YouTube is a great tool for education and entertainment, but a deep part of the social media website can get pretty weird. To keep your kids from discovering the not-so-good videos, consider downloading YouTube Kids, a free mobile app available for iOS and Android. Released by YouTube, this app curates educational and entertainment content for kids and teens. Here are some of IKO Community Management’s favorite YouTube channels for children:
Learning - Whiz Kid Science: This interactive channel takes mainly household objects and challenges kids to make elementary school science fair projects. The 10-year-old Canadian genius walks your child through each step, clearly breaking down how to complete each experiment successfully and safely. Everything from making slime and bouncy balls to glowing water and tie-dye milk, your child will be entertained (and educated) for hours.
Music - Pancake Manor: A music channel specifically designed for your toddler, Pancake Manor creates educational music videos for your kids. From classic nursery rhyme songs like Itsy Bitsy Spider and Old McDonald to fitness jams like Move Your Legs and Arms and Let’s Get Fit, these puppets provide a fun experience for your kids.
Learning - Reading Rainbow: From the classic television series of the 80’s and 90’s, LeVar Burton is back with a new mission: educate children through reading with a focus on STEM topics. These 4- to 10-minute video clips teach your kids about everything from how fireworks work to exploring 3D printing. Your kids won’t be able to look away from the inventions and innovations sparked by Reading Rainbow. Burton still tells a good story now and then, too.
Exploring - Simon’s Cat: This animated series features the mischievous and hilarious antics of a fat white cat and his owner, Simon. These minute-long clips launch your kid into the black and white world of a kooky kitten, who doesn’t like April showers, going to the vet or being outside. However, he does enjoy a good TV dinner and nap.
Learning - Ted Ed: Many adults are familiar with TED talks. Now your child can benefit from the inspiration and education, too! Teachers from around the world answer and explore common childhood questions stemmed from pure curiosity, such as where did English come from? Can plants tell time? Where did Earth’s water come from? What are those floating things in your eye? For all of these answers and more, tune into Ted Education.
Music - ELF Kids Videos: Calling all ELF friends! This channel created educational songs and videos for children around the world by creating a mix of animated songs, vocabulary-based videos for English as a Foreign or Second language (EFL/ESL) children and alphabet, phonics and reading videos for young learners.
Learning - National Geographic Kids: Let your kids explore the world with National Geographic’s top animal researchers and biologists. Your children will learn responsibility in taking care of animals with Pet School, and dive down under into the world of Australian rites, rituals and wildlife with Bushwhacked! They can “join Dick and Dom as they look at the geniuses whose ideas, creations and discoveries have shaped our world,” and so much more.
If you choose to download YouTube Kids, you can also set time limits, create a passcode and disable the search function for a safer experience online. The app is compatible with iPhones and iPads as well as Android devices. If using your Internet browser works for your family, feel free to watch any of the above-mentioned channels on a desktop with some healthy snacks. From all of us at IKO Community Management, happy YouTubing!