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.