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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that HiHo Kids is a YouTube channel that features a diverse cast of boys and girls who learn new things. Clever videos show them trying unusual foods, meeting people with unique occupations or life stories, and playing with toys and games from all around the world. While much of the channel is lighthearted and playful, some potentially tricky topics like addiction and death are discussed openly and honestly. As these videos are unscripted (and kids have no filter) you never know what they're going to say, such as when a kid asks "Are you gay?" of a drag queen guest he's just met. It's never exploitative, however, and these types of questions are answered in thoughtful, matter-of-fact ways that place great value on curiosity and respecting people's differences.
Please note: Our reviewers watch between one and two hours of content to determine the general appropriateness of each YouTube channel. Some channels contain more variety within their content than others; we do our best to capture the channel's overall subject and tone to help parents make the best choice for their family. We recommend parent co-viewing of YouTube content for kids under 13.
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What's the story?
HIHO KIDS is home to the highly popular "Kids Try" video series, which shows kiddos of various ages trying foods from other countries (Turkish, Ethiopian), or foods with a certain theme (Fondue, Bugs). Another popular segment is "Kids Meet," which gives the cast a chance to meet and ask questions of people dealing with various medical issues (alopecia, cerebral palsy) or who work in offbeat professions (magician, mortician). Some of the videos are pure silliness, like the ones where kids try unusual candies or describe imaginary animals to a professional illustrator who draws them on the spot, but others touch on more serious issues like drug addiction and discrimination -- always in a tactful and educational manner.
Is it any good?
These videos serve as a tangible and binge-worthy reminder that kids do indeed say the darndest things. The cast is adorable, and the more you watch, the more you get to know each kid's distinct personality. It's fun seeing how different kids respond to the same situation -- one may be too grossed out by a cookie full of crickets to even take an exploratory bite, while another chomps down with no hesitation and even asks for a to-go bag. The HiHo Kids channel is at its best when it allows the kids to meet new people and ask them honest and forthright questions about their lives. It can lead to funny moments (like when one kid asks a little person if she's "ever tried eating onions" to help make her feet grow) as well as deep ones, like when a mortician candidly but carefully answers their questions about how what happens to our bodies when we die. These discussions go a long way in helping to foster inclusive attitudes and to eliminate the fear of things and people that are new, different or "scary" -- which also makes it a great channel for families to watch together.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about which segments of the show their kids most enjoy and why. Would you be willing to try wild new foods like these kids do? Would you be nervous to meet someone who is in recovery or who has a serious illness? What kinds of questions would you have for them?
Families can talk about the cast of HiHo Kids. What qualities does each kid bring to the channel? Talk about their individual personalities and different styles in their videos.