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Zui.com

YouTube-like site for kids is good for play and discovery.
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What parents need to know

Educational value

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.

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.

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'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?

Website details

Subjects:Math: algebra, arithmetic, fractions
Social Studies: cultural understanding, exploration, history
Science: astronomy, biology, physics
Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics, reading
Hobbies: fashion, pets, sports
Skills:Communication: asking questions, listening, multiple forms of expression
Creativity: brainstorming, combining knowledge, making new creations
Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences, respect for others
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, hypothesis-testing, solving puzzles, strategy
Collaboration: group projects, meeting challenges together, respecting other viewpoints
Health & Fitness: exercise, fine motor skills, fitness, movement
Tech Skills: social media, using and applying technology
Emotional Development: moving beyond obstacles, perspective taking
Genre:Video Sites
Topics:Arts and dance, Cats, dogs, and mice, Horses and farm animals, Science and nature
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent of a 5 year old Written byblondehotmama May 30, 2012

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

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
Kid, 12 years old July 20, 2012

Parents read!!!!!

This is a great website if you dont trust you kids with youtube