Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Bottlesodes TV.
Five Reasons To Try Bottlesodes TV This Summer
I was recently lamenting the fact that our parenting generation has so much to worry about in terms of digital technology and social media. I often feel like the mean mom for not allowing my kids to play the games they want to play or watch the videos they want to watch on their devices. And I definitely feel like a mean mom for not allowing much device time. I know how addictive games and video apps can be from firsthand experience, so I want to delay that for as long as possible with my kids.
That said, I work from home 75% percent of the time and summer is starting. My kids won’t be attending full day camps the whole summer. I was already dreading my children’s complaints about being bored and not being allowed to watch YouTube when Bottlesodes TV reached out to the New Orleans Moms Blog. They wanted one of our writers to review their service, and I jumped at the opportunity!
My six year old son, my three year old daughter, and I spent a good amount of time on the app. The videos feature real kids in real life and cover a broad variety of topics (crafts and science, games and sports, outdoors, etc.) Here are the five reasons I think you should try Bottlesodes TV:
1. It is not overstimulating.
Most of the videos aimed at kids online are overstimulating. When kids are watching videos with bright colors and kooky sounds that flash from one thing to the next like crazy, it’s hard to cut off device time without a major tantrum because real life is so “boring” compared to the fast-paced videos. Bottlesodes TV’s stance is that they care about what happens AFTER screen time just as much as what happens DURING screen time. The content isn’t fast-moving. It’s not complex. It is calming. When an episode is over, your children will want to keep playing, learning, and imagining. My son loved the Dr. Discovery dinosaur videos. When device time was over, he ran upstairs and started playing with his dinosaur toys.
2. It is educational.
The videos remind me of some of the real life videos on Sesame Street. A lot of the instructional videos are actually taught by kids. My son enjoyed the videos on how to play games like Steal the Jewels and Pencil Grab. My daughter loved watching a little girl her age make food. They were both very impressed by videos on making slime and a spider spinning its web.
3. There is no inappropriate content.
My kids love watching YouTube, but I don’t let them do it often anymore because I’m worried about them stumbling across something inappropriate. (And also because I hate the way the people playing with the toys talk, “Like, OMG, Barbie! That’s SO not fair!”) The whole appeal of device time is that it gives parents quiet time to check off their to do lists; however, it’s more trouble than it’s worth if we have to spend the entire time watching videos with them to make sure they are appropriate. You don’t have to worry about that with Bottlesodes TV. The content is created by the founders of the company, a husband and wife team. They wanted safe videos for their kids, so they made it their job to create safe videos for all kids.
4. There are no ads or annoying pop-ups.
Since Bottlesodes TV is subscription-based, there are no ads. No annoying pop-ups! No more of your kid accidentally ordering something! No more horror movie trailers! And they add new content every month.
5. You can try it for free!
Bottlesodes TV offers a free 14 day trial. Try it now and you can take advantage of their big June sale. The month to month pricing is $7, but through the month of June, they are lowering the annual price significantly from $77 to $47 (about $3.90 a month) if you sign up for the yearly price. Try it out this summer and give yourself a break from having to overthink and over-police everything your kids do online.