From Netflix to Disney+: A Single Parent’s Guide to Kid-Friendly Streaming
With everyone hunkering down for the foreseeable future, there’s bound to be plenty of TV time during quarantine. Streaming services haven’t wasted any time in taking advantage of people trapped indoors! You might’ve heard that Trolls: World Tour was a certified streaming success—the largest in history, according to most digital streaming metrics. The movie skipped a theatrical release for obvious reasons and instead, streamed on Amazon, YouTube and other platforms.
The success of Trolls: World Tour has other streaming services chomping at the bit for screen time. Their target demographic? Kids. Expect to see some major titles headed your way, direct-through-digital in the near future. Before then, here’s a quick recap of the best services for kid-friendly streaming. Trust me, you’ll need them as quarantine trudges on!
- Netflix: Netflix is the ubiquitous streaming service for a reason—the selection is unbeatable. In fact, there’s a boundless kids section that has just about anything you could want! Netflix also has some top-tier parental controls, including PIN access and various tiers, such as kids (12 and under) and teens (14 and under).
- Hulu: Hulu has a stellar selection of kids television shows they’re used to seeing on network television. There’s also a great mix of movies and television shows, for one-time and binge-watching appeal. I’ve actually created a profile specifically for my daughter, so she can organize her shows however she wants.
- Amazon Prime Video: I already have a Prime account, so Prime Video is a perk in and of itself. That said, it’s well worth the subscription fee on its own. The platform leans more toward educational content, but there’s a good mix of entertainment baked in. My daughter and I use it mostly for renting movies (see: Trolls: World Tour).
- Disney+: This one should be pretty self-explanatory. If you don’t have Disney+ already, it’s a great investment. Disney is the king of kids’ content and the platform is absolutely loaded with classic movies and TV shows. A nice surprise for my daughter and I was the NatGeo section, which is equal parts educational and entertaining.
- HBO Now: This is a subscription I already had (I love Westworld!). I was surprised to find that they have a pretty good selection of kids movies on there, too! Fun fact: HBO also owns Sesame Street! Needless to say, there’s a lot of other programming here I don’t want my daughter to see, so it’s worth being present when the HBO app is open.
- Sling TV: Sling has a TON of channels—many of them kid-friendly and kid-focused. This is also the place to find Nick Jr, Nickelodeon and Disney channel content, which makes it a big win for kids streaming. I can also get some sports through Sling TV, so it’s a welcome addition to our streaming service lineup.
There are even more options not listed here—like Crackle, Vudu and Apple TV+— which have some kids content, but not enough to make the above list. And, of course, there’s always YouTube! Needless to say, there are enough kid-friendly shows to outlast quarantine!