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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Kidoodle.TV is a video streaming service designed for kids 12 and under. Users won't have to register or enter any personal information for kids to view videos, but they will need to download an app or use a Roku or other streaming device to access them. And you need a paid subscription to access any of the time limit, content choice, and other customization features. A one-week free trial is offered, which will then automatically renew. Parents can choose a four-digit code when signing up that will be required to access the account information, which should prevent kids from changing any of the settings. The streaming service offers show suggestions, based on age range, for kids who are 1 to 12 years old, but parents can deselect any of the videos that are recommended for an age group if they'd like their child to focus on specific topics.
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What's it about?
KIDOODLE.TV, launched in 2012 by the Canada-based A Parent Media Co., features ad-free episodes from more than 100 educational and entertainment-based shows for kids 12 and under. Kids will recognize familiar characters like Babar in a few shows; each episode is reviewed to ensure that it's appropriate. There's no cost to view the content, but if you want to use time limits and other controls, you'll need to pay a monthly fee. The streaming service is currently available in 140-plus countries, with more than 6,000 hours of content, and offers some shows in more than one language.
Is it any good?
This video streaming service provides dozens of safe, fun videos, some of which feature popular characters. There's plenty of content on Kidoodle.TV for kids to watch, and the videos vary in length, so they can choose from short clips to full half-hour episodes. With a paid subscription, parents can also use effective controls that let them easily customize the subject matter by age and monitor and limit the amount of time their kids spend watching videos -- including establishing a time period between bedtime and morning when kids won't be able to access any content.
But Kidoodle.TV does have a few drawbacks: Livestreaming the videos requires a decent Internet connection, and kids can't download shows to watch them later. There's also not much information explaining what the shows are about; including brief descriptions for each show/episode could make it easier to choose content. Although some items aren't learning-focused -- kids can watch funny videos of cats, dogs, and other animals, for example -- the majority of the videos seem to be educational or feature ethical themes; characters stress integrity, self-respect, and other positive traits.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how much time people should spend watching TV. Does it matter if the content is meant for entertainment vs. education? How can you make sure that kids are also enjoying other activities?
Kids: Can you describe a time that you had to decide whether something was right or wrong? How did you make the decisions?
- Subjects: Math: counting, patterns, shapes
Science: animals, ecosystems and the environment
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: investigation, thinking critically
Self-Direction: academic development, initiative, personal growth
Communication: conveying messages effectively, friendship building
Responsibility & Ethics: integrity, making wise decisions, respect for others
- Genre: Video Sites
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Adventures, Book Characters, Friendship, Wild Animals
- Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid (Subscriptions cost $4.99 a month.)
- Last updated: March 09, 2020
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