Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Fall 2015 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
Developer: Nickelodeon
Download Price: $5.99
Platform: iPad

We can't imagine a parent of a preschooler who isn't familiar with the Nickelodeon family of preschool programming, featured for years on the Noggin TV station. Now Noggin has been reborn as an app, full of past preschool TV episodes available for streaming. The Noggin app includes (at present) fifteen different complete series, including such favorites as Blue's Clues, Backyardigans, Miss Spider, Franklin, Little Bear, and the short-lived but brilliant Upside Down Show.

The Noggin app offers parents the peace of mind of knowing that there is no unsafe content into which their preschoolers could wander. The only real danger is that children could end up loving it too much; a parent-programmable time limit would be a welcome addition. However, this content and safety comes at a steep price; at $5.99 per month, not significantly less than the major streaming TV and movie providers that offer a much broader range not only of adult programming but family and children's programming as well, parents will have to decide if it is really worth the extra expense.

Emily Crawford   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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