Video sites for young kids
Young kids love to watch videos and, in many ways, parents should love them too. They are short, matching the attention span of most youngsters, and, if you are selective, they can be educational as well as fun to watch.
But where do you go to get videos that are suitable for young kids? There are some great videos on YouTube, but they’re hard to find. Plus, you never really know what’s going to pop up in that “featured videos” column!
Luckily, there are more and more kid-friendly video sites springing up. Some, like Discovery Kids – Beyond, are off-shoots of tried and trusted web sites that have been around for years. Others, like Kids Tube, are newer but improving all the time.
With the help of the folks at MakeUseOf.com, here are 10 of the best:
Kideos is great for kids up to the age of 10. In fact, you or your child can select videos by age group. There are also child-friendly channels, like Harry Potter, Space, Cute Animals, etc., which allow you to pick a video by theme. Most of the videos are hosted on YouTube. Each video gets screened for appropriateness before it’s featured on the site. If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch, or an iPad, then there’s also a free app available for download.
Kid Mango is a popular online destination for children’s videos – from pre-school up to the age of 12. The site is run by GenMouse Inc., who also host a bunch of other kid-safe websites. The KidMango Library has popular shows from some of the world’s best producers of animation and live action. It showcases over two thousand videos covering everything from Einstein to aliens and vampires to Leonardo da Vinci.
ZuiTube is brought to you by the people who developed KidZui, the free browser for kids. ZuiTube is a children’s website filled to the brim with videos that are approved by parents and educators. Most of the videos are sourced from YouTube. It advertises itself as the largest online collection of children’s videos.
National Geographic’s web site has a whole channel dedicated to kids. Whether they are funny animal videos or videos that take you to wondrous places, they are all excellent tools for both education and fun. The free children’s website comes with the quality that’s the hallmark of National Geographic.
Discovery Kids – Beyond
Just like National Geographic’s offering, Discovery Channel also has its own web site for kids. A mix of education and fun, the lineup of videos is a reflection of what Discovery Kids shows on TV. The clips are kept short enough to suit the attention span of even the youngest child.
Best Of the Rest
PBS Kids is the online children’s website of the Public Broadcasting Service. What you get are lots of short videos featuring the characters from the PBS TV shows. You can see Clifford, Sesame Street, Curious George, and other familiar shows.
Despite some early teething problems, KidsTube is set to join the lineup of family-friendly video sites. Here, kids can upload their own videos and socially network with other members. Children can also start their own micro-blogs. The arrangement of videos is like most video portals. KidsTube also runs contests around uploaded videos. It’s a great outlet for perking up your child’s imagination.
Kidz Bop is a carefully moderated, child-friendly web site, where kids can make and upload their videos, play games, and get creative with music and art. Kids can create a series of episodes of their own web-show or just upload short videos. Uploaded videos can be turned into a contest for others to vote on and enjoy.
Kideo Player is basically YouTube for kids. It is also probably the most kid-friendly way to view videos. It’s similar to a playlist of selected videos, which the kids can go through with a press of the spacebar. You can press ‘F’ for a full-screen view of the videos. The idea is to keep things super simple for the youngest kids.
Covering fun activities like videos, games, and music, Kidyos is worth a look if you have a child between 2 and 6 years of age. The site screens its collection from YouTube but also provides a few other language options, including German, French, Spanish, and Hebrew.
Do you have a favorite video site for young kids? Share it with The Online Mom!
Comment by Maxwell Michaels, posted 5/14/2011, 10:39 PM:
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Comment by Kasey@AllThingsMamma, posted 9/6/2010, 5:56 PM:
These are some great suggestions! My yr old just started getting into websites and we are always looking for new kid-friendly sites. Thank you!