discuss the concerns that can arise on sites where you can post comments and friend other users. What kind of information should kids never post?