Kidz Bop

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Video site has social networking, lots of ads.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 74 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Educational Value

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.

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
Sex

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

What 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."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written by5940india January 22, 2011
I luv those songs on on kids bop world
Adult Written byjcalis1969 December 7, 2008

KIDZ BOP while parents scratch their heads

Grandma bought one for our 3 year old on her birthday. We were all very eager to see the thing in action. We raided lots of older toys and flashlights for their... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byluke3854 June 20, 2010
This is a mockery of music just like rap let your kids listen to good music not this
Kid, 11 years old July 8, 2010
love it

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love music

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