Kideos – YouTube for kids

When a mum at school reported that her five-year-old (with a little encouragement by an older sibling) had googled ‘big boobs’ the response was a mixture of hilarity and horror. Needless to say, there were a lot of hits.

I fall into the ‘mean mum’ category when it comes to using the computer and rarely let my children on. When they do get a turn they view a very small, select list of sites with me hovering over their shoulder. High on their most requested list is YouTube – for some reason, watching animals play, babies eat lemons for the first time and some favourite music clips never gets boring. But as everyone knows, YouTube is a big wide world and has lots of things you don’t want your kids looking at.

Instead give them free reign to browse at Kideos, a site featuring video collections for kids. Clips are organised by age groups and also by categories, so they can go straight to the skateboarding dogs and dancing cats. There are also popular characters, nursery rhymes and things that appeal to the narrow and particular interests of children (for example ‘Types of Garbage Trucks’ and space shuttles blasting off). There are lots of clips in the collection and it’s a great site for child-friendly browsing.

Kideos also features a free iPhone app so kid-friendly videos are available on the go as well.

And as to why my two-year-old likes to watch cats eating watermelon over and over, I still can’t answer that!

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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