Play Corner TV by Abeso, Inc. is a YouTube video collection featuring safe videos for young children to enjoy. The developer has searched YouTube and compiled a large collection of child friendly videos that are geared toward preschool and the younger crowd. The site is completely visual, so young children will have no problem navigating this app independently.
This app is very easy to use, and in fact has no written directions. Children simply tap View to access a picture menu featuring a ton of different categories of videos to watch. There are three main categories: animals, cartoons, and lessons. The animals category features a long list of animal photos including popular zoo and farm animals. Tap on one of the images and another picture menu opens listing all of the videos about that topic. Videos range from home movies about the animal to songs or other educational videos found on YouTube.
The second column on the main menu is a long list of cartoons. Children tap on their favorite cartoon to view another list of clips of that show. Sesame Street, Backyardigans, and Barney are just a few of the many shows available. Tapping on the image brings up a variety of clips with episode parts, songs, or dances.
The last category is best called lessons. These are videos that teach children different concepts. There are videos on colors, numbers, science, sharing, etc. tapping on these icons brings up a variety of educational videos for kids.
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This was an app that, as a parent, I can definitely use. At age two my son was obsessed with all things Elmo. We watched a ton of Elmo on YouTube because we'd look up the songs he did with famous artists. Every now and again something completely unexpected came up and we quickly changed the screen. Using this app would have eliminated the constant checking in we did to make sure our son stayed on Elmo and didn't venture off into the unknown YouTube world.
I liked the huge assortment of videos. It seems that the developer obviously kept the young in mind. Animals and cartoons were a great thing to focus on and the lessons section made the teacher in me happy. Additionally, in the locked parent section, parents can block and report videos they don't think are appropriate. This app will make long car rides a little easier when our wee one gets old enough to want to watch Elmo incessantly, too.
Overall, Play Corner TV is a great app for keeping our children safe as they learn to navigate the digital world. It allows them the freedom to watch what interests them on YouTube while keeping them safe from the videos that never should have been published on the first place.
Play Corner TV is availabe for downlaod via the iTunes App Store - iOS Universal
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This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She secretly enjoys watching musicians play on Sesame Street. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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