PBS Kids Video

Common Sense Media says

Quality, ad-free PBS shows (but it's still screen time).

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

PBS does an excellent job of organizing video clips and shows by positive themes, like "family," "eating right," "team work," "sports," and "reading."

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

This online version of PBS Kids does an even better job than the televised version of keeping "corporate sponsorships" (otherwise known as ads) to a minimum. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Parents don't need to register on this site for kids to be able to watch the videos. If a parent wants to share a video clip with someone else, they must enter their email address and the recipient's email address.

 

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.

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Kids say

Is it any good?

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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.

Families can talk 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.

Website details

Genre:Video Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 9 years old March 5, 2014
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9
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I love this website

I love the videos!
What other families should know
Great messages
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Kid, 9 years old March 1, 2014
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9
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I love the videos.

I love the videos because I love watching them online anythine.
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Parent of a 5, 6, 7, 10, 10, and 17 year old Written byCharlie The Cat December 22, 2011
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6
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Over age 5 will hate it

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