TVO Kids

Common Sense Media says

Games and activities with a strong educational focus.

Age(i)

2
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Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Young kids can watch videos to prepare them to start school. Other games and activities have been designed to ignite an interest in education; some sections deal with manners and being polite.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The site may be meant to promote a TV show, but there are surprisingly few plugs for it -- and it's essentially product-free.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Kids can email questions, recipes, and other info to the site but can't connect with each other.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that educational consultants helped create the site, which is sponsored by an Ontario-based kids' TV show. Featuring dozens of learning-based games and activities for kids 11 and under, TVO Kids offers a safe experience -- and emphasizes that learning can be fun.
 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading comprehension

Math

  • counting
  • sequences

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships
  • solving puzzles

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • personal growth

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

An impressive amount of information is showcased in fun activities so kids won't feel like they're getting an education overload. The content includes engaging, clever games, short videos, and contests that reward kids.

Learning Approach

Dozens of games -- such as a spelling, time-telling, and coin game -- help stress math, verbal, and other skills by having kids arrange clock hands, identify verbs and other words, and add up change to reach a total.

Support

Not all games offer an explanation for wrong answers, which is too bad. Kids can email recipes, drawings, jokes, and craft projects to be shared on the site. There site also sponsors an online book club to promote reading.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading comprehension

Math

  • counting
  • sequences

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships
  • solving puzzles

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • personal growth

Kids age 2-5 and 6-11 can learn about school subjects like math, science, language, music, health, and geography. Game and activity topics include the human body, Internet safety, spelling, and addition. Games -- created with help from educational consultants -- reinforce a number of other skills, including reading comprehension and creativity. Not all games offer an explanation for wrong answers, which is too bad; the ones that do really drive home each concept. But generally, the format works. TVO Kids offers an impressive amount of information -- showcased in fun activities so kids won't feel like they're getting an education overload.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

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What's it about?

TVO KIDS, based on a Canadian children's show, is packed with educational activities for kids age 2 to 11. The content is based on Ontario's school curriculum but mostly matches what U.S. kids are covering in class. They can play word, math, or other games or watch show clips. Kids can also email recipes, drawings, jokes, and craft projects to be shared on the site. Almost every element includes a lesson on a school-friendly topic; the site also touches on being polite, what kids need to know when about starting school, and other areas.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

TVO KIDS is based on an educational Canadian TV show -- but you won't find excessive plugs for the program on the site. The content includes dozens of fun, creative games and activities that reinforce school curriculum topics like math, science, health, art, and music. Activities are offered for kids age 2 to 5 and 6 to 11 and can range from a bowling game with info about the constellations to a maze that helps teach users about the five senses. With an impressive amount of engaging, clever games, short videos, a homework help section, and contests that reward kids for donating food locally or solving math problems, TVO Kids offers grade-schoolers a fun way to find out more about what they're learning in school -- without parents having to worry about their safety.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why a safe site like TVO Kids -- which doesn't put you in contact with strangers -- can be a better place to find information than a general Internet browser. How can you tell if a site is an OK information source? (Find out more in our safe searching guide.)

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  • Does your child have a favorite subject in school -- and a least favorite? Try some of the activities based on both and talk about how games and other site activities might make lesser-loved topics more fun.

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  • Some site activities explain what recess and other parts of the school day involve to get younger kids ready to start school. What questions does your child have about starting school? What things might help build excitement about it?

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Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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