Your kids are probably going to be hooked to screens whether you like it or not, so it's best to know which streaming services are best for your little ones.
As we try desperately not to sound as if we are 100 years old, times have changed. Kids TV is no longer confined to two specific times of day. Thanks to streaming services, you can take a break from parenting and let a screen take over for an hour or two whenever you please. But, did you know, that for some strange reason, kids are being peppered with just as much advertising as we are via some of these services?
Local Babysitter did the math and discovered that, on average, our kids are watching 400 hours of advertising a year. Not good. Especially if those ads are for toys and games that we cannot afford. However, a litany of ads is just one of the reasons why when you have kids in the house, you should choose your streaming services wisely.
Anyone who has been around a child under the age of ten for more than five minutes will know that most of them are obsessed with YouTube. According to Gizmodo, that is probably your worst option. Despite repeated issues and warnings, the site still hasn't taken extra precautions when it comes to protecting what are supposed to be its kid-friendly areas.
Premium Hulu is an okay choice. However, it is one of the main culprits when it comes to the aforementioned advertising. It is also easy for any child with any amount of tech-savvy to venture away from the programming that is intended for them. If that's a worry of yours, then Netflix is your best bet. Users can limit what their children see plus, no ads.
While Netflix is probably option number one right now, chances are it won't be for long. Disney+ will launch later this year and as with anything and everything Disney, we are almost certain it will be heavily aimed at children. If even half of the childhood classics Disney is famous for will be available on the service, then Disney+ will far and away be the best streaming service for kids.