Since my children were old enough to have TV catch their attention, I’ve had my battles with finding a balance for screen time. Sometimes I’m on top of it and my children are happily spending equal amounts of time outside playing and curled up on the couch watching their favorite cartoons. Other times I find them screeching at each other about who gets to choose what show next and then I realize, oops…they’ve been watching TV for the past 3 hours….
Not having satellite TV has helped keep our screen time at somewhat of a minimum but with video streaming apps it’s so easy to get sucked into “just one more show, mom” and lose track of time. And can we discuss my 4 and 6 year old accidentally venturing into the “popular” or “new release” areas and seeing movie title images that are completely inappropriate for little eyes? UGH!
Just before Spring Break the folks at Kidoodle.TV asked me to review their new, ad-free, kids video streaming service. I signed up for the free trial (which was super quick) and was immediately impressed with the options for making an account for each of my children (each of my boys can click on their own names to bring up their favorite shows) and with the option for setting time limits that my children can’t change unless they enter my password. After school I typically set it for 1 hour and 30 minutes so they can have their snacks, zone out for a bit then it’s outside playtime before dinner. They know that once the time is up, it’s over and it can’t be adjusted – even though it totally can ;)
There are 63 different series for my children to choose from with the majority being cartoons and a few educational options such as the National Geographic, Think Green and Why, What, Where series. My 6 year old really enjoys Why, What, Where…it reminds me of a kids version of How It’s Made.
We’ve been using Kidoodle.TV for almost a month now and I’ve been very pleased with the service. I don’t have to worry about ads or inappropriate sidebar content suggestions pop up. It’s very user friendly for my children and works wonderfully on laptop, apple TV and iphone. I do wish it worked on our ancient ipad, but the new technology isn’t compatible. That’s my only gripe…maybe Santa will bring a new ipad next year. Speaking of! You can win a new ipad Mini and a 1 year subscription on the Kidoodle.TV Facebook page! There’s no purchase necessary and the contest is open to Canada (excluding Quebec) and the US!
Kidoodle.TV offers a free trial (no credit card required) and after that it’s $4.99 per month but I have a special discount for you if you sign up for 1 year: using the code MCC25 you’ll receive 25% off. This code expires June 30, 2014. AND for every 4 friends you refer to Kidoodle.TV using your unique invitation link and they sign up for a free trial, you’ll receive 1 month free and so will your friends.
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.