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KidDesktop is a kid friendly Windows desktop alternative providing a safe PC learning experience without allowing access to inappropriate files, programs, or Internet content. This blog provides information parents and teachers can use to help children get the most out of their computer experience, including updated information about KidDesktop and reviews of kids’ websites and kid friendly YouTube videos.
As you know, I spend a lot of time researching kid-friendly websites and YouTube videos, both for my kids and for all of yours! Now, I want to suggest another great blog for parents of young children. Tech Savvy Mama describes her site as “my way to help the parents of the world navigate an overwhelming world of technology and provide the best that exists for their children.”
Tech Savvy Mama has information about toddlers and preschoolers, elementary-aged kids, and tweens & teens. She writes about technology, websites, YouTube, cyber-bullying, and the technological interests and exploits of her kids, Little Miss Techie and Captain Computer. Her posts are well-researched, informative, and fun to read. Since Memorial Day she has begun Virtual Field Trips including one to Monticello, which is great for those of within or beyond driving distance of Thomas Jefferson’s Charlottesville home. She is one of the original City Editors for Being Savvy Washington DC and contributes to DC Metro Moms.
Check her out!
My 6-year-old loves ice-skating, and like many kids (and adults), he has a well-rounded zamboni obsession. So naturally, I looked for and found zamboni-related YouTube videos for his YouTube playlist. His favorite is this one of Stuntman Stu driving the zamboni:
But here are several other good ones:
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVkJbvv3pHg – I wanna drive a zamboni
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ba0z54iO4U – Zamboni dumps ice
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU7Z_NV9v14 – Zamboni donuts
I hope that all the other zamboni-enthusiasts enjoy them as much as my kids do. Oh, and be prepared to hear the song MANY times!
Have you ever heard of Rocknoceros? (It rhymes with “rhinoceros,” but with a lot more rock!) This three-man children’s band is huge in the Washington, DC area. Coach Cotton, Williebob, and Boogie Woogie Bennie perform two dozen shows a month, host a bi-weekly video podcast, and just released their third CD. Their newest album, “Pink,” follows “Rocknoceros” and “Dark Side of the Moon Bounce.” We readily confess to owning a few of the 10,000 CD’s they’ve sold over the last 4 years!
Like many children’s bands, Rocknoceros has several videos on YouTube. A few to check out are Pink (seen here):
along with Seven Days a Week and The Cannoli Adjustment. There are dozens of other YouTube videos showing both live performances and various children dancing, imitating, or singing along with Rocknoceros.
Although my kids love Rocknoceros and Robbie Schaefer — and I’m pretty sure yours will, too — your child might have another favorite performer. If that band or individual isn’t already on YouTube, ask them to add some YouTube videos. (You don’t have to mention KidDesktop and our YouTube Playlist, but we wouldn’t mind if you did!) Let us know who your child listens to, and what YouTube videos they like to watch!