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New Sky Kids

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Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Subscriptions drive constructive, quality kid-focused shows.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about treating other people with respect, being responsible, and other positive attributes. Characters offer a glimpse at some potential careers, such as law enforcement and working in broadcast news. Various episodes involve solving mysteries, which requires logic and investigation. Some cooking instruction is also offered in a show. Kids can't really personalize the viewing-based experience, and the site doesn't provide additional materials to help them process the themes that are shown, but kids will get a chance to observe techniques such as storytelling and characterization that are used in filmmaking, though.

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Storylines in shows stress themes like showing compassion.

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According to the creators, the site won't ever feature ads. A Shop Gear section is listed in the site navigation but doesn't currently contain any products. A $59 annual subscription or $5.99 monthly option is required to view content, and parents can sign up for free seven-day trial.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that New Sky Kids provides episodes of a dozen shows that were written for and primarily feature kids. By housing the content on its own site and an app, New Sky Kids is able to provide a venue for purely safe, appropriate content. The site is ad-free, but there's an annual or monthly subscription requirement. A week-long free trial is available, and parents will need to enter their credit card information to sign up for it.

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What's it about?

Created in 2014 by parents who made videos with their kids and their kids' friends, the NEW SKY KIDS platform includes shows such as High Top Princess, where shoes give the main characters powers, Mighty Missions, featuring kids portraying police officers and other public servants, and an outdoor challenge-based competition show. New Sky Kids' YouTube channel has more than two million subscribers, according to the producers. In December 2019, they launched this subscription-based streaming service kids can view online or via an app.

Is it any good?

Kids portray young superheroes, adult law enforcement professionals, and other characters in 12 original shows that can be viewed on the site. The content for New Sky Kids is also available in an app. In addition to being a manageable length -- typically about 10 minutes long -- the episodes do a good job of including humor without being hokey. Complaining about an office prankster, for example, a broadcast journalist exclaims they've even found goldfish in the toilet due to a joke -- which he exasperatedly points out were real goldfish, not the cracker kind.

New Sky Kids was started five years ago by parents whose original intent was to make movies with their children, but that doesn't mean you should expect amateur filmmaking -- the camera angles, acting, and other elements are decidedly above average. An episode of "Little Heroes: Rescue Squad" that involves a hot chocolate stand opens with a close-up of the entrepreneur pouring marshmallows into a bowl, hanging a sign, and arranging cups. In another show, the special effects include a superhero levitating her friend's phone across the room. The friend, who has turned a monotone black-and-white shade due to being bummed out by negative comments someone made about her social media post, is able to eventually cheer up the person who posted the remarks. That's a plot twist that's very in-line with New Sky Kids' mantra -- encouraging kids to do good and be great. Many of the shows emphasize positive behavior, such as being understanding and apologizing if you've hurt someone’s feelings. There's a cost involved in viewing the content, and a subscription can total nearly $60 a year. But with a decent amount of quality episodes available and more scheduled to be added on a weekly basis, according to the producers, parents may not mind paying for access to New Sky Kids' age-appropriate programming choices.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the New Sky Kids episodes' themes, and what behavior they emphasize. What positive choices did the characters make?

  • Does your child ever feel like being young means you won't be able to succeed at something? Why is it important for them to realize the positive moments of being young?

  • Can your child point out an example of a scene that presented a situation in a creative or unique way?

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