I can’t claim to be one of those mums who is diligent enough to limit their children’s TV watching to an hour a day. I am more the type of mum that intends to limit her childrens TV watching to one hour a day but gets distracted by the massive amount of laundry that a family of seven produces every day, reading an essay on character development in ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ by our home schooled son or scheduling all of the medical appointments our various family members attend in order to keep mobile.
This is one of the reasons I was so glad to be asked to try Kidooodle.TV – a new ad free streaming TV service just for the little ones in your life aged 12 and under. It’s rather like a regular streaming service – you know the one I’m talking about – the one you use to binge watch 12 series of the same show at a time – but you have control over what series are available and how long your little ones can watch.
There are many things that I have found I like about Kidoodle.TV since we started using it six weeks ago. First of all, you can set up a profile for up to 5 of your children , according to their age and your family viewing preferences. The set up page is very easy to use and looks like this:
You choose a colour theme for each child and when you have selected one or more age groups, the programs in those age groups are highlighted. You can then turn any of the programs on or off for each profile, allowing it to be truly customisable to your child.
I found that this was a particularly good feature for Gabriels. Because of his developmental delays, programs that are suitable for the average 7 year old may not be suitable for Gabe. He also has very specific preferences when it comes to the programs he will watch and as long as we keep his profile up to date we don’t have to worry about explaining to others which programs are in favor this week.
Another important feature is the timer. This is only accessible from the parents page, which is password protected. You set the timer and Kidoodle TV automatically switches off when the time is up. I may finally be one of those “You are only watching for an hour” mums – hooray! I will of course be setting the timer for a lot longer when they have gone to bed & their dad and I can watch the retro cartoons like Inspector Gadget!
Those of you that read my blog regularly can’t help but notice, I often write about our families experiences with autism. One of the many ‘hidden issues’ we have is that Gabe can never be left alone, ever. You can leave the typical 7 year old in front of the TV while you cook dinner but not Gabe. I could never set him up to watch videos on You Tube with the laptop or I-Pad. Even when you take the time to seek out legitimate content, it only takes a few clicks and Gabe would find his way to something unsuitable – either lots of ads or a video clip he shouldn’t see. He also constantly climbs, explores and generally gets into the kind of mischief that turns your hair white. Cooking with him unattended in the other room just isn’t an option.
Kidoodle TV opened up a new option. I could go and cook, without waiting for someone to watch Gabe, by taking the laptop into the kitchen with me and setting him up at the island with some Bo on the Go to watch. For us this was huge! I could relax, cook dinner when I wanted and have Gabe safely occupied in the same room, doing something he enjoyed. This alone, for us, is worth the $50 annual subscription.
I would certainly reccommend the service and if you are thinking of subscribing, Kidoodle.tv are offering my readers 25% off of an annual subscription. Simply go to Kidoodle.TV to sign up and use coupon code MCC25 This coupon expires June 30, 2014.
Kidoodle.TV are also hosting a contest on their Facebook page where you can enter to win an I-Pad & one year subscription!
Let me leave you with a picture of the littles enjoying Kidoodle.TV !
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