Zui.com

Common Sense Media says

YouTube-like site for kids is good for play and discovery.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Allows younger kids to safely get their feet wet browsing videos online.

Violence & scariness

Short video clips of boxing matches and UFC fights. Shooting games are cartoony with very mild violence. 

Sexy stuff

Some kissy stuff. Video footage of The Royal Wedding kiss and a game called "Angel's kiss make up" are included.

Language

One sporting video includes the phrase "kickass."

Consumerism

Chock-full of music videos by popular artists and movie clips from Disney. Although this site does not provide areas for purchasing merchandise, kids will be interested in searching further to buy games, movies, and more. There are also opportunities to win prizes based on how frequently users utilize the site.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Includes video footage of peace officers and search canines looking for drug paraphernalia.

Privacy & safety

Zui.com does not ask users for personally identifiable information. Users may register to the site and create avatars, but the site asks for a parent's email address to do so. Once registered, users are provided with additional services, such as: chances to vote on favorite videos, tracked game play, and connecting with other avatars/friends. The information provided is not given or sold to third parties, unless ordered by the court to do so. Also, the site has taken precautionary steps to seeing that the games provided are secure and safe. There are no chat rooms and in order for a user to befriend another avatar, he/she must know the other person's email address to send an invitation.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Zui.com is an entertaining and educational site where younger kids can safely browse videos online. The site offers a search function where kids can look up any topic they desire, and are then provided with pre-approved videos to watch and games to play. If the area of interest is not age-appropriate, the site informs users that no matches were found. Some of the most popular videos are of Justin Bieber, gymnastics, and skateboarding. The most frequently played games are Bubble Bugs, Racoon Crash, and City of the Month. Zui.com is both fun and educational. The site is targeted toward younger kids and uses large photos and icons so that searching is simple. Parents should be aware that external links may lead users to unprotected sites.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • phonics
  • reading

Math

  • algebra
  • fractions
  • arithmetic

Science

  • astronomy
  • physics
  • biology

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • history
  • exploration

Hobbies

  • sports
  • fashion
  • pets

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • applying information
  • hypothesis-testing
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • brainstorming
  • combining knowledge
  • making new creations

Emotional Development

  • moving beyond obstacles
  • perspective taking

Communication

  • asking questions
  • multiple forms of expression
  • listening

Collaboration

  • respecting other viewpoints
  • group projects
  • meeting challenges together

Responsibility & Ethics

  • embracing differences
  • respect for others

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology
  • social media

Health & Fitness

  • fitness
  • exercise
  • fine motor skills
  • movement

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids will be excited to explore this site rich with age-appropriate videos from favorite pop icons, skateboard trick demos, and instructional videos from teens and adults alike, PLUS games galore.

Learning Approach

Kids learn through watching educational videos and games. “How to” tutorials teach kids to perform science experiments, examine algebraic questions, and snowboard.

Support

Users may register to the site and create avatars. Once registered, users are provided with additional services, such as chances to vote on favorite videos, tracked game play, and connecting with other avatars/friends.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • phonics
  • reading

Math

  • algebra
  • fractions
  • arithmetic

Science

  • astronomy
  • physics
  • biology

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • history
  • exploration

Hobbies

  • sports
  • fashion
  • pets

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • applying information
  • hypothesis-testing
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • brainstorming
  • combining knowledge
  • making new creations

Emotional Development

  • moving beyond obstacles
  • perspective taking

Communication

  • asking questions
  • multiple forms of expression
  • listening

Collaboration

  • respecting other viewpoints
  • group projects
  • meeting challenges together

Responsibility & Ethics

  • embracing differences
  • respect for others

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology
  • social media

Health & Fitness

  • fitness
  • exercise
  • fine motor skills
  • movement

Kids can learn about subjects from physics to phonetics on Zui.com. The site includes games that focus on puzzle solving, strategy, and logical thinking as well as fashion and music games that tap into users' creativity.  There are also video lessons for playing the guitar, healthy eating and exercise, and even instructors demonstrating math problems or science experiments.  Some topics (like history or science) can be found only through a search. Most educational content is buried beneath pop music videos and princess dress-up games.

This Learning Rating review was written by Karen Wirsing

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Zui.com is a fun and quirky site that offers a variety of videos and games just for kids. The videos and games provided have been carefully sorted through to ensure age-appropriate entertainment. Video topics range from animals and sports, to math and science.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Zui.com can is a site that parents can direct their kids to -- that kids will be excited to explore. Age-apporpriate videos from their favorite pop-icons, skateboard trick demos, and instructional videos from teens and adults alike,  PLUS games galore. 

One of the great features about the site is that through the search engine kids can sift through their own personal areas of interest -- search for "Native American" and find videos of interviews with Lakota among the 90+ videos. The search engine offers videos that are "related" and "suggested" based on what you're watching. Also, multiple categories may intrigue users in accordance to their original search. For example, when looking up a video about "Ancient Greece" the site lists links to videos about Rome, Hatshepsut, and pyramids as further areas of interest.

 

 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about age-appropriate videos. What are the consequences of putting video footage of yourself online?

  • Families can also discuss staying safe online. Who can you trust and who is it OK to share information with?

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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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Learning ratings

  • 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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Kid, 12 years old July 20, 2012
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Parents read!!!!!

This is a great website if you dont trust you kids with youtube
Parent of a 5 year old Written byblondehotmama May 30, 2012
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Safe Videos for Kids to Watch

Safe place for my kids to go online to play games and watch the latest videos. Especially enjoy a section on the website called "Zui Buzz". In the several videos that have been created, young kids talk about the latest in online games, videos, movies and more. After watching a few of the Buzz segments, I think I could talk to a 10 year old today and not sound too uncool. I definitely will be telling my mom friends about this website.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent Written bysrirachalover May 30, 2012
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Fun & Safe Environment for Kids & Tweens

I think this site is really cool for older kids and tweens. The homepage displays mostly pop-culture content and games, but there is also a ton of educational content to be found. It's nice to have all the safe (yet popular and interesting) YouTube videos rounded up into one place for kids.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns

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