PBSKids.org

Website review by
Dana Villamagna, Common Sense Media
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Simple and safe; a great first site for preschoolers.
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Parents say

age 4+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 16 reviews

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Parents' guide to what's in this website.

Educational value

Kids can learn about basic concepts such as colors, identifying objects, and patterns and more advanced fare, such as Spanish. Arts-and-crafts projects can help them express their creativity; other games and activities help kids learn about animals and science, critical thinking, logic, and other concepts. Kids also will practice reading skills by hearing characters read game names out loud. The site activities are generally great, but their educational purpose isn't always immediately clear. Including a brief description with each item that lists the skills kids will learn would help parents choose the best things to do. PBSKids.org uses familiar, friendly characters to help preschoolers learn key concepts.

Positive messages

Basic preschool-style friendship, kindness, happiness messages here.

Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff
Language
Consumerism

Small ads by sponsors, such as Cuties Mandarins, on some pages. Some popular show characters are featured on commercial products, but none is directly promoted on or sold through this site. Parents and educators may come across information on the site for the subscription-based PBS Kids Play website.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that PBSKids.org is a simple, safe first online experience for preschoolers. Kids who are learning basic skills and already know many of the characters featured here from popular PBS shows such as Sesame Street and Curious George will enjoy playing games with their television friends. We don't recommend preschoolers surf around on the Internet, so make sure they stay on this site by sitting right next to them and helping them learn safe and fun online skills. Sponsorship ads do appear here, but they're relatively unobtrusive compared to some other kids' sites with more prominent ads. You also can monitor your kids' activities and receive updates with the site's corresponding mobile app for parents, PBS Kids Super Vision.

User Reviews

Parent Written byvolleyball_girly13 June 17, 2015

Odd Squad needs to go!

My children are now 12 & 13 and they like to watch PBS Kids at their grandparents house during the summer. Recently PBS has made a new show called...
Adult Written byAmy M. May 9, 2017

Heterosexual commercial verses Homosexual commercial Huh.. why not Both commercials? And make a point of religious kids getting picked on by the LBG community too

First of all, gay people are confused. I respect their decisions but I do not have to support them. Yeah, the LBG community gets all upset, frowns, throws a big...
Kid, 12 years old August 11, 2012

Great but keep an eye on younger kids

Very fun I love it BUT I don't recommend it be unsupervised for kids 8 and under because they do have a site for older kids that talks about puberty and su...
Kid, 9 years old September 3, 2010

colville

i love it because it is fun and cool!!!

What's it about?

PBSKIDS.ORG, designed for kids 4 and up, is the home base for all of PBS Kids’ offerings. The site features games, videos, and other activities that center on popular PBS live-action and animated show characters such as Noah and Thomas. Rotate the show wheel to choose your favorite character, and you'll be taken directly to their page; you also can browse the site by video or game.

Is it any good?

This educational site for preschoolers shows what PBS does best: provide basic lessons involving favorite PBS TV characters in an easy-to-use format with voice-over instructions. Organized by show, including Caillou and Arthur, there's much to do here, including watching videos, playing games, and printing out activities to do offline. With your help, your kids can play games based on a favorite character, or you can choose certain skills for them to work on, such as letters, numbers, shapes, or even Spanish. When your child outgrows this site, move on up to PBS Kids Go.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about all the skills preschoolers learn every day. Even figuring out how to operate the computer mouse is a milestone. Whether it's by watching Sesame Street on television, playing a game online, coloring at preschool, or playing their own make-believe games at home, there are so many ways for young children to grow. 

  • Even the youngest computer users can get used to the idea of computer time limits. Explain to your child why you're setting limits for them and why you want to sit with them while they're first learning how to navigate even a very safe website such as this one.

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