There were times when our parents were the only YouTube available for kids.
If you were the 90's kid or before that, you will understand that only references and/or sources of information available to us were either text books or our parents.
But let me tell you technology is here to stay, and it's only growing we can run from it, hide from it but there is no way of completely shutting it out. So instead of hiding your kids from it and making them all curious at the later stages in life we can introduce it to them under parental control/ supervision.
From Rhymes to Physics Lessons everything is available on the internet. Youtube has somewhat never ceases to amaze me with 100 hours of video uploads every minute. The original YouTube has many channels for kids and Adults but if you want your kids to have restricted access you can use either turn on parental controls or download YouTube for Kids. But just setting up parental controls does not rule out the fact the content need to be constantly administered under parents.
So here is a list of , my personal recommendations of 5 YouTube channels tried with Kabbir,
Along the way, we learned a lot, laughed out loud, and fell in love with what YouTube -- at its best.
Top 5 YouTube Channels for kids under FIVE:
- Sesame Street:
- Super Simple Learning- Kids Songs:
- Ryan Toys Review:
Kabbir's current favourite includes Ryan Toy Reviews,
If your kids enjoyed EvanTube, then they'll love Ryan Toys Review because it gives you even more relatable interactions. Ryan reviews toys from Disney, Pixar, and more. Some of the more educational videos include his science experiments that'll teach kids and encourage familial interaction.
P.S: Kabbir actually considers Ryan to be his brother and wants to meet him. He actually tries some of his experiments with his dad at home. Everybody in our family knows who is Ryan!!!
- ChuChu Tv:
ChuChu TV is the third most subscribed channel in India with over 10 million subscribers and over 8.5 billion video views. ChuChu TV consists of various YouTube channels for children that are dedicated towards creating 2D and 3D animation videos of traditional nursery rhymes with an incorporation of peppy music and a modern day aesthetic in them.
This channel worked for us as it has rhymes and songs that kids are taught specifically in India with an Indian accent that kids can relate easily. When we started Play School Kabbir was already familiar with the rhymes taught in his school. His personal favorite rhyme from there channel was Johny Johny, Yes Papa.
- Mother Goose Club:
The six colorful characters (adults and kids) introduce little ones to nursery rhymes and other preschool classics, through movement, song, and skits. You can choose to watch single, short (1- to 2-minute) episodes or the channel's curated playlists (which run around 30 minutes).
Don't miss "Rockin Robot," a super catchy tune with fun robot moves that Kabbir found irresistible.
- Mommy Verdict: This list may find mom's wondering "So much screen time for kids!!!" but then with careful supervision and with proper parental controls, kids can actually use & benefit from technology. Limiting the Screen Time and carefully administering the content that they access, can make a whole lot of difference and to be honest even helps moms to gain their adult sanity.
Do try the channels and if you like the recommendations do comment below!
By Nandita Sharma