Worry Free TV

by Kelsey Norwood

in Reviews

My young kids are constantly wanting to watch television shows on the internet. I usually let them watch one show a day after all their schoolwork and chores are done, but since they’re only 6 and 4, I don’t feel comfortable leaving them to their own devices for that half hour. It’s not like putting them in front of the TV for 30 minutes and knowing they’re only going to get the show that’s on, despite our conversations about internet safety, they could accidentally find anything with a few stray mouse clicks, and that scares me.

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So recently, when I heard about Kidoodle.TV, I was thrilled! A kid-safe, ad-free website with only programs that are appropriate for kids? Perfect! We have been trying it out for the last week and love it. Here’s why:

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1. Time Limits–Each time I log in I can set a viewing time limit for that session. Usually we do 30 minutes. After that 30 minutes, the show shuts off and the parent’s pin number has to be re-entered to allow more time. This is one of my favorite features because, honestly…for the last 9 months of pregnancy I’ve been using their show time for my nap time…and I love knowing that even if I fall asleep and am not right there to make sure they don’t click around to find something else to watch or start a new episode, the show will shut off. I don’t have to be right there to do it! For the days I need a little more time I can adjust the time limit and they can watch for 45 or 60 minutes, whatever I need. But when the time is up, it’s up. It’s a much easier way to get them off the computer –it just stops working and there’s just nothing we can do about it!

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2. Child Profiles– I have created a single profile for both my older kids together because they usually want to watch the same thing, but there is a lot of flexibility within the profiles if I wanted to create separate accounts for my kids. The parental pin is required to switch between profiles so if you have accounts for kids in very different age groups they can’t switch back and forth. You completely avoid the situation where a younger child is watching something they shouldn’t be. The shows are organized by age group too which makes it easier to find something appropriate and appealing for kids of any age.

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3. Variety–Most of the shows on Kidoodle.TV are older, which I love. They’re good, clean, classic kids shows and my kids love them. Their favorites right now are Inspector Gadget, Redwall, Mario Brothers, and Richard Scarry. They had never seen any of these shows before because they are older, so it’s a really nice variation from what they’re used to. We could keep busy with what’s available here for a good long time.

4. On-the-go — Kidoodle.TV is available for mobile devices so take it with you wherever you go! Sometimes it’s just what I need for an extra long wait at the Dr’s office or in a grocery store checkout line.

To learn more about Kidoodle.TV, check them out on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest. Also, enter to win one of 3 iPad Minis being given away in March and April. All in all, Kidoodle.TV is just what we need for our young family: a safe and protected place for them to watch tv. They love it, I love it, and you’ll love it too! Click here to try it out FREE for 14 days and let me know what you think! If you love it, get 25% off a 1 year subscription (discount code BLOGHER25) through June 2014. Otherwise, it’s just $4.99 a month.

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{ 139 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mami2jcn March 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm

My sons each have their own tablets.

2 Mami2jcn March 17, 2014 at 1:51 pm

tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/445663712138235904

3 Jessica To March 17, 2014 at 3:04 pm

My son has his own iPod Touch.

4 Elena March 17, 2014 at 3:28 pm

My son uses his own laptop and iPod Touch

5 Elena March 17, 2014 at 3:30 pm
6 heather March 17, 2014 at 7:27 pm

I don’t have any children but the kids in my life have their own ipads.

7 Erika March 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm

The only ‘device’ we use is a plain old tv, but I do let my daughter watch Sesame Street. :)

chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

8 Lisa Brown March 18, 2014 at 6:54 am

My kids have their own devises, inexpensive tablets.

9 Lisa Brown March 18, 2014 at 6:54 am

my tweet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/445921238569857024

10 D Schmidt March 18, 2014 at 7:19 am

My children’s favorite education show is Super Why! They currently use my Husbands phone to watch videos, and an Innotab and a Leappad to play educationally related games! My youngest son is two so does not show much interest but my five year old is rather obsessed and they do share together!

11 D Schmidt March 18, 2014 at 7:19 am
12 Kelly D March 18, 2014 at 7:47 am

My son uses a Kindle to play games and he doesn’t share it much with family.

13 Kelly D March 18, 2014 at 7:49 am
14 Ashley H March 18, 2014 at 2:31 pm

We all share the TV and playstation.

15 Amy S March 19, 2014 at 5:03 pm

We all share the iPad and laptop. :-)

16 Jessie C. March 20, 2014 at 8:12 pm

We all share computer and TV.
tcarolinep at gmail dot com

17 Jessie C. March 20, 2014 at 8:13 pm

-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/446846499591163904

18 Lauren E. March 21, 2014 at 7:09 am

My daughter uses my iphone at home, so we have to share

19 rachel March 21, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Their toys and the TV/computer if I’m in the room

20 Susan Smith March 21, 2014 at 6:57 pm

My son has is own laptop and iPhone.

21 Susan Smith March 21, 2014 at 6:59 pm
22 One Frugal Girl March 22, 2014 at 6:32 am
23 One Frugal Girl March 22, 2014 at 6:38 am

My son uses my iPad and iPhone.

24 Misty Lunceford March 25, 2014 at 4:35 pm

My older kids have their own tablets. My younger ones use mine to play educational games.

25 Misty Lunceford March 25, 2014 at 4:35 pm
26 Heather S March 26, 2014 at 6:14 pm

My kiddos have their own devices but we also have a shared family computer :)

27 Heather S March 26, 2014 at 6:14 pm
28 Rebecca Graham March 26, 2014 at 11:39 pm

The only device is an iPad that we all share.

29 Linda Brooks April 5, 2014 at 10:20 am

My son uses my phone and computer

30 Madeline April 5, 2014 at 1:28 pm

My child uses my laptop, and she has her own iPad mini that she bought with her own money.

31 Madeline April 5, 2014 at 1:29 pm
32 mysweetiepiepie April 7, 2014 at 5:06 pm

We share in our house, I’ve never believed that everyone has to have their very own everything.

It’s enough that we have enough to go around.

33 Shannon April 8, 2014 at 10:55 am

My kids use my ipad for videos and games in an allotted time. They also use my phone.

34 tara pittman April 8, 2014 at 10:24 pm

My kids share a Kindle and a laptop with us.

35 tara pittman April 8, 2014 at 10:30 pm
36 Kerry April 9, 2014 at 4:54 pm

My kids all have an iPod touch that they use a lot. They also have a Kindle that they share.

37 Kerry April 9, 2014 at 6:47 pm
38 sandra April 10, 2014 at 9:23 am

they share our iphones, kindle fire, wii, and computers

39 Denise S April 13, 2014 at 8:10 am

My kids use a desktop PC for games and homework.
lazybones344 at gmail dot com

40 Shannon Baas April 13, 2014 at 8:30 am

They share an ipad.

41 Rosanne Morrison April 13, 2014 at 9:21 am

One uses her own computer, one her own ipad mini and one shares an ipad with dad

42 Rosanne April 13, 2014 at 9:22 am
43 Rosanne April 13, 2014 at 9:31 am

They have their own computer, ipad mini and share and ipad

44 Jessica April 13, 2014 at 1:48 pm

My son uses my samsong tablet .

45 Janice Cooper April 13, 2014 at 1:54 pm

We share the ipad and laptop

46 Mel S April 13, 2014 at 1:56 pm

My daughter has her own iPod.

47 Janice Cooper April 13, 2014 at 1:57 pm
48 Kiara April 13, 2014 at 3:09 pm

I don’t have kids, but my niece has her own Android Tablet.
austma7@aol.com

49 Natalie April 13, 2014 at 3:32 pm

My niece (I don’t have kids) owns her own iPad but our family only lets her use it to play educational games. We also limit her time with it to one hour a day if she does all her chores. She shares it with the rest of the family.

50 Jacob LaFountaine April 13, 2014 at 4:16 pm

No kids for me. Use a variety of tablets, smart devices like Roku and game consoles

51 Vee April 13, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Used to use the family iPad, but recently abandoned it…

52 Margaret Smith April 13, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Our oldest uses an iPad and our youngest has an iPod Touch. They don’t share.

53 paige chandler April 13, 2014 at 4:36 pm

My daughter just got a play tablet. She’s only 3.

54 Margaret Smith April 13, 2014 at 4:49 pm
55 Linda G. April 13, 2014 at 7:13 pm

he just has an e-reader

56 soha molina April 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm

We have a family iPad we all use.

57 soha molina April 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm
58 Seyma Shabbir April 13, 2014 at 9:55 pm

My sons share an xbox and my iphone.

59 Cynthia C April 14, 2014 at 4:19 am

My nephew shares a video game system and computer, but he has his own Kindle.

60 Cynthia C April 14, 2014 at 4:20 am
61 Crystal F April 14, 2014 at 5:51 am

My girls have their own electronics. My youngest has an ipod touch and a kindle fire and my oldest has her phone. Thank you!

62 Barbara Montag April 14, 2014 at 6:22 am

The kids have an iPod Nana and a computer – just for them but they share.
thank you

63 Barbara Montag April 14, 2014 at 6:23 am
64 Mary Cloud April 14, 2014 at 6:49 am

My kids have a Kindle Fire that they share
annabella @ centurytel dot net

65 Kimmy Ripley April 14, 2014 at 7:15 am

My daughter has a Leapfrog Leappad and I find it to be very educational for her.

66 Anna Pry April 14, 2014 at 8:24 am

my kids ‘borrow’ my ipad all the time pryfamily5@gmail.com

67 Anna Pry April 14, 2014 at 8:24 am
68 Lisa V. April 14, 2014 at 11:17 am

My grandchild can use my desktop with me.

69 Deborah Wellenstein April 14, 2014 at 12:13 pm

My kids share a laptop, and a nook.

70 Sarah Hirsch April 14, 2014 at 12:43 pm

my daughter uses her ipod and my son uses an ipad that is supposed to be the whole family’s but he is really the only one who uses it

71 mickeyfan April 14, 2014 at 5:03 pm

My kids are grown, but I’ve watched my 2yo granddaughter go from daddy’s phone, to mommy’s to the ipad. They do limit her time, but it doesn’t please her!

72 Anastasia April 14, 2014 at 7:49 pm

My kids have their own laptop, mp3 players and tablet. They share the laptop and tablet, for now and they also use the main, family computer as well :) I think it’s important that kids learn to use technology at a young age so they can use if successfully and grow with it as the tech grows :)

73 Anastasia April 14, 2014 at 7:49 pm
74 HilLesha April 14, 2014 at 8:13 pm

My son uses a tablet. :)

75 Shauntea Crutcher April 15, 2014 at 12:38 am

My kids share a laptop and the kindle fire.

76 Erica C. April 15, 2014 at 1:22 am

They get to use the family ipad.

77 Gina M April 15, 2014 at 3:38 am

I let my son use my Ipad, but he is too young to call a device like that his own.

Thanks for the chance to win!

wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

78 Gina M April 15, 2014 at 3:40 am

tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/456019151791083520

79 Neiddy April 15, 2014 at 7:02 am

My four older kids (ages between 5-10) have their own tablets and laptops and my little one (he’s 3) uses my phone to watch videos

80 Neiddy April 15, 2014 at 7:07 am
81 Erica Best April 15, 2014 at 9:14 am

My nephew used my ipad and his kindle

82 Erica Best April 15, 2014 at 9:19 am
83 Eugenie April 15, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Kids share with the whole family.

84 Stephanie V. April 15, 2014 at 10:13 pm

My children use our old iphones (not turned on) or ipods. We share!
tvollowitz at aol dot com

85 joni April 16, 2014 at 1:05 am

My daughter has a lap top and iphone. She is on twitter, on her iphone, all day long.

86 joni April 16, 2014 at 1:06 am
87 BusyWorkingMama April 16, 2014 at 6:40 am

My daughter uses our Chromebook or tablet, but typically to play games or watch rainbow loom tutorials. We limit the time on it.

88 Deb April 16, 2014 at 8:04 am

My daughter uses an old iPhone and the family iPad. She loves to be social.

89 maria cantu April 16, 2014 at 2:52 pm

The family uses a desktop computer.

90 Daniel M April 16, 2014 at 3:27 pm

they both have their own computer

91 Francine Anchondo April 16, 2014 at 8:51 pm

My daughter uses my laptop and cell phone sometimes

92 Tabathia B April 16, 2014 at 10:17 pm

My younger daughter has her own laptop and kindle fire

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

93 Tabathia B April 16, 2014 at 10:22 pm

tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/456663593857986560

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

94 Betty C April 16, 2014 at 11:11 pm

My children are all adults now with their own devices, but even that varies so much. My oldest has loads of electronics and my youngest has almost none.

95 joseph gersch April 17, 2014 at 1:37 am

my daughter uses a kindle fire that is hers

96 Wanda McHenry April 17, 2014 at 4:54 am

My step-daughter is grown, but she uses her own iPhone for everything.

97 Wanda McHenry April 17, 2014 at 4:58 am
98 Wanda McHenry April 17, 2014 at 5:10 am

Here is my corrected tweet with both hashtags: https://twitter.com/myfolly/status/456766420362096640

99 Karen Drake April 17, 2014 at 5:24 am

My grandkids each have their own devices, my grandson has a tablet and my granddaughter has an InnoTab.

100 Betty C April 17, 2014 at 6:30 am
101 Nicole Carter Weasley April 17, 2014 at 7:21 am

My daughter uses the iPad 2 quite a bit. She doesn’t have her own. It’s mine.
raventally00@aol.com

102 Nicole Carter Weasley April 17, 2014 at 7:22 am
103 Jamie Hamilton April 17, 2014 at 7:42 am

My entire family shares a PC. For now…

104 Nicole Larsen April 17, 2014 at 9:07 am

My daughter uses our iPad mini…we all share it as a family and have passcodes, locks, and restrictions on certain things for her.

105 Nicole Larsen April 17, 2014 at 9:11 am
106 RICHARD HICKS April 17, 2014 at 10:09 am

Ours each have their own iPad.

107 RICHARD HICKS April 17, 2014 at 10:09 am
108 Tamar April 17, 2014 at 1:58 pm

We have an old android phone that is disconnected that the kids use. My kids broke my tablet. :)

109 CharityS April 17, 2014 at 3:40 pm

My son has an iPad mini & PSP Vita.

110 emily April 17, 2014 at 3:40 pm

We all share the apple tv and sometimes my daughter plays with my smartphone~ she loves FaceTime

111 CharityS April 17, 2014 at 3:40 pm
112 Misa April 17, 2014 at 3:57 pm

My son uses our smartphones and 3DS and, yes, he shares. We also have a PS3 and Xbox360 that we all share.

113 Sarah L April 17, 2014 at 4:36 pm

No kids so I don’t have to share.
This looks like a great thing for families.
Thanks for the contest.

114 Sarah L April 17, 2014 at 4:41 pm
115 Bruce April 17, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Our kids shared a computer

116 Sherry Conrad April 17, 2014 at 6:12 pm

My kids are older. My grandson has a tablet and shares the computer, phone & ipad.

117 Sherry Conrad April 17, 2014 at 6:12 pm
118 Mihaela Day April 17, 2014 at 7:04 pm

My kids use an iPad that is shared by them and I :)

119 Cheryl W. April 17, 2014 at 8:06 pm

My daughter has her own Kindle. She does have time limits and is supervised.

120 Kathy Pease April 18, 2014 at 6:18 am

This looks great I wish my kids had it when they were young but they are older and all have their own devices like laptop,nook,ipod and cellphone

121 Kathy Pease April 18, 2014 at 6:19 am
122 susan smoaks April 18, 2014 at 7:32 am

We let the kids watch TV and use the DVD player. On occasion we will let them use the computer supervised. They are young and don’t have their own yet, but maybe we will let them when they get older.
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

123 Amanda Sakovitz April 18, 2014 at 7:51 am

My kids share the computer and ipod.

124 Amanda Sakovitz April 18, 2014 at 7:52 am
125 Nancy April 18, 2014 at 8:03 am

The grandkids loving using the tablet when they are here. They either share or one uses the desktop.

126 Buddy Garrett April 18, 2014 at 8:15 am

When our daughter was young she had to have her own iPod and tablet.

127 s riches April 18, 2014 at 8:39 am

My neices and nephews have various smartphones.

128 Ashley Tucker April 18, 2014 at 8:40 am

I don’t have kids but my niece shares an iPad.

129 Ashley Tucker April 18, 2014 at 8:42 am
130 Douglas Houston April 18, 2014 at 8:44 am

My kid has own phone and snags my iPad every chance he gets.

131 cassandra April 18, 2014 at 9:26 am

They use Ipad and Iphone but shared with the family not their own.

132 kenneth April 18, 2014 at 10:49 am

We share a computer for the whole family

133 kenneth April 18, 2014 at 10:49 am
134 Thomas Murphy April 18, 2014 at 11:04 am

My son has an ipad.

135 Thomas Murphy April 18, 2014 at 11:07 am
136 Christina Sparks April 18, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Son has x box live, daughter has laptop and smart phone, both have their own tv

137 vivian April 18, 2014 at 12:22 pm

they use none.

138 Gianna April 18, 2014 at 3:42 pm

We all share the TV in the living room.

139 Stephanie Galbraith April 18, 2014 at 4:40 pm

My kids have their own devices. My daughter has a Kindle Fire, a cell phone and her ipod shuffle. She is 11. My son has his own laptop, he is 12.

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