Parents' Guide to


By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Safe YouTube alternative where parents pick video playlists.

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KIDOBI offers kids who love to linger on YouTube a safer option for watching videos online. Parents create an account and handpick which videos their child can see; the videos are educationally based, centering on topics like counting and simple science questions. They're also very kid-appropriate -- so there's little chance your child will stumble across any adult content. Once parents have created a playlist, kids can watch a full screen version of the videos in a slideshow-type succession.

The only snag: The site, which is still in beta, clearly has a few kinks to work out. There's no language filter for the site comment fields, which could lead to problems; and although you're asked to request an invitation to the site by entering your email address on its homepage, doing so doesn't complete the registration. To log in and create a parental account, you really need to select the site's "login with Facebook" option -- which could be an issue for parents who don't use the social networking site.

Online interaction: There's a comment field for parents to post thoughts about the videos; comments appear instantly.

Website Details

  • Genre: Video Sites
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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