Admit it, calming your temperament child is easier said than done. You’re probably guilty of using a tablet (or smartphone) to tame their tantrums. Because why not, right? All you have to do is turn on their favorite cartoon on YouTube and they’ll instantly be an angel.
But is YouTube a safe place for your kids to venture unsupervised?
According to a recent article by Gizmodo, it’s actually really easy for children to access inappropriate videos – even on the YouTube Kids App. For example, an explicit parody video of Elsa and Jack Frost will appear on Google or YouTube when the words “Elsa” and “Jack Frost” are typed on the search bar.
There are a few things you can do to ensure your little ones are watching appropriate videos on YouTube. Firstly, you can turn on YouTube Safety Mode and change your privacy settings. You can also report inappropriate videos by “flagging” them. Moreover, you can choose numerous kid-friendly channels for your kids to follow.
Here are some of our favorite YouTube channels for kids that are safe and fun:
1. Simple Kids Craft
Simple Kids Craft is run by a mom (engineer and mathematician), a dad (engineer and creative wizard) and their two sons. The video blog mainly features DIY tutorials (i.e. dolls, miniature crafts) made of recycled and eco-friendly materials. Furthermore, Simple Kids Craft has been recognized among YouTube’s top educational kids crafts channels.
2. Busy Beavers
Created by Dave Martin in 2007, kids are going to have fun learning with Busy Beavers (also known as We Are Busy Beavers)! With over 2 million subscribers, the YouTube channel (and website) provides fun and interactive media to help teach children.
3. Peppa Pig
It’s not hard to see why Peppa Pig is one of the most popular cartoon characters. Cute, funny, and totally relatable, the British preschool animated television series evolves around Peppa, her family and adorable friends (i.e. Rebecca Rabbit, Suzy Sheep, Candy Cat).
4. Billy Bricks
If your child is a big fan of LEGOs (who isn’t, really?), the you should let them check out Billy Bricks’ channel! It features stop motion videos where Billy puts your favorite LEGO characters (i.e. Ninjago, Superheroes, Jurassic World, Naxo Knights, Pokemon) in random situations. On top of that, his videos are absolutely funny and family friendly 🙂
Created by a family for families, EvanTubeHD is all about kid fun! From toys, to video games, to science experiments, all topics on the channel are crafted for children and is 100% kid-safe. Also, did we mention that Evan is one of the youngest and most successful YouTubers around?
6. Sesame Street
“Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?”
Good news, folks – Sesame Street is on YouTube! Let your child grow with classic characters such as Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Grover, Oscar, Bert & Ernie, Telly, Zoe, Rosita, Baby Bear and Snuffleupagus. Produced by the Sesame Workshop, a non-profit educational organization, its programs are tailored to the needs of specific regions and focus on topics that help young children and families develop critical skills for lifelong learning.
7. Kids TV
Educate your curious little learners through 3D animated kids rhymes and educational videos. Kids TV is an educational channel that introduces your toddlers to a variety of English rhymes, baby songs, and nursery rhymes. And that’s not all, their dear cartoon friends Bob the Train and Bao Panda will be there to teach kids alphabets, numbers, colors and shapes.
All4tubekids has everything – pranks, short comedy skits, challenges, as well as reality videos. The best part is, it’s all family friendly and kid-safe! In addition, the channel, which has over 900 videos, is edited and moderated by a single father from New Jersey and his three cute daughters.
9. Mother Goose Club
Let your children clap and sing with the Mother Goose Club! With over 4 million subscribers, the channel features new stunning and bright 3D animation in high definition every Thursday. Moreover, the series’ six colorful characters will lead children through classic nursery rhymes such as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” “Baa Baa Black Sheep,” as well as “Wheels On The Bus.”
10. Fun Science For Kids
The Fun Science For Kids channel is part of the WildBrain company – an industry leader in the management and creation of preschool and children’s entertainment content. Apart from that, this channel is dedicated to the coolest gadgets, the most awe-inspiring technology and scientific experiments that will make your science-loving child go “Yes!”
Based on Hélène Desputeaux’s popular books, Caillou is a must-watch for your kids! The Canadian educational children’s television series centers on an imaginative 4-year-old boy named Caillou. In fact, your little loves will feel right at home with their trusted pal Caillou, his sister Rosie and all their family and friends as they experience the everyday adventures of childhood.