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PBS Kids Go! Video



PBS puts preschool shows online. (Take that, Hulu.)

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn to improve thinking, emotional, physical, and social skills while watching clips and episodes of more than 20 PBS Kids shows, including Word Girl and Cyberchase. Clips are organized by title and theme, and several videos are in Spanish. PBS Kids television is known for teaching and entertaining kids, but PBS Kids Go! Video does little more than allow kids to watch TV online. Lack of follow-up activities to help kids apply life lessons means loss of teachable moments.

Positive messages

Kids are shown helping each other, solving problems, and making ethical choices.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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"Farted” is about as bad as it gets here.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's nothing objectionable on this video-viewing site, including no advertising, but because the site is aimed at preschoolers, parental supervision (and involvement) is recommended.

What's it about?

PBS Kids Go! Video is a branch of the PBS Kids hub, featuring favorite shows from PBS television programming. The site is divided into three sections: Shows, where kids can watch clips and episodes from their favorite PBS Kids shows; Channels, which allows kids to search by keywords such as pets, robots, crushes, etc., for matching episodes; and Games, which allows kids and their parents to play educational games as they watch their favorite episodes.

Is it any good?


As a parent, there is very little NOT to like here. Kids have access to clips and episodes from over twenty PBS Kids shows, all of which are either educational (The Greens, Kratts' Creatures, Between the Lions) or inspirational (Kids World Sports, From the Top at Carnegie Hall). Every episode has a positive message to it, whether it is green living, respect for nature and animals, active and healthy lifestyle, or dealing with life's embarrassing moments, and the shows do a good job of walking that fine line between educational and entertaining.

But all is not perfect. Sometimes it takes a couple of extra clicks to navigate the site and the games section is a little barebones (there is a whole section devoted to games at pbskids.org/go/games. Also, because this site is geared for very little children, parental involvement is highly recommended and standard screen-time limits apply.

Families can talk about...

Website details

Subjects:Math: algebra, arithmetic, money
Language & Reading: reading, speaking, vocabulary
Skills:Collaboration: cooperation, teamwork
Emotional Development: identifying emotions, perspective taking, self-awareness
Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, problem solving, strategy
Genre:Video Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 9 years old October 21, 2011

Best for kids ages 7 and up

Very impressive. However, there are some shows rated Y7. To keep it safe let's make it for kids 7 and up.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages