If you were to ponder upon and list the fondest memories of your childhood, I bet atleast one out of the top five, would associate with television. As a little girl, the best thing to do was to snuggle into my bed and watch shows like Powerpuff girls, The Flintstones, Tom and Jerry, Noddy and his adventures and a few others. I have fought battles with my sister to be able to watch what I liked ( she has a terrible choice, I am telling you!)
Now, that my son is almost three, he spends a few minutes a day with the screen. What should he be watching on screen had been quite a dilemma for me. To be brutally honest, I am disgusted with the violent content, cranky kids, over notorious toddlers and overstimulating shows that are currently aired on television in the name of kid’s shows.
As a last resort, I opted for YouTube, but after I switched to Netflix for kids, I realised it was the best choice ever!
Call me naive but just a year ago, I was under the notion that Netflix was meant for adults and strictly for adults.
After I subscribed to Netflix I found myself exploring what it had to offer for my son as well. I am so glad I took the plunge, and here’s why I say so :
A surfeit of content for kids :
Netflix has a plethora of content for kids. It offers shows and movies from different genres. There is adventure, there is friendship, there are bonds and ties, there is fantasy and there is fiction also there is reality on Netflix for kids.
Oh yes, you (& your child) are spared the terror of watching an advertisement several times in between the show. Even on YouTube ads are shown frequently.
As a child grows, he is largely influenced by what he watches. One of the my favourite features on Netflix is that it allows a parent to control what a child is watching. You can set up different profiles on Netflix for yourself, your spouse, or any other member of the family and your child. There are two ways you can control what your child is watching on Netflix:
• Account-level (hard controls): Set a 4-digit PIN that must be entered to play any TV show or movie above a selected maturity level, on any profile. A PIN ensures your child does not watch content rated above your selected maturity level.
• Profile-level (soft controls): Set a maturity level for a particular profile to control the TV shows and movies available for that profile. You, the parent or guardian, ensure your child uses only the correct profile
Can be played on multiple devices
My son watches Netflix on the Television at most times. But, when we are traveling, we can continue to watch our favourite shows on the iPad, laptop, tab or even on phone.
Now that you know why Netflix is my preferred choice for screen time. Here are five Netflix Original shows that we love watching :
1) Llama llama
Llama llama one is an Original series offered by Netflix for kids. These are simple stories that the kids will reasonte with. It emphasises on moral qualities like kindness, generosity, empathy, respect and love. I love how llama or his friends are caught into a situation and realise their mistakes with guidance from Mama llama.
Pocoyo is a little boy who is set out to discover his surroundings with his friends ( a pink elephant, duck, bird, and a dog). He is just like your little preschooler who is likely to get frustrated and exhibit emotions that are common with a child. I love that the show focuses on overcoming those emotions and learning with curiosity and fun.
3) Storybots Super Songs
Storybots Super Songs is a music-centric spin-off that features funny, colorful crew of bots kids. Every episode features multiple short music videos about various topics, from outer space to farm animals. It is so colourful and musical that toddlers and preschoolers are likely to enjoy the serious thoroughly.
4) Word Party
It stars four adorable, diaper-clad baby animals who are eager to learn from the “big kids” in the audience, to whom they turn for answers to many questions throughout an episode. This gives kids a certain role model status most other shows for this age group don’t have, encouraging them to learn by “teaching” the characters. Along with building vocabulary, the series has positive themes that relate to emotional awareness, friendship, and getting along with others.
5) Puffin Rock
Puffin rock is an adorable low-key Irish show. Each episode of Puffin Rock lines up short vignettes where two friendly and caring puffins, Oona and her little brother, Baba, learn to empathize with the creatures around the tiny coast they call home. Oona is a perfect big sister, guiding Baba through their adventures as they learn about fascinating new creatures. The watercolor storybook look is gorgeous and should immediately attract the little ones.