Kids? Panic by DM Media Party Ltd is a universal app for iOS which links to child-appropriate YouTube video’s such as television shows, songs, nursery rhymes and more with each video being five minutes or less. The app is simple to operate with a “panic” button on the main screen which when touched launches the video via YouTube. Parents should be aware that the app does use data so if they do not want to use it with their data plans they will need to ensure that children do not have access to the app.
I liked that all of the video’s selected within the app were child friendly, although when I attempted to watch them to ensure they were appropriate it took quite a long time to make my way through all of them. Once the video finishes, the next one begins immediately (although I would like to see a 30 gap to ensure that you can have a break in between) to ensure that your child continues to have access to the video’s. This app was very helpful recently when I was on a quick but important telephone conversation and I was able to just hand the phone to my son to ensure that I had a few moments of peace. Of note, parents can enable guided access on their device to ensure that children stay within the app which is helpful especially for younger children.
In terms of enhancements, I would like to see an option where parents can choose if they want to run the video’s via a 3G network or only via wifi. If children got access to this app, data charges could add up very quickly since it uses YouTube video’s for the app. I’d also like to see a more difficult parental lock as the 1-2-3-4 combination is fairly easy for older preschoolers and children to figure out especially if they see their parents do it. Perhaps randomizing it to a random pattern of numbers (what is 1+3) help to ensure children did not accidentally gain access. In addition, it would be helpful if the user could select the video’s they wished for their child to see. Currently you can see a selection of which video’s are available, however, there is no way to create a “playlist” of favorites from the chosen video’s. There were some video’s which I wished I could have excluded, but currently there is no way to do this. I also think the title of the app is a bit misleading and may make it difficult for parents to find in the app store.
Overall, the app provides access to child friendly video’s in an easy to use interface. I do recommend that a parental gate be installed to allow parents to create a playlist of video’s which they deem appropriate from the ones available within the app which would eliminate the need for the current 1-2-3-4 parental lock which children have been able to figure out after seeing their parents use it. I also feel that there should be a setting which will not allow video’s to play over 3G unless the parent has specifically given permission for them to do so from within a parent protected area.
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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.