Parents' Guide to

Tickety Toc

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 2+

Upbeat Nick Jr. time-telling site may require grown-up help.

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Tickety Toc reflects lots of themes from Nick Jr.'s show: Tommy and Tallulah cheerily work to complete tasks, often in specific time frames, solve problems, and have fun. Characters express positivity and enthusiasm, even when faced with challenges, and their adventures reinforce time management and responsibility.

The small number of activities isn't a huge problem; kids that age don't need dozens. They will, however, probably need help navigating the site. Games include only written instructions, which 2- to 4-year-olds may not be able to read. The site's reward system, which encourages kids to complete games to earn a reward marker and unlock show clips, also can be a bit confusing. The reward-collection process information is buried on a page about how the site works, and kids may not realize they need to click on the Chime Time icon to view their videos and their rewards tally.

Kids can't watch full show episodes on the site; they have to download them from iTunes, which is a bummer. Parents also may not be too thrilled to see that one of the site's five sections is a list of show-related products, including links to a site that sells them. However, you can limit the amount of time your kid views all this stuff, using the Set Timer tool, which restricts kids' site use from five to 30 minutes.

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