I have been very blessed in Motherhood – I have five wonderful children and they just so happen to be delightfully geeky too. Meaning, each of them is very tech savvy – even the four-year-old – into their coding and video games and this makes us very proud. We live in a digital age and it’s important that children know how to manoeuvre a mouse on a desktop computer, use a synaptic pad on a laptop and in this day & age, skills like that are very useful.
The older kids all have their own desktop computers in their bedrooms and even though we have the parental controls in place there also has to be a level of trust there too. Trusting my children to not look up inappropriate content and making sure they’re aware that we will go through their internet history at random times to make sure that bridge of trust is still in place.
So far, that bridge of trust holds beautiful & firm however there is one app that my kids watch a lot and that’s YouTube and we all know how easy it is for a non-age appropriate video to be clicked on. My four-year-old has done it a few times.
Annabelle doesn’t own a desktop computer, or a laptop – she’s far too little for any of those luxuries yet. However, she does have her own kindle and YouTube is by far her favourite app to watch her favourite channels on.
But as I said, she’s little and it’s easy for her to think a thumbnail for another video looks exciting but it ends up not being suitable for her age group. There’ll be swearing in it, or it’s a little too scary for her and so on.
So, knowing this I was excited when I was introduced to KiddZtube – an app specifically designed to keep little ones from that inappropriate content online as well as giving them fun educational quizzes & games that have been designed by Teachers.
I particularly love that this app allows your children to watch these videos and listen to stories etc, and during these activities, the app asks your child questions which they have to answer. Keeping them involved instead of them vegetating in front of a screen with zero participation in return.
The other cool thing is the app can show you how well your child has been doing and you can even control how much time they have to play. I would love to be able to see what my child has been watching, where she has been learning and how long she has been active on the app for. It would really help me keep on top of how much screen time she has had too.
I much prefer my children to watch & enjoy shows whilst being safe online. Then, if they can learn through those shows & singalongs too? Well, that’s a massive bonus. So for one cannot wait for this app to be available for download on Android because it sounds like KiddZtube would be perfect for my little Annabelle.
*This is a collaborative post with KiddzTube