Kidz Bop

Common Sense Media says

Video site has social networking, lots of ads.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kidz Bop aims to promote safe social networking, as well as to entertain and empower kids to express themselves through age-appropriate pop music.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Some users describe themselves as "sexy" and post content with "sexy" poses and dancing.

Language

Videos must be approved by moderators before they're posted, and the site uses filtering software for text. The language is mostly clean, but there are a few instances of "bitch."

Consumerism

There are ads everywhere (including one before each video) and a shop that sells Kidz Bop music and related merchandise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

For kids under 13, the site does a good job of keeping parents in the loop -- they're notified by email when kids submit content, receive friend requests, and more. Kids and parents can also delete content they've posted at any time.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this site helps protect kids' privacy by prescreening videos and photos before they're published to make sure they don't contain personal information or inappropriate content. Therefore, most of the site is pretty tame, but there are a few photos and videos that might raise eyebrows -- mainly ones of kids or preteens describing themselves as "sexy" or posing or dancing in a "sexy" way. Occasionally there are language issues in the videos, with words like "bitch."

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • dance
  • film
  • music

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content

Communication

  • presenting
  • speaking

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids will enjoy posting videos of themselves singing, playing music, dancing, doing art projects, or just goofing around. Fan pages on the site promote popular books, established artists, and other people and products that kids like.

Learning Approach

Kids can get a bit of hands-on experience making and uploading videos. A section called Make My Video Rock offers guidelines for making a great video, from brainstorming ideas to assembling props to tips on lighting.

Support

Features video sharing and social networking. Parents are notified by email when kids submit content, receive friend requests, and more.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • dance
  • film
  • music

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content

Communication

  • presenting
  • speaking

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Kids can learn some light video production skills on this entertainment website, which features video sharing, social networking, and games. Instructions direct kids to create and upload videos, giving them a creative outlet for sharing their talents. Kids design a CD cover in one game, for example. Potential to help kids produce high-quality videos could get lost under heavy-handed marketing and lackluster videos.

This Learning Rating review was written by Susan Yudt

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Kids can post videos of themselves singing, playing music, dancing, doing art projects, or just goofing around. Other users can rate their videos and post comments. There's a section of kid-created fan pages on topics ranging from puppies to the Green Bay Packers. The site maintains its own fan pages that promote popular books, established artists, and other people and products. Kids can also play games, enter contests -- and buy lots of stuff.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Love it or hate it, the KIDZ BOP franchise is here to stay, with no small thanks to its website. In addition to hawking its musical wares, the site gives aspiring entertainers a chance to show their stuff -- with mixed results. Some young singers have talent, but most of the videos are more silly than soulful. The abundance of ads can get annoying, especially when users have to watch the same ad before every kid-created video they view. Since posting videos and photos online can be an iffy prospect, parents will appreciate the site's efforts to keep them in the loop when kids submit content.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why posting videos online could be problematic. Would you feel uncomfortable knowing that millions of people are watching you and judging your performance? Would you feel hurt if users rated your video negatively? Parents can also relate this to a conversation about celebrities and the pros and cons of public exposure.

  • Families can also talk about videos that feature kids who say they are "sexy." Is sexiness appropriate for kids that age?

Website details

Genre:Music
Pricing structure:Free

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About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 11 years old July 8, 2010
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
love it
What other families should know
Educational value
Teen, 16 years old Written byluke3854 June 20, 2010
AGE
2
QUALITY
 
This is a mockery of music just like rap let your kids listen to good music not this
Kid, 8 years old January 23, 2010
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
Uh... it's pretty good and that. It's good.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages

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