“Can I have some time on my tablet?”
“Sure! Just make sure it’s appropriate.”
Now pause for a second. What does appropriate mean to you? What does it mean to your child? Is it different for each of your children?
These are all questions that we’ve deliberated on here at Kidoodle.TV. We want to keep your kids (and ours) safe while watching online shows. We also want to put the control of your child’s viewing in your hands because as parents, we don’t all agree. We do this in a few different ways:
- The Kidoodle.TV service is for kids ONLY. You won’t find any content there for grownups. No curse words or racy subjects can be found either.
- We allow parents to turn off programs on a show by show basis. Why? Well, we know that no two families are alike. A show that Family A thinks is great may drive the parents in Family B crazy. We make it easy to tweak the Kidoodle.TV service to line up with your family values.
- With each subscription, you get up to 5 profiles (protected by an optional passcode) because we understand that what is appropriate for your 8 year old might not be appropriate for your 4 year old.
- You can set time limits and bedtimes curfews for each profile, meaning that you no longer have to be the ‘bad guy’.
These features make it really easy for parents to ensure their kids have a safe place to enjoy their favorite shows online. However, we felt that something was missing.
Introducing Kidoodle.TV Analytics
With this new feature, you can see exactly what your child is watching and for how long when using Kidoodle.TV on iOS devices or your computer. (Analytics are coming to Android soon!) Wondering what Suzy’s favorite shows are? Wondering if Rob is watching educational content as well as cartoons? Kidoodle.TV Analytics allows you to determine this information quickly and easily.
Analytics also allow you to see what shows your child may have watched recently. This allows you to use the show as a jumping off spot for conversation. So, Suzi recently watched a show with bullying as the theme? It’s a great time to have a conversation about what she knows about bullying and what she should do if she sees a bully in action.
We hope you like this new feature as much as we do. As always, we’d love to hear your feedback. Just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
~ Merry & Alicia