KidKam

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Safe video site could use a stronger search tool.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about a variety of topics through educational and instructional videos. They can, for example, learn simple magic tricks in the game section, learn about counting, telling time, and adding and subtracting. They can also view nature and animal-related clips and find out about some historical characters and events. Overall, it's an interesting mix of topics -- parents will likely be able to find something their child is interested in watching. Some clips pack more of an educational punch than others, but they're all prescreened, so you don't have to worry about your child watching something inappropriate. KidKam tries to collect a large number of safe, kid-friendly videos in one place for young eyes to enjoy.

Positive Messages

Many videos are educationally oriented, have a "learning is fun" vibe.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Kids won't see a ton of ads, but parents are encouraged to sign up for a $3-a-month premium account, which lets them create unlimited playlists, utilize custom age, category, content filters, use screen-time controls.   

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that KidKam is a video-centric website designed for kids. There's no offensive content, and a number of videos are designed to be educational as well as entertaining. You don't have to register to watch the site's videos, but you'll need an account to create any playlists, subscribe to follow certain screeners, and report videos. Registration requires entering a username, a password, and an email address. Kids under 13 are told not to register, but no age verification is required. For details on the kinds of information collected and shared, read the site's privacy policy.

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What's it about?

KIDKAM is a video site designed around providing videos to kids. Teachers, pediatricians, and other adults suggest and screen all the videos on the site to ensure they're kid-appropriate. Videos are divided into 10 basic categories: fun, educational, songs and music, literacy, TV and movies, animals, math, games, science and technology, and health and safety. Parents can also search for content by grade level, rating, and popularity. Some videos feature PBS Kids show clips, Bob the Builder, and other well-known kids' characters.

Is it any good?

Parents looking for a safe video source will be happy to know that this site's reviewers assess each clip that gets posted to ensure everything's OK. The video length varies -- some are around five minutes, and others last for nearly a half hour. Each includes a brief description, and most have an educational theme, touching on topics ranging from gravity to letter sounds. Most are geared toward kids; a few, such as a video on car-seat installation and one on the hepatitis B vaccine, are clearly for adults. (Parents curate what content kids will see, though, so that shouldn’t be a big deal.) Parents may be annoyed by the pop-up windows that appear frequently, urging them to register for the site if they haven't already. You'll also see regular, albeit more subtle, suggestions to upgrade to a paid subscription, which provides extra parental controls and lets you create more playlists. But the free version offers full viewing access and two playlists -- which can be plenty for some users.

The only other drawback involves the site's search capabilities. Videos are listed by general subject, and a drop-down menu lets parents search by category and grade level, which is great. Including functionality to let parents further refine their search results would be a welcome addition to the site -- and would save parents from having to scroll through the dozens of options that come up when you search for a fairly general topic, such as history, to find specific clips that support what their child is learning in school. But for parents who are looking for a site that has plenty of kid-friendly material, KidKam should easily provide a safer alternative to YouTube or other unrestricted video sites.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the amount of time kids should be watching online videos and/or TV shows. What kinds of limits should you set on video viewing, even if what you're watching is educational?

  • Talk about how to tell whether a video site is OK for kids or meant for adults. What signs should kids watch for?

  • If your child comes across something inappropriate on a video site, what should happen? Discuss situations in which your child should ask a parent or other adult whether a site is OK to watch.

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