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PBS Kids Video
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that PBS KIDS VIDEO gives kids access to hundreds of video clips and full episodes of their favorite PBS shows. Currently 14 different preschool and early elementary-appropriate PBS shows like Dinosaur Train, Clifford, and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood are listed on this video portal site. Videos range from two to more than 20 minutes long, and they're searchable by name and topic.
Is it any good?
From using the word "Big" instead of "Maximize" to increase the size of the video currently playing, to listing the time of each clip or full episode, PBS creates both a child- and parent-friendly video portal site. Most parents clearly don't want their preschoolers or young grade-school age kids exploring YouTube or other video sites. But the PBS Kids Video site can be easily navigated even by preschoolers (but parents should always sit with kids this age when they're using the computer). One caveat: Once a show is selected, each clip will run consecutively into the next, so if parents aren't paying close attention, a child could easily be sucked into far too much screen time without even noticing.
Talk to your kids about ...
Why PBS shows are good, quality shows. Ask your preschooler why they like some of their favorite PBS shows, and tell them why you like them, too. Read about how a PBS Kids series helped lower income kids learn to read.
Discuss why television time is still television time, whether watching it on a flat screen or a computer monitor.
Consider clicking on the "Games" portion of the video site with your child and take their love of a particular show into the more interactive realm of PBS Kids' educational games.