When we bought our first home, we found that the location didn’t allow for cable TV and the satellite reception in the area was less than ideal. Neither is uncommon for areas of Alaska. Personally, it didn’t affect my husband and me much, but it did present a pain in the butt for our toddlers. They get limited TV time, but as many parents know sometimes a good entertainment distraction does wonders when you really need to get something done. We first turned to DVD’s, and were met with lots of broken or scratched discs. Then we tried digital movies, and found it hard to find storage space for them all within our budget. Finally, we tried Netflex, and found it a great match for kids for several reasons.
The selection is wide.
While Netflix as a whole has a bit limited selection, particularly in the area of movies that are both adult and kid friendly, their children’s selection is actually quite broad. Choices range from classics I watched as a kid to more modern shows. It’s nice not to be limited to what you have on the shelf.
The price is fair.
We were going the cheap route for DVD’s using discount bins which usually cost around $5 a disc. Netflix with the streaming only option is $8.99 a month, just under the price of two dics, but you can watch unlimitedly during the month and have literally thousands of cartoons to watch.
The kids can’t hurt the movies.
My kids can’t scratch online movies, and they even get to look at pictures to pick each movie. Before, we used mass CD book to house our discs. They often got damaged, and also had no cases. It’s great for kids to be able to scroll through photos and pick a movie without parents worrying about space or damage.
It’s easy to tell what’s appropriate.
With the digital movies we were paying to download, it was hard to tell what was OK for the kids. We had to look it up to be sure, as ratings really mean nothing these days. Some of the movies others call PG-13 for example, I would let my toddlers watch no problem, others are way beyond inappropriate for a teen even. You can click Netflix titles and get an overview, including explanation of why a title has been given a certain rating. Reviewers also almost always detail a parent guide.
As an adult, I think Netflix is too lacking in variety unless you really enjoy TV series, but for kids, especially younger kids, it’s an awesome alternative to consider.
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