How to Find a Kids Video App Appropriate for Your Child's Age

A lot of apps don’t do a good job of sep­a­rat­ing con­tent for kids from every­thing else. Oth­ers are ded­i­cat­ed to kids, but don’t dis­tin­guish between videos meant for tod­dlers and videos meant for old­er kids and pre-teens. 

So, out of all the apps with kids videos, how do you pick the one that’s best for your child? Here are two ways to make sure the videos your child watch­es are appro­pri­ate for his or her age.

1. Search for Apps Meant Specifically for Kids in Your Child's Age Range

The App Store, for exam­ple, offers a Kids cat­e­go­ry to help par­ents nar­row down their search. You can fur­ther seg­ment the results into age groups (5 and under, 6 – 8, and 9 – 11). To get there: 

  • Open the App Store on your iPhone or iPad and tap Apps” on the bot­tom bar. 
  • Scroll down until you see Top Cat­e­gories” and select Kids.”
  • Now you just need to scroll all the way to the bot­tom to the age ranges under More in Kids.” 

In gen­er­al, look for apps that specif­i­cal­ly call out that they’re for kids with­in a cer­tain age or school grade. Some­times you’ll see results, even after tap­ping on your child’s age range, that are meant for a wide scope of ages. Be care­ful of those, as they con­tain videos that might con­fuse, frus­trate, bore, or even scare your child.

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2. Select Kids Video Apps That Categorize Content By Age Range

For the apps that cater to all kids, make sure you’re select­ing the ones that give you the abil­i­ty to fil­ter out videos meant for younger or old­er chil­dren. Jel­lies, for exam­ple, cat­e­go­rizes videos into many age ranges, ages 2 – 4, 4 – 6, 6 – 8, and 8 and over. This is because we under­stand how dif­fer­ent a 2‑year-old child is from a 5‑year-old. We fol­low devel­op­men­tal bench­marks and school cur­ricu­lums to make sure we’re pick­ing videos that are ide­al for your child’s age.

Want to learn more about how we choose the best videos for kids? Check out the guide­lines we fol­low in What Kids Videos Are Right for My Child? And be part of the dis­cus­sion on Twit­ter, Face­book, and Insta­gram.