I grew up with a TV in my bedroom – a necessity for my single mom who was juggling two jobs and an active little girl on her own. I was raised in a household where TV viewing was considered a positive activity for children (in moderation of course, and when balanced with reading and physical activity). I didn’t have adult supervision when watching TV, and was free to watch whatever I chose – opting not only for The Muppets, The Smurfs and Jem, but more mature shows like The Love Boat and Three’s Company. I was oblivious to the mature jokes and connotations that arose in those grown-up shows, and it wasn’t something that the parents of my generation ever worried about.
Many things have evolved since my early childhood days. Children now have their own iPads, iPhones and iPods. Content has become more easily accessible, and parents have become more concerned about the affects of TV on their children. TV channels have been created dedicated solely to younger audiences, and parental controls have been enabled in devices to ensure children’s viewing habits are within their suitable age range. But with all the new technology in place, children are still finding ways to access mature content. And parents who were raised in my generation are starting to worry about the content that their children are exposed to in their early years, and how it may affect their development.
With all of the concerns in the media about TV and children, I feel completely comfortable with my children watching TV. I monitor what they watch, when they watch it, and how much they watch, and I make sure that they have a healthy balance of down time, versus outdoor activity, imaginative play, and educational exercises. When it comes to electronic devices I set time limits, and for my school-aged child, I ask her to read a book for 15 minutes in order to earn 15 minutes of game time on a device.
But there are still some difficulties that we face around our house. We only have one TV, so my children are often frustrated about having to compromise and watch each other’s favourite shows. My husband has introduced them to some of our childhood favourite cartoons, but the only channel that plays those shows, also plays inappropriately mature commercials (my kids really don’t need to watch an Axe commercial or a commercial for lubricants thankyouverymuch). When we record movies, many of our favourite family-friendly animated movies are aired on channels that also run adult-focused commercials (is a commercial with a woman scantily clad in lingerie, rolling around in the sheets with a shirtless gent really suitable for children who are watching Over The Hedge?).
Cue Kidoodle.TV. When I heard about the Netfix-like video service focused on content for kids, I was intrigued. An ad-free streaming service that offers many of my kids’ favourite shows (Super Why!, My Little Pony, Inspector Gadget, National Geographic animal shows, and so many more), available on any device that has access to the web? Yes please! My kids love being able to watch the shows of their choice on separate devices, and us adults love that we don’t have to watch kid’s shows or deal with the bickering that comes with it. We can set time limits on the device, and can select from a menu of age-appropriate shows for the kids to access. Built for kids, and loved by parents. Ain’t that the truth.
Read below to learn more about Kidoodle.TV and how you can try it out for FREE!
Benefits of Kidoodle.TV include:
- Kidoodle.TV is a safe, ad-free streaming video service that you can customize for your kids according to your preferencesand theirs.
- Create up to 5 custom profiles for your kids. Choose content based on your child’s age or on a show-by-show basis.
- The secure Parents Room includes a setting where you can set viewing time limits, allowing families to balance the time spent on Kidoodle.TV with other important activities.
- Kids can watch Kidoodle.TV on the go – all that is needed is web access.
- Kidoodle.TV has a wide range of safe, kids-only content, including retro content from your childhood like Jem and the Holograms and Inspector Gadget.
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Disclosure: I am part of the Kidoodle.TV blogger program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.