A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this site features age-appropriate videos for kids and tweens, though some of the content (e.g. sharks, ghosts) might be a bit scary for very young kids. There are no interactive features that require users to share information.
What's it about?
The creators of popular grown-up video-sharing site Dailymotion recently launched DM KIDS, which features a slew of videos handpicked for younger viewers and sorted into two playlists -- one for ages 3-6 and another for ages 7-12. Videos are also grouped by subject and content provider, so kids can choose to watch all Sesame Street clips or all Nickelodeon shows, for example. Unlike its parent site, DM Kids doesn't allow users to register or share content.
Is it any good?
DM Kids has a fun, diverse mix of videos, including cartoons both classic and current, live-action educational programs, and music videos from tween-friendly artists. Kids will find many of their favorites here -- iCarly, SpongeBob, and of course, the ubiquitous Jonas Brothers -- but they might also discover something new and clever -- like the original Web series Ghost Town.
The site's design is simple and colorful, though on some backgrounds visitors can't see the set of links at the bottom of the page. Still, it's a great alternative to grown-up video sites, and its cool interface will surely be appreciated by its media-savvy target audience.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why it's helpful to have a self-contained video site for kids. How can you run into problems searching for something on a site that's meant for grown-ups? What kind of things might you find that aren't meant for kids? Read YouTube and Your Kids for tips on managing video sites.