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The Kid Should See This

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Solid videos that aren't intended -- but are OK -- for kids.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about a variety of topics, ranging from space to food, music, animation, and animals. The founder says the site tries to focus on science, technology, engineering, art, and math videos. Kids will get some background on topics, along with reading experience, in video descriptions; if they visit the site regularly, they may be able to connect how some issues and topics relate to others. There's a ton of educational content on the site -- some of which could be used in the classroom, and some that should just spark kids' interest in learning at home.

Positive Messages

Learning and investigation are strongly encouraged.

 

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Sexy Stuff
Language

No inappropriate content on the site, but articles link to sites where language moderation is lax and could expose users to harsh comments.

Consumerism

Kids will see static ads on various pages, and may see ads sites like YouTube include in videos; a gift guide section on the site also lists books, games, and other items the site founder recommends and includes affiliate links.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Kid Should See This features interesting content from various sources that wasn't necessarily created for kids but is age-appropriate. Viewers can't comment on videos, and clips play within the site browser, so kids shouldn't be exposed to bad language or inappropriate conversations. But they could theoretically click through to the site that houses the original video, where comment and other content parameters may be more lax. Also, because the site has no control over auto-promoted videos and ads from sites like YouTube and Vimeo that appear within videos, The Kid Should See This recommends watching selections with your child or staying within earshot and/or prescreening items for younger viewers to make sure you're comfortable with what they're viewing.

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What's it about?

After realizing her two children might benefit from watching informational videos that weren’t necessarily kid-oriented content, video producer Rion Nakaya created THE KID SHOULD SEE THIS. Curated by Nakaya and her two children, the site offers thousands of videos on how to make blueberry cheesecake, the history of chess, black holes, art installations, jazz performances, and other topics with brief descriptions. Roughly eight to 12 are added a week. Kids can search by keyword, subject, or click on topics listed under each video to find items.

Is it any good?

Don't expect to find the zany, over-the-top videos you'll see on some kid-focused sites. The thoughtfully selected, interesting clips on The Kid Should See This were taken from sources such as BBC Earth, Wired magazine, and The Washington Post -- and will inform younger viewers without talking down to them. Many items pack an educational punch. Kids will learn, for example, about how hippos and fish interact underwater and find out about Thomas Edison's lab. Other items fall more into the just-for-fun category, such as a video on hands-free snacking contraptions. Each video includes a brief, well-written description that's just long enough to be informative without being overwhelming.

Kids can enter a term to search the entire site for videos, but you can't really narrow down your viewing choices within each topic section, which may mean they have to resort to clicking through dozens of pages to find things to watch. But a note from the founder says the site plans to incorporate search refinements and other elements, so that functionality may be coming. (One of the features on that list -- the ability to bookmark items -- is currently available in testing mode, according to the site.) Parents will have to encourage any further discussion about the videos after kids watch them, since the site doesn't really offer any conversation starters. The generally short clips should offer enough information, though, to get kids interested, and hopefully encourage them to research some of the topics further.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why reading is important -- and can be fun. Is your child excited to be able read things for enjoyment? What topics might be of interest?

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  • How can kids tell if websites are providing reputable information? Can your child describe why established news sources are generally considered to be more dependable informational sources?

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