Safe YouTube alternative where parents pick video playlists.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

There's a strong emphasis on family values; the site was designed so that parents would be able to select videos based on what kind of role models and topics they'd like their kids to see.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Although the site comments seem pretty clean, the comments that parents enter about videos post instantly, and due to the apparent lack of a language filter, it's possible to type in words like "f--k."


The site doesn't contain any advertising.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that if they register on the kid video site Kidobi, they'll be able to see how much time their kids have spent on the site and control what content their child can access. Parents can also set up accounts for more than one child.

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how much time you should spend looking at websites with videos, games, and other activities. How much time is too much time? How can you have fun online but still get outside to get exercise and fresh air? Read our tips for setting screen limits.

  • This site lets parents customize what kinds of videos their kids will watch. What kind of videos do you like to watch? What kind of things did you learn from the videos on the site?

  • Some sites don't have parental controls, and you can just click and watch any video you want -- which means you can see some things meant for older viewers. Which kinds of videos are appropriate for kids your age? Which are not? How can you tell if a site has safe stuff to watch or if it is meant for older people?

Website details

Genre:Video Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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