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Dec 19

Kidoodle.TV – streaming television for kids that’s easy for everybody! #MC

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I participated in a Blogger Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kidoodle.TV. I received a promotional item and a free trial as a thank you for participating.
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There is so much television out there.  I have somehow successfully kept my children from learning how to use the remote but I don’t expect that to last much longer.  I was very dismayed when they learned to look at the upper right-hand corner of our on-screen program guide to see what shows were on.  Usually, what they request to watch isn’t horrible for them, just something I don’t prefer.  But there are some shows that I REALLY don’t want them to watch.  So I’m excited to tell you about Kidoodle.TV and their platform for choosing what your kids watch.

Currently, Kidoodle.TV is available through a web browser on a computer or laptop or through the Apple App store as a mobile app for your iDevices (although that may change as they upgrade). Since I am Apple-less, I set us up on the “kids'” laptop (ie, not mine).  It was super simple to set up each kid:  I just typed in their name, picked an avatar and background color for them and then selected the age groups of programming I wanted them to be able to watch. With my 7 year old, I just picked the 5-8 group.  However, I then found many shows I wanted her to have access to in other age groups.  No problem – I could just turn them on by clicking on them.  In that vein, I could also turn off shows I didn’t want them to have access to.

Here’s a screen shot of my 5 year old’s account page:

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The avatar choices are all really cute, and some of them are even “real” characters!

If you have smart kids that try to get around parental controls, don’t worry.  They need your 4 digit passcode to get into the account to change settings.  And since it’s only 4 digits, you’re more likely to remember it.

As for the rest of the platform, it was VERY easy to use.  Even as I was setting it up, I was thinking about how darn easy it was.  The kids easily clicked on the shows they wanted to watch.  No fuss, even for the 5 year old.  Of course, if your child is new to browsing (funny, right?), he/she might need more help.

My kids enjoyed watching the shows I had set up for them.  My 7 year old especially enjoyed the National Geographic programs like Critter Cam – she’s very into animals right now.  I appreciatd the large variety of shows that were offered.  There were many that I’ve never seen before but that looked liked lots of fun.  There were also other shows that are on at weird times or ones that we aren’t able to get currently.  The website states that as they roll out, there will be even more programming.  I anticipate we’ll be using this frequently during Christmas break.

I especially liked that there were even parental controls, and much more that they were so easy to set up.  Many network-specific sites that feature programming don’t let me lock anything down.  (Or maybe they do and I’m too cheap to sign up for  paid subscription to find out.)  I also like that if I don’t have a show available to my child, they don’t see it at all.  No whining about “Mommy, I want to see that!” when you really don’t want them to.

My only gripe is that they can only watch on a laptop since we don’t own any Apple devices.  I would love to see this offered in the Amazon App Store for their Kindle Fires or just on Google Play so I could sideload the apps.  I don’t know how that would work since it’s likely both kids would want to be logged at once.  I’m guessing only one child can be active at a time, like other streaming video sites.

Are you intrigued?  Want to go Kidoodling yourself?  Then I’ve got some great news!  You can sign up for a free trial of Kidoodle.TV!  If you do so before 12/31/13, you’ll be entered to win 1 of 10 tablets or 1 of 10 Kidoodle.TV year-long subscriptions!  After 1/1/14, this site only costs $4.99 per month, which I think is a bargain.  But I recommend you go sign up now at https://www.kidoodle.tv/ and have this all ready for when the kiddles are home for the holidays.

Visit Kidoodle.TV for more info or to sign up.  You can also connect with Kidoodle.tv on Facebook and Twitter.

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    Desiree Arpin

    This is pretty cool. I am going to have to look into it.

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