Good news for anyone (like us) that has a child obsessed with watching catch-up TV on the tablet – there is now a dedicated BBC iPlayer Kids.
It’s a great idea and after having a play with it for the last couple of days, our pre-schooler definitely gives it a seal of approval.
It doesn’t differ greatly from the standard iPlayer really, but it does offer some safeguards and a bit more ease of use. When you first use it, you enter your child’s age and name, then choose a little character. More if you have more children using it.
After that, the app uses the age information to choose appropriate content for your child. So if your child is under five (like ours), it means just CBeebies, not CBBC.
So your kids can browse, go through a list of shows and you can download if you have a car journey looming – shows are available for 30 days after broadcast.
All the usual extras too, such as subtitles, audio descriptions and sign language, where available, but there’s still some supervision needed, not least when it comes to time staring at the small screen.
We love it, if you do too you can download it from the usual places for your device.