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Netflix – good streaming for families?

Netflix is one of the most popular streaming portals among families. We explain what to look out for if your child wants to watch movies or series there.

In brief

  • streaming platform of the US company Netflix, Inc.
  • Available in Germany since December 2014
  • Flexible monthly subscription: €4.99 (with advertising), €7.99 to €17.99 (without advertising, for one to four devices in parallel)
  • Up to five profiles can be created
  • Parental control options available

What is Netflix?

Netflix is a video streaming service where you have unlimited access to a huge selection of movies and series with your own account. The company has the rights to use them and also produces some films and series itself. Anyone who wants to use Netflix has to pay between €4.99 and €17.99 per month. In the cheapest subscription model, advertising runs in between. Those who pay more can stream on up to four devices simultaneously. Up to five profiles can be created per account with different settings, e.g. age rating, age rating, subtitle display or playback settings. The movie and series suggestions in the profile also adhere to these settings, but what is actually suggested is calculated by an algorithm from the individual user’s viewing behavior.

What is problematic about the offer?

Netflix offers content for all ages. For the movies and series, the streaming service adopts the existing FSK rating. If there is no FSK rating, the age ratings are made by Netflix itself, which must comply with German law.

Due to the large amount of content available, there is also a myriad of content for older teens (16+) and adults (18+) that can be scary and problematic for children and teens. Parental controls can be set up by entering a PIN for selected age ratings or specific movie/series titles. In addition, profiles can be protected with a PIN and special children’s profiles can be set up.

Unlike analog, linear television, you can theoretically keep watching indefinitely. The appeal of spending a lot of time on Netflix is therefore high. Here, personal responsibility is required to limit one’s own viewing time . What is already difficult for some adults is even more difficult to control for children and even teenagers.

What does the provider think?

Netflix displays the respective age rating for movies/series in various places, on the overview page for the movie, in the detailed information or as an overlay at the beginning when playing. Also, individual titles can be locked for individual profiles. These will then also no longer appear in the search or in the suggestion list. In addition, individual profiles – e.g. the profile for adults or older children – can be assigned a PIN so that younger children do not have access. It is also possible to create children’s profiles. This gives you, as parents, the option of making settings appropriate to the age of your child. For example, you can also track what content your child has watched in the last few days or you can prevent the next episode of a series from playing automatically.

Account sharing, i.e. the use of an account by several people at the same time, is possible to a limited extent depending on the subscription. However, this is only allowed with people who live in the same household. Violations of this condition of use are to be subject to charges from 2023.

What should parents pay attention to?

Pay attention to the age ratings of movies and series. Use the child or parental control options by creating appropriate profiles and protecting them with a secure PIN . This is the only way to ensure that your child cannot end up in the adult section from the child profile.

Only display titles suitable for children in the children’s profile; these are based on the age ratings 0, 6, 12, 16 or from 18 years. Consider whether automatically playing more episodes really makes sense for you. Also, you can have animation effects reduced in the child profile when navigating on the TV. When watching on portable devices, feel free to use the screen lock so that smaller children in particular cannot adjust anything on the device themselves.

Keep an eye on your child’s screen time. It’s best to set media rules together – and set a good example yourself. Media time should be just one of many other non-media activities. If you’re not sure how much time your child should spend in front of the TV or laptop, check out our video: “How much media time is too much?”

Ask your child about his or her favorite series or movies, and it’s best to watch them together so that your child doesn’t feel alone even during scary scenes. It can also turn the shared experience into a beautiful ritual .

Google Play Store

“Dad, can I have the app?”, “Mom, can you please buy me this mobile game here?” – If you have an Android device, you can’t get around the Google Play Store. It entices users with numerous apps, games, and media content from a seemingly endless selection. Find out what the Play Store is all about and how you can make it childproof in this article.

In a nutshell:

  • App for downloading games, media content and apps
  • App for Android mobile devices and web app for browser
  • Pre-installed on all Android devices, linked to Google account
  • Provider: Google
  • the app itself is free of charge, the offered apps are partly chargeable

Digital bazaar

The Google Play Store is an app marketplace for all smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and smartwatches with the Android operating system. The offer can also be used via the browser. Anyone who wants to use the Google Play Store needs a Google account.

There is a huge selection of free and paid apps, games and media content such as books, music, movies and series in the app. The apps are divided into categories from entertainment and shopping to science and news to health and sports.

Anyone who clicks on an item will be shown the detail page. Here you will find the following information:

  • Provider
  • Number of downloads
  • Age rating
  • Game description
  • Data security
  • Ratings and reviews
  • Contact details of the developer

Apps, games and media content can be downloaded via the green “Install” button. For this, sufficient storage space and a connection to the Internet are required for free offers. If you want to buy paid apps, you click on the button with the price and also have to enter a payment method in the Google Play Store, such as a credit card or a credit card.

Browse, play and have fun

Children and young people are curious, hungry for knowledge and love to try new things. Through their peer group, they find out what apps are hot at the moment and also want to install them in order to pass the time with apps and games, deepen a hobby or acquire knowledge. The Google Play Store offers numerous options.

What does the provider think?

Many apps in the Google Play Store have age labels. Because numerous new apps are added every day, not all apps are tested. That’s why there are apps without age ratings. They are treated the same way as adult apps.

Under the “Kids” tab, you’ll find apps and games that educators recommend. They are divided into three age categories and are intended to make it easier for parents to find their way through the wide range of apps. These apps usually come without ads and in-app purchases and are educational.

What should parents pay attention to?

When dealing with the Google Play Store, three points are important: choose age-appropriate offers, weigh the costs, and pay attention to data protection.

If your child is using your unsecured device, do not leave your child alone with it. It could download paid apps through the Google Play Store, make in-app purchases, or download offers that aren’t safe or age-appropriate.

If your child uses their own device, set up the Google Play Store to be child-safe:

  • Age ratings: Together with your child, decide which apps he or she is allowed to install on his or her smartphone. Find out about age-appropriate offerings and pay attention to the apps’ age labels. Under “Settings”, select the “Family” category and “Parental control settings”. Here you can activate a PIN and select an age level.
  • Cost: Many apps are free for now, but add fun by paying for new levels or advanced features. Talk to your child about in-app purchases and agree if and how much money your child is allowed to spend. Avoid putting a payment option in the Play Store of your child’s device. If this has already been done, you can remove the indication. On medien-kindersicher.de you will find detailed instructions on how to do this under point 4.2. A gift card has the advantage of allowing your child to budget how much money they want to spend in the Play Store and learn to be responsible with budgets.
  • Privacy: many apps are data-hungry and want access to smartphone features that are not strictly necessary to use the app. Educate your child about app permissions and go through the settings on the smartphone together. Apps in the Google Play Store are verified by Google. Nevertheless, there could be malicious apps among them that steal personal data or smuggle viruses onto your own device. Before downloading, check carefully if it is a reputable app by checking the provider, ratings and number of downloads. Make your child aware of the topic of data protection and set up rules together on whether and how your child is allowed to download apps on his or her own.

Tips on how to set up your child’s smartphone safely are available in this article

The streaming service Paramount+

Star Trek, Top Gun, Paw Patrol – the streaming service Paramount+ offers a wide range of movies and series of various genres for adults and children. In this article, we will take a closer look at the service and present its main settings for children.

In a nutshell:

  • Video streaming offer for the whole family
  • Available in Germany since December 2022
  • Integrated parental control options
  • Advertising-free
  • Flexible monthly subscription €7.99, annual subscription €79.90 (free with Amazon Prime and Sky Cinema subscription)

What can Paramount+ do?

The streaming service of the US media group Paramount has a selection of movies and series to offer. Including blockbusters such as The Lost City or La La Land, exclusive series such as Star Trek: Strange New Worlds or Yellowstone and live sporting events such as NFL or UEFA Champions League games.

The platform is divided into a separate category for children’s programming and offers a wide selection of animated series, children’s films and live-action programs such as all seasons of Paw Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants and Spotlight. There is also original content produced specifically for children, such as Kamp Koral.

The price for the streaming service is lower than that of the competition. The catalog is still relatively thin compared to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and the like, but certainly extensive enough and continues to grow weekly.

What can be problematic?

Without parental controls, minors have unlimited access to all content on the streaming service – including content that is not suitable for their age and developmental level, or that may frighten or overwhelm them. Therefore, use the option to protect profiles with a PIN and set up children’s profiles.

Like every streaming service, Paramount+ is also incredibly appealing with the option of being able to keep watching indefinitely. In series, one episode after the next is played automatically. It is at least as difficult for children and young people as it is for adults to act on their own responsibility here. Make your child aware of this and set a good example. Additionally, you can limit the screen time in the children profiles.

It is also important to note that children are not always able to recognize the differences between fiction and reality. So take time to guide your child and talk about content your child sees on Paramount+ and help them understand what’s going on.

What does the provider think?

Paramount+ offers the possibility to protect profiles with a PIN and to set parental control settings. However, these settings are disabled by default. Parents must do this independently.

The settings are based on age ratings. Paramount does not specify which criteria are used for the releases.

What should parents pay attention to?

  • Age ratings and restrictions: Make sure your child can only access age-appropriate content. Please note that the age ratings are only recommendations. You decide what content is appropriate for your child.
  • Child profile and parental control: For complete protection, you need a child profile and parental control. So create a child profile – you can choose between the age groups 0/6 or 0/6/12. Depending on the setting, movies and series that are only released from a certain age are not displayed in this profile. Now make absolutely sure that your child cannot simply leave this profile. To do this, you need to activate the parental control. Please use a really secure PIN there. This is the only way to ensure that your child cannot end up in the adult section from the child profile.
  • Screen time: keep an eye on your child’s screen time. The best way to do this is to set media rules together so that media use is just one activity among many leisure activities.
  • Accompanying use: Young children perceive media much more emotionally than adults. Some things they cannot yet process or understand. Therefore, accompany your child, preferably watch together, so that your child does not feel left alone even during scary scenes. It can also turn the shared experience into a beautiful ritual.

Playbrush Kids – Gamification for brushing teeth

Playbrush Kids is a smart sonic toothbrush with interactive games app designed specifically for kids to make brushing teeth a fun experience. The app uses the gamification approach to make brushing teeth a game that kids love to play. We explain what’s behind it.

In a nutshell:

  • smart sonic toothbrush with interactive game app
  • Playful activities to motivate people to brush their teeth
  • For children from 3 to 12 years old
  • Coach teaches proper cleaning routine
  • Cleaning evaluations with reward system

What can Playbrush Kids do?

With this app you can play games, track brushing activities and learn how to brush teeth properly. To do this, the app uses gamification technology, a trend in the technology industry, especially in healthcare. The idea is to use playful elements such as points, rewards or competitions to motivate people to improve their health and well-being. Playbrush Kids aims to promote healthy tooth brushing habits in children, for good oral hygiene and better long-term dental health.

The children’s toothbrush acts as a game controller – either with a special toothbrush attachment (Playbrush Smart), which is placed on a conventional manual toothbrush, or as an electric sonic toothbrush (Playbrush Smart Sonic). These are equipped with sensors that detect the movements of the toothbrush and transmit them wirelessly to the app.

The children then have to complete various tasks while brushing their teeth, such as fighting little monsters or collecting objects. The app tracks the child’s progress and offers rewards for good performance. It also reminds how long and how often children should brush their teeth. Playbrush Kids was developed by dentists.

What fascinates children about it?

For children, Playbrush Kids can be very appealing as it allows them to experience brushing their teeth as an interactive and fun game. You can play different games and unlock characters, which makes the experience even more interesting. Children can track their own progress as they clean and feel proud when they achieve their goals. Gamification elements such as points and rewards provide additional motivation for most children.

What can be problematic?

  • Incentive and distraction: Children can become too fixated on playing and neglect the actual brushing of teeth. If they’re just looking to get to the next level in the game, they might not brush their teeth thoroughly enough or leave out important spots.
  • Overbrushing teeth: When children play too long, you can overbrush their teeth. While it is important to brush your teeth thoroughly, excessive brushing can cause damage to your teeth, such as abrasion of the enamel.
  • False reports: The app has technical problems from time to time. For example, the toothbrushing coach then reports to the child that he or she is brushing too hard, even though this is not the case.
  • Reward system: The reward system can help motivate children for better dental health and boost their self-confidence. However, there is a risk that they will only clean for rewards and behave differently when these are removed.
  • In-app purchases: Although the app works without any purchases, it offers cost traps with in-app purchases such as additional game pieces or accessories, which children also make unintentionally.
  • Privacy: The app collects personal information about your child, such as cleaning progress or for personalized recommendations. Data is also transmitted when parents have reports on the number of minutes spent brushing their teeth emailed to them, for example. The device location and IP address are also collected anonymously.

What does the provider think?

Playbrush Ltd is the company behind the app. They describe it as an innovative solution to help children improve their dental health by making brushing a fun and entertaining experience. They emphasize that the app is secure and complies with data protection laws.

What should parents pay attention to?

Playing is fun – and it should be. Support your child in not neglecting or overdoing tooth brushing. A mutually agreed time limit can help. If you have any concerns, please talk to your dentist.

The app’s reward system should be seen more as a support. Also encourage your child to take care of their dental health on their own initiative. So it can develop a lasting healthy habit.

The app collects data, if only to provide you with reports. Familiarize yourself with the privacy policy in order to make an informed decision or to make specific settings. Also keep an eye on the possible in-app purchases. To do this, you can discuss with your child – depending on their age – or restrict the purchase options in the smartphone settings.

Interact with your child – together, mouth music, brushing technique training and oral health quizzes become even more fun.

Reading and learning with Tiptoi

On long car journeys, on train journeys, or simply cozily at home on the sofa – the Tiptoi interactive learning system is popular with children and parents. We explain the many functions offered by the hearing pen.

In brief

  • Reading pen with recording function
  • usable in combination with special books, games and puzzles
  • only compatible with Ravensburger products
  • for children from 2 years
  • in the starter package for 70 Euro (from 2 years) or 60 Euro (from 3 years)

What can Tiptoi be used for?

The Tiptoi is a reading or listening pen. If you tap the stylus on a picture or text in a book provided for this purpose, suitable sounds, speech or music will sound. Stories, games and toys are thus brought to life. To do this, you need to download the corresponding audio files from the Internet in advance. For the old generation of the hearing pen (for 3 years and older), you have to connect the pen to a computer to do this. With the new version of the hearing pen (for ages 2 and up), this all works via the charging station with WLAN connection; it is completely independent of the parental computer.

The levels of experience in the books or puzzles are divided into four categories:

  • When you tap on the red eye icon of the Discover layer, the pen reads texts, makes sounds, explains pictures and much more.
  • At the orange light bulb symbol of the Knowledge level, children learn exciting facts about the respective book topic. New content is retrieved again and again on a random basis.
  • In the storytelling level, which is marked with a blue speech bubble symbol, the children listen intently to short stories designed to stimulate the imagination and deepen the play experience.
  • And finally, you can tap on the green cube icon of the Games level, whose content deepens what you have learned in a playful and interactive way.

The reading pen can be used not only in combination with books, but also with games, a globe or puzzles. It is recommended for children from 2 years. Products for different age groups are offered.

The earlier devices (since 2018) for children over the age of three have an integrated microphone so that children can record their own sounds and speech. The newer device (from 2022) for children from the age of two has no microphone and therefore no recording function.

What fascinates children about it?

The multiple uses of the listening pen offer an interactive and engaging way to learn. This encourages the children to become active and to foster their curiosity. By playing with Tiptoi books and toys, children can improve their cognitive skills and develop their language, math and social skills.

Also, the listening pen allows children to discover the world around them in a new way. You can immerse yourself in a variety of topics and learn more about history, science, or geography. For example, not only is it explained what the hoot of an owl sounds like, but you can also listen to it. Even several times. The operation of the pen is simple and its use is adapted to the motor skills of a child aged from about 2 years.

The products designed specifically for children over 2 years are usually simpler. They have larger and more colorful images, as well as less text and more complex interactive features. They aim to stimulate the senses and curiosity of younger children and develop their fine motor skills.

The products for ages 4 and up are usually more complex and sophisticated in terms of interactive features and learning materials. They are often designed with more text and more challenging content to give children a deeper understanding of topics such as history, science, or math.

What does the provider think?

According to Ravensburger, Tiptoi inspires and motivates to play and learn! It is an innovative learning and creative system with which children discover the world through play. Its child-friendly design and high-quality content, as well as the wide range of possible uses, are particularly highlighted here.

With the Create recording function, the provider promises to promote your child’s language skills and self-confidence.

What should parents pay attention to?

The listening pen is only compatible with the corresponding Ravensburger products. The cost of the pen and matching books should therefore not be underestimated. The pen alone already costs about 39 euros. However, you can choose from a variety of products in different price ranges, which are also always a nice gift idea.

With the older version of the pen (for ages 3 and up), audio content can only be loaded onto the device using Tiptoi Manager, a computer program from Ravensburger. Computers and Internet access are therefore a prerequisite. The recording function cannot be used with all Tiptoi products, but only with Create products.

For more on what to consider when using family read aloud pens, check out our general post on this.

Popular games: Roblox

Building your own worlds from building blocks, taking on imaginative roles and completing exciting missions – the online game platform Roblox is currently very popular with children and young people.

In brief

  • USK age recommendation from 12 years onwards
  • Users can create their own games and use the games of other players
  • playable with Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon devices and Xbox
  • mostly free of charge
  • In-app purchases

What is Roblox?

The two words Robots and Blocks together make up the name of the Roblox gaming platform. Here, virtual worlds can be created and played with in Lego style, which especially excites children and teenagers who are 14 years old and younger. Roblox is a mixture of game world and social network and is reminiscent of Minecraft.

After registering on roblox.com, players receive a pre-made game character (avatar) that they can customize as they wish. Clothes or a different hairstyle are free of charge. Some extra accessories cost money in the form of their own currency Robux. Functions such as creating games as well as playing games themselves are freely available.

What fascinates children and young people about it?

Many children love the game because they can easily create their own games. Registered users can create their own games with the “Roblox Studio” building tool and share them with others. Simple structures can be designed, but also complex worlds of experience such as cities and amusement parks. In the Roblox community, children and young people can creatively let off steam and chat with each other.

Roblox is known as a platform for young game developers and entices them to earn money with their own games: If your child creates a game that is well received by others so that they invest money in it, with a bit of luck your child will also receive a share as a developer.

What is problematic about the offer?

Because people can contact others through Roblox, there are risks such as cyberbullying, cybergrooming, and hate speech. Roblox is repeatedly accused of not sufficiently moderating both the content and the communication among users and of not being consistent enough in dealing with violations of the community guidelines.

It can be tempting for kids to invest real money in a fantasy currency or sign up for a paid membership to have more options in the game. When exchanging objects among players, cheating may occur, since not all players offer real Robux. Those hoping to make a lot of money developing their own games on Roblox will be disappointed. Roblox has been criticized for exploiting young game developers and retaining most of the profits itself.

Stiftung Warentest put the game under the microscope in 2019 and rated it “unacceptable”. Not all content is suitable for children, and the huge selection of games includes shooters that are not suitable for children. Roblox also received deductions for data protection.

What the provider says

The provider emphasizes on its platform to take security and data protection very seriously. There is a reporting system for inappropriate chat messages and a chat filter. After registration, an account in “privacy mode” is automatically created for users under 13 years of age. Younger children will not have access to social media plug-ins or some notification messages, for example. Some games are also only released from a certain age. Moderators check whether uploaded images and video material meet the requirements for child-friendly content. Inappropriate content is actively filtered and deleted. However, all of this assumes that the age information of the players is securely checked during registration.

You can find out more information on the “Parents’ guide” web page. Roblox offers several safety features that help you keep better track of your child’s play.

This is what parents should pay attention to

Register and create a profile together with your child and discover the Roblox game world together. Sit down with your child regularly to talk about his or her play experiences. Ask to see what your child looks at and plays, and ask why he likes certain games and who he connects with.

Set the account to show only age-appropriate games to your child. Use a parent PIN so that only you can change the settings. Advise your child not to share private data via the platform. Educate your child about communication risks online and encourage them to block and report suspicious or unpleasant contacts. Chat options can be limited or even disabled and age visibility can be turned off. You can also find all important steps for parental control at Roblox on medien-kindersicher.de.


Internet, telephone, streaming services, media libraries, television – to entertain ourselves and communicate, we resort to many different offerings at home. MagentaTV is a Deutsche Telekom platform that combines everything in one package. We present the offer and explain what parents should look out for.

In a nutshell:

  • TV streaming service and TV app
  • Provider: Deutsche Telekom
  • Bundled offer of TV programs, movies, series in connection with Internet & telephony
  • MagentaTV: €39.95 to €75.95 per month; MagentaTV app: from €10 per month (as of 3/23)
  • Child and youth protection settings available

What does MagentaTV offer?

MagentaTV is a bundled offering of Internet, telephony, and a selection of TV channels and video streaming services such as Netflix and Disney+, some of which cost extra. The platform can be used on various devices such as SmartTVs, smartphones, tablets and computers. Those who do not have an Internet or phone contract with Deutsche Telekom can access TV channels and video streaming services via the paid MagentaTV app. In addition to the basic offers, various packages can be added. Extensions are available, for example, for special subject areas such as sports, languages such as Turkish or Polish, or target groups such as children and families.

Parental control with MagentaTV

To use MagentaTV safely, child and youth protection settings can be made on all devices on which the service is used: on smartphones, tablets and computers, on the SmartTV, the MagentaTV box and the media receiver. An adult PIN prevents children and teenagers from accessing content that is not approved for their age. If content does not have an age rating from the FSK , streaming services must make the assessment themselves. It is not always obvious how this is done. In addition to the PIN, a purchase block and a hiding of erotic content can be set up. You can find detailed settings for parental control with MagentaTV at medien-kindersicher.de.

What should you as a parent pay attention to when using MagentaTV?

Watching movies, series or TV shows has a great appeal for children and young people. Whether they use it to inform themselves, entertain themselves, or relax after kindergarten and school, watching videos is often an integral part of their everyday lives as a media ritual. A comprehensive offering like MagentaTV can entice your child to watch endless videos. Also, your child may be shown content that is not age-appropriate. Therefore, note the following points:

  • Consider how much screen time is appropriate for your child.
  • Set appropriate media times with your child and keep adjusting them based on your child’s developmental stage.
  • Not all videos are suitable for children, but can disturb and frighten them. If your child is still young, do not leave him/heralone in front of the device.
  • Find out the age ratings of the content and set parental controls like the adult PIN so your child can stream safely.
  • Incorporate media into family time and watch movies and series together. Stay conversational about the content and show sincere interest.

Amazon Prime Video

For many people, it’s hard to imagine everyday life without the online mail order company Amazon. Its video streaming portal Prime Video has the second-largest number of subscriptions after Netflix. Colloquially, the service is also called Amazon Prime, and several offers fall under this.

In a nutshell:

  • Video streaming service on the Internet
  • Variety of movies and series available
  • Prerequisite for use is an Amazon account and Internet-compatible device
  • Offer available for €8.99 monthly or €89.90 annually
  • integrated parental control options

What is Prime Video?

As with other video streaming services, Prime Video offers the ability to watch a variety of movies and series without being tied to a specific time or location. To do this, you have to register at amazon.de with your own Prime user account for a fee.
The movies and series can be watched via a web browser, the Prime Video app, or Internet-enabled devices, such as a smart TV device, game console, or smartphone. The subscription includes numerous movies and series for free availability, including formats produced specifically by Amazon. In addition, titles can be rented for a fee, for example, completely new series seasons. Amazon Channels offers the option of adding topic-specific pay channels such as Eurosport Player. Sharing a membership is not possible with Prime Video.

Most videos are marked with the legal age ratings of the FSK (Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle der Filmwirtschaft). There is a separate section for children’s content. The series and movies that can be found there are divided into the age groups 2 – 5 years, 6 – 8 years and 9 – 11 years, among other categorizations. In order to be able to watch video content with FSK18 ratings, you must prove that you are of age with the help of your ID or passport and a bank account.

Parental Control with Prime Video

Prime Video offers some safety settings for children:

  • Prime Video offers the possibility to create different user profiles. Under “Who is watching”, users can set up children’s profiles with the names of their children and select whether content with the age ratings FSK 0, FSK 6 and/or FSK 12 should be displayed.
  • In the settings, parental controls can be used to set restrictions for video content, blocking the playback of videos from certain age categories. To do this, the user account must be secured with a four-digit PIN.
  • The Purchase Restrictions option prevents children from buying movies and series on their own by setting a PIN for purchases.

What is problematic about the offer?

No matter what age – Prime Video has the hottest series and movies for everyone. Without parental controls, minors have unlimited access to content that is not appropriate for their age, may frighten them or overwhelm them. Many series and movies have an FSK age rating, but not all. Children and young people can watch these without hindrance, as the parental controls do not apply here.
As with many streaming offers, the appeal of constantly continuing to watch is also very high with Prime Video. You should make your child aware of this and set a good example.

What does the provider say?

By its own account, Prime Video uses the FSK ratings as the basis for its parental control settings. If no FSK ratings are available for very recent films or series episodes, for example, there is no information on the website as to whether and according to what criteria the age ratings are made by the company itself or by third-party providers.

What should parents pay attention to?

Want to integrate Prime Video into your everyday family life? Then you should pay attention to the age ratings of the movies and series, set up a child profile, set the child or parental control options accordingly and use PIN codes. Protect your user profile with a secure PIN (no birth dates or simple sequences like 1234). Otherwise, your child may switch between profiles and go from the child profile to the adult profile.

To make sure the content is really appropriate for your child, preview the movies or series your child wants to watch. Watching a movie together can be a nice family experience. Especially with younger children (at least up to ten years) this is generally recommended, so that your child does not feel left alone with scary or questionable content.
Also, make sure that prime video and media use at all should be just one activity among many other pastimes for your child.

In our video series “You ask – we answer,” our media educator Melanie Endler explains why you shouldn’t leave children alone when watching series:

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Pokémon GO – on the hunt for the monsters

After the highly acclaimed launch of the game app Pokémon GO in 2016, there continue to be enthusiastic players worldwide and more and more of these little monsters, called Pokémon. Maybe you know Pikachu, Glumanda and Shiggi from your own childhood – from trading cards or the video game.

In brief

  • free game app, in-app purchases possible
  • Playable in many languages; in Germany since July 2016
  • available for iOS and Android operating systems
  • Age recommendation according to USK from 6 years, according to iTunes App Store from 9 years, according to Spieleratgeber NRW from 12 years

What is Pokémon GO?

In Pokémon GO, the player becomes the trainer. He or she collects Pokémon all around the environment. These are developed, trained and can compete against each other in battle.

Pokemon GO is a so-called location-based game app that only works with an Internet connection, GPS turned on, and camera access. On the cell phone display, the surroundings are shown as a virtual map. On this, the little monsters appear when you move with your smartphone (outdoors). In addition, in some places there are so-called Pokéstops, where you can collect the Pokéballs and other accessories that are important for catching Pokémons, or arenas, where Pokémons of different players compete against each other.

To find certain Pokémons, the player must go to certain places. Because the numerous and different monsters can be found in different places, depending on their strength and characteristics.

What fascinates children and young people about Pokémon GO?

The fusion of reality and play certainly inspires not only children and young people. Playing online with Pokémon GO is easy via smartphone, even outdoors and together. You can take the smartphone out of your pocket at any time and search for new monsters in the immediate vicinity. It’s like an exciting treasure hunt or relieves boredom while waiting for the bus, for example.

The different levels of the game also make it entertaining and attractive for young people: collecting and evolving monsters, fighting against each other, competing with each other by leveling up, and constantly evolving the game with new gadgets and new Pokémons. In recent years, more and more events and promotions are being offered for which gamers can buy tickets and network online or offline in real time.

What is problematic about the offer?

Since Pokémon could theoretically appear anywhere on the road, users of the app tend to always have their eyes on the cell phone display, so caution is advised in traffic. As an add-on, the manufacturer offers the Pokéball Plus: a plastic ball that is connected to the smartphone via Bluetooth and vibrates when a Pokémon appears.

The app can also tempt you to visit unfamiliar places on your own, enter inaccessible places like construction sites, or run off at night to catch certain Pokémon. Make firm rules of the game here. Your child should always go on a quest accompanied by a friendly player, and a parent or guardian should always be aware of the locations visited.

Since there are always new Pokémon, the game virtually never ends. The more and stronger Pokémon you have, the higher your game level. Many children and young people like to compare themselves with each other and want to be better than the others. That’s why the app tempts you to want to keep playing. In the rules for game use, you should therefore determine together with your child how long and how often he or she may access the app.

In terms of data protection, Pokémon GO is subject to some criticism. In order for your child to use the app and go on a Pokémon hunt, GPS reception on the smartphone must be activated at all times. You have to give the app many more permissions, including access to the SD card and the camera. It is not clear to what extent the manufacturer Niantic uses all this data or could use it in the future.

The game is financed via
In-App Purchases
. You acquire virtual Poké coins through game progress or for real money, and in exchange you can get more or less important items. Accessories are also offered in miracle boxes, for example, eggs from which Pokémon hatch. These boxes are also called Lootboxes because the actual value of the content is a matter of luck. To avoid tempting your child, you as a parent can deactivate in-app purchases on iOS or password-protect them on Android. Because even without these in-app purchases, the game is fun!

The game was put under the microscope by Stiftung Warentest in 2019 and was the only one of the games tested to receive the second-best category of “Questionable”, whereas all the others received an “Unacceptable”. The only problem is data privacy: The name of the mobile provider and usage statistics are passed on to third parties, and the privacy policy is not understandable for children.

What does the provider think?

On the official website of the U.S. game manufacturer Niantic and when launching the app, among other things, the above-mentioned problems are pointed out and tips for safety are given. In addition, guardians are advised to use parental controls in the settings of cell phones. This can be used to limit game time and in-app purchases. Through the Niantic Kids Parent Portal, parents can set up, manage, and customize their child’s game accounts before their first game. More information offers the in-app purchases

What should parents pay attention to?

Your child is eager to go hunting for Pokémon? Here you are faced with the task of assessing whether your child is aware of the risks being addressed. In addition to data protection issues (especially constant location tracking), this includes whether your child already understands the principle of “augmented reality” – that is, the merging of reality and play.

Always download only the original app (from Niantic). Third-party apps are often infected with malware.

You, as the parent or guardian, must set up a separate children’s account for children under 13. It is recommended to create a new account and not use an existing Google account. Use the Niantic Kids parent portal to manage your child’s game account.

It’s best to discover the game together with your child and agree on rules for the duration of the game, the permitted play radius and in-app purchases. Team up with friendly families and don’t let your child go off on their own. Maybe the game is a good opportunity for a joint Pokémon walk in the fresh air!

Kixi – streaming extra for kids

If you’re looking for good movies or podcasts for kids, you’ll quickly land on Kixi. The platform is a streaming service with a very special mission: Because on Kixi there are offers exclusively for children.

In a nutshell:

  • Children’s streaming service with diverse content
  • Target group: children from 3 to 13 years
  • free version with small offer (after registration)
  • Full version subscription: €4.99 (browser) or €6.99 (app) per month
  • ad-free

Kixi – what’s there actually?

Kixi touts “educational children’s movies” on its website. These are selected by an editorial team. At Kixi there is a good selection of offers for children. These include classics such as “The Snow Queen” or stories by Astrid Lindgren as well as new on-screen heroes, e.g. the “Dragon Coconut”. Users can choose from four categories:

  1. Movies,
  2. Series (animated and live-action),
  3. Education and
  4. Audio

Under “Audio” there is a selection of audio plays and audio books. Educational offerings include educational films from the school sector, what-is-what offerings or factual films such as “Der kleine Medicus,” but also learning series that convey knowledge content with a playful character. The offers are sorted by age (the FSK rating applies here) or genre, so that you can quickly find what you are looking for.

Kixi can be viewed directly in a browser via kixi.de, but it also works as an app, via Magenta TV or via other smart TV apps. Registration with an email address is required to use Kixi.

For children top …

In fact, the selection at Kixi is considerable and well sorted. Children can look, listen and learn there largely without hesitation. Since the app is ad-free, there is no risk that young viewers will click on commercial links or come across content that is actually only intended for adults.

By sorting by age, it quickly becomes clear which offers are also suitable for the youngest. Since the range is very clearly laid out, children can easily find their way around on their own. When on the road, the offline function can be used to access the program even without Internet access.

… but not a free ride for parents!

Even if the offer is safe for children, they need company even with the best program.

Select movies, audios, etc. with your child to make sure the preschooler doesn’t accidentally browse the “12+” category. In addition, it is important to jointly define rules of use and to discuss the content viewed with each other. Children have a lot of need to talk even after watching harmless films and must have a suitable contact person for this.

If you use the free offer first, you should remember to disable in-app purchases. Otherwise, your child will very quickly end up on paid content and may accidentally sign up for a subscription.

Popular games: Fall Guys

Colorful avatars try to reach the finish line as fast as possible and have to overcome numerous tricky obstacles in a colorful and playfully designed game world. Unfair behavior is not forbidden, so opponents are sometimes pushed aside to get ahead faster themselves. Fall Guys is popular among children and teenagers, so we present the game.

In a nutshell:

  • Battle Royale game from Epic Games in different versions
  • only playable online and together with others
  • Age restriction according to USK: 6 years and older, recommended 8 years and older
  • for PC and all popular game consoles
  • playable for free, but with optional purchases

What is Fall Guys?

In Fall Guys , the goal is to steer a character through an obstacle course and be faster than the other players.
A round starts with 60 participants and lasts about 15 to 20 minutes. After each mini-game, players are eliminated until a winner is determined.
In addition to the obstacles found in the world, players can prevent each other from winning, such as by pushing and holding.

Regularly there are new mini-games in Fall Guys, which are released as so-called seasons.

What fascinates kids and teens about Fall Guys?

Compared to other representatives of the Battle Royale genre, the game has a very colorful design and does not use vulgar language or depictions of violence. Due to the easy-to-understand game principle and the easy-to-learn controls, the game is suitable for all ages (from 8 years).

The gameplay is reminiscent of the television show “Ninja Warrior”, which is popular among young people. Kids and teens can play Fall Guys with their friends, competing against each other while chatting via voice chat. The short lap times allow gamers to manage their gaming time well.

There is now also a game app that takes up the principle of Fall Guys . Learn more about Stumble Guys at Handysektor.

What can be problematic about Fall Guys?

Fall Guys is available for free, but finances itself through in-game purchases. These do not bring any advantages, but only relate to the equipment and appearance of the character. Read more in our article Caution In-App Purchases!

In games with a highly competitive character, moments of frustration, and in extreme cases even aggression, can always occur.

The game does not have text chat within the game, however there is voice chat. This is disabled by default and must be enabled in the settings themselves. If it is activated, insults and the like may occur via it.

What should parents pay attention to?

For kids and teens, Fall Guys is all about having fun competing together. However, competing with friends and competing against each other in an obstacle course can cause conflict. Therefore, it is best to play the game together with your child at the beginning. This allows you to better relate to the fascination of the game. Your child should not be younger than six when playing the game for the first time, otherwise the bright colors and fast gameplay can easily overwhelm him. Pay attention to the age classification of the USK of the respective version (Season) and educational age recommendations.

As a parent, you should be especially attentive when it comes to in-app purchases. Talk to your child about the extent to which these are necessary and useful and find an arrangement for them.

Use the settings on the game console or in the game provider’s account, for example, to secure the payment functions with a PIN or to limit the playing time. Epic Games’ provider has parental controls, you can find more about them here.

Agree on basic rules for media use and talk to your child about risks in games.

Once around the world – go on a voyage of discovery with online games

Where is Cyprus actually located? What does Argentina look like? And which flag is striped yellow-green-red?* Our planet is diverse and worth exploring. Online games invite you to go on a virtual journey and learn more about countries, cities, oceans, volcanoes and more. We present selected geography games for different age groups.

Where am I? Travel to the end of the world with Google Street View

Imagine being abandoned in a place somewhere in the world and having to figure out where you are based on clues. This is what the Swedish geography game is about Geoguessr which is currently very popular among streamers. Players find themselves at the beginning randomly on a Google Street View image of a street or road. Use arrow keys to move through landscapes, villages and cities. They look around, zoom in on road signs, license plates or plants, and search for clues to their virtual whereabouts. Based on this, they try to place their pin as accurately as possible on the world map. The true location is then displayed and a score is assigned depending on the distance to your own tip. In the free version, the game time is limited. The paid Pro account allows you to play for an unlimited period of time and to play together with up to 20 friends in Battle Royal mode. Age recommendation: from 10 years(Spielatgeber NRW).

Which river is that? Answer tricky quiz questions around the world

For children from elementary school age, the educational games on Toporopa are intended. Here, everything revolves around the European continent. Whether it’s matching flags, identifying rivers or guessing capitals – children and young people will find learning stimuli and fun all in one. Before each game, you can expand your knowledge in the library or on the map. Afterwards, the learning success is checked by quizzes. If you want to test your knowledge of the world, you are at World Quiz Geography right. The two Dutch websites can be used in several languages and get by with little advertising. Age recommendation: from 8 years(Internet-ABC).

Where is what? Simple learning games for PC novices

Playing alone, with friends or against the computer – that’s possible in the learning games on LearningApps . Children from preschool age onwards can play games such as the Germany Quiz put their knowledge to the test. Those who create an account on LearningApps can create and share their own interactive learning games, called apps. These are, for example, matching exercises, multiple-choice questions or cloze tests. Behind LearningApps is a Swiss association, the website is ad-free. Age recommendation: depending on the game from preschool to high school.

What should parents pay attention to?

Whether for wanderlust or thirst for knowledge – geography games offer good entertainment, expand knowledge and satisfy many a longing. Play different geography games together with your child and virtually travel our world without any luggage. Keep in mind:

  • Free online games are usually financed by selling user data. Be sparing with your data and your child’s data. When setting up game accounts, pay attention to the settings for using your data.
  • Show your child how to recognize advertising and encourage a conscious and critical approach to online ads. If possible, use ad blockers for your browser.
  • Together with your child, agree on rules for media use in the family and consider how much screen time is appropriate.
  • Choose online games carefully and learn about the background of game sites on the net.
  • Educationally valuable offers can be found, for example, via the children’s search engines fragFINN and Blinde Kuh.

*Answers to the questions in the introduction

1. Cyprus is located in the southeastern Mediterranean Sea between Lebanon and Turkey.

From the rainforest to the pampas and the Patagonian coast, Argentina’s landscape is diverse and, above all, vast.

3. Lithuania’s flag has three horizontal stripes in yellow, green and red.


Snapchat is a free messenger for sending photos and short videos. The special feature: the funny selfie with the bunny ears or similar pictures “disappear” from the recipient’s smartphone after a short time.

In a nutshell:

  • free messenger app for Android or iOS
  • Paid version with additional features: Snapchat+
  • Features: share creative pictures, videos, funny emojis and filters with friends
  • According to provider from 13 years allowed (according to DSGVO from 16 years)
  • Various contact risks, including the location function that enables tracking of one’s whereabouts

What is Snapchat?

With Snapchat, photos and short videos can be sent to contacts as messages or stories. These snaps are only visible for a certain time and “self-destruct” afterwards. The photos and videos can be edited with countless filters. With the “Memories” function, users can also save certain content. In addition to private stories from friends, there is also content from stars and brands. The “Spotlight” function also allows creative short videos to be posted in the TikTok -style. Users can be found via the so-called “Snap Codes” and via their cell phone number if this is activated in the settings. The own profile contains only pictures and videos, other personal information is not provided. With the map function “Snap Map” you can see where your contacts are at the moment.

Snapchat+ offers a few more features, but so far (as of October 2022) they are rather gimmicky, e.g. selecting different app icons for the phone screen or tagging a very best friend.

What particularly fascinates children and young people about Snapchat?

The app is one of the most popular applications among teenagers aged 13 and older. Teenagers are very fond of using Snapchat to share with their friends. For this purpose, images and videos are simply sent instead of text. The use of fun filters, videos that can be accompanied by music, and the fact that the messages disappear again after a short time is what makes the app so appealing. Snapchat seems more youthful and playful than, for example. Instagram . Communication via Snapchat seems more private to young people, as content is only shared with individuals or in groups here. On the “Snap Map”, people are represented as avatars, which is why it looks like a game.

What can be problematic about Snapchat?

All content on Snapchat doesn’t actually self-destruct, it just can’t be accessed after a certain amount of time. Theoretically, they can be recovered on the device with some technical know-how. Or a screenshot is simply taken – the sender of the image is informed about this, however. Nevertheless, it can be problematic when children and young people send very personal – perhaps even intimate – pictures and videos of themselves and these may be used against them, for example, via cyberbullying. Due to the large amount of content sent, it is difficult to control it. Children and young people should therefore know exactly how to use the reporting and blocking function. This is especially useful in the case of unwanted contact. This is one of the reasons why the “Snap Map” function should be viewed critically.

Certain content can also be problematic for young people. This includes images that are not age-appropriate as well as inappropriate advertising or snaps of brands and products.

What does the provider think?

Users must abide by the rules of the Snap platform. The use of Snapchat is allowed to teenagers from 13 years only with the permission of their parents. However, there is no technical verification of the age information.

In general, it is prohibited to distribute or advertise adult content, such as pornographic images. Minors are not allowed to post or send nude pictures or sexually provocative content of themselves. Security issues can be reported within the service’s German-language security center. It is also possible to block and report other users. So-called content managers check violations of Snapchat policies.

Snapchat collects a lot of data from its users and explains this very openly in its privacy policy – even that data is sometimes passed on to third parties. The data that you send via Snapchat is encrypted during transmission.

What should parents pay attention to?

Handysektor offers a good overview of how to use Snapchat safely. Snapchat ‘sFamily Center gives parents an overview of their child’s activities on the app. However, to connect to the child’s account, a separate Snapchat account is required.

If your child is eager to use the app, be sure to talk about potential dangers. Regulate who can see the shared content and who can’t. Go through the settings together. Explain to yours that sent images can be saved via screenshot by the recipient. It is strongly recommended that teens only add friends to their list that they actually know.

Also talk about the Snap Map function: What does making your location visible mean, what are the consequences and risks involved, and is the function even needed? Location sharing can also happen unconsciously (when opening the app). This can be prevented in the so-called “ghost mode” (Ghost Mode). It is also possible to revoke the app’s permission to access the location. If a friend of your child uses Snapchat+, special care should be taken to disable the tracking feature or block the person.

Playful learning pages for elementary school children

It is natural for adults and young people to search for information on the Internet and to use search engines. Younger children, who are just learning to read and write, must first be introduced to learning via the Internet. After all, it is not easy to filter out the appropriate content from the large quantities of information. In addition, much of the content is not made for children, but is aimed at adults. This can quickly overwhelm children.

Fortunately, there is a good supply of German-language children’s sites online. Not only are they fun, but they also help you learn.

Why should we use special websites for children?

Just as children’s books are suitable for learning to read in the first few years, offers aimed at children should also be used for the first steps on the Internet. Such children’s sites are understandable and simple in language. They are not overloaded, so that Internet beginners can easily orient themselves and learn how to use digital media. Children can participate themselves on these pages in a safe environment: they can get in touch with other children and express their own opinions.

In addition, children’s sites can serve as learning support because they offer child-friendly information on many different topics and these are often implemented in a playful manner.

What makes good children’s sites for learning?

  • They are encouraging, inspiring and stimulating.
  • They have clear and transparent goals for adults and children.
  • They are user friendly.
  • They have trustworthy content.
  • They provide security and privacy.
  • They disclose functions and handle advertising or product mentions responsibly.

Which children’s sites are suitable for which learning topics?

We recommend the following sites for language and German learning:

  • Amira is a reading program for elementary school students. Besides German, 8 other languages are offered. Amira requires registration on the site.
  • Graf Ortho’s spelling workshop is very simple and helps students with German spelling.
  • Legakids provides support for dyslexia. With the reading monster Lurs children learn to deal with writing and reading problems.
  • On Signgrips there are explanatory videos in sign language (and spoken language) on very different topics for sign-oriented children. Other children can also experience and learn about sign language here.
  • The site englischlernspiele.de helps with learning English. Here students or parents and teachers can take or create vocabulary tests and other learning games.
  • Children who can already understand and read English can find language games, songs, and more on the British Council’s LearnEnglish Kids site.

Recommended sites on the topics of mathematics and subject matter:

  • Elementary school kids can find math games, practice sheets, and more at the fun-looking site Coollama. The site also offers material for parents and teachers.
  • If you have done your homework but would like to find more tasks for the subjects geography, history and mathematics (beyond the elementary school level), you will find what you are looking for at Aufgabenfuchs.
  • The online environmental magazine Ökoleo offers a lot of interesting information and suggestions on environmental and factual topics for children with a little more Internet experience.
  • On the junior portal of the WWF – one of the world’s largest conservation organizations – children can learn a lot about animals, nature and the environment.
  • NAJUversum is an online platform of the youth association of the German Nature Conservation Union. Here, elementary school-aged children can explore the different habitats of our land and get ideas for crafts and research.
  • Tierchenwelt is an online encyclopedia about animals – with texts, photos, videos, games and more.

There is also much to learn in the areas of art and creativity:

  • On the Knipsclub photo platform, children can learn about photography and, if they are registered, also exchange ideas in a protected space.
  • Many children like to paint. At the Kritzel Klub , they can do this digitally on a virtual white surface using a variety of tools.
  • Labbé has craft and game ideas for kids. The numerous suggestions can also be very helpful for parents.

The following pages deal with the learning topics religion and society:

  • The website Discover Religions is aimed at children and young people, who can learn a lot about different religions.
  • Discover Church is a children’s site of the Protestant Church. With Kira the magpie, children can virtually explore a church or the story of Martin Luther.
  • Many children do not understand why people in the world wage war. The Ask Peace page addresses children’s concerns and questions about this in a child-friendly way.
  • The Hanisauland site offers children between the ages of 8 and 14 simple and understandable approaches to the topic of politics.
  • Kindersache is an offer from the German Children’s Fund. Here, children will find current and child-friendly news, the JUKI video portal, an animated film studio and numerous hands-on activities.

Children’s sites that support learning across subjects:

  • On Homeschooling4kids there are learning materials for different subjects (in elementary school) for varied learning at home.
  • In the Hamster Box, students in grades 1 through 6 will find learning stories and theme pages for various school subjects.
  • Planet Schule, the school television program from SWR and WDR, has an Internet portal for children of primary school age – with films, interactive games and more.
  • The Anton app is a website and learning app that offers important topics from school to match the curriculum. The app offers tasks and games in all subjects such as German, math, English, science, biology, etc. for grades 1 to 13.
  • Various sites offer good encyclopedias for children to find understandable explanations of terms and topics: The mini-encyclopedia is suitable for beginning readers. We also recommend Klexikon and fragFINN’s school search engine.

This collection is only a selection of good children’s sites for learning. If you know of other good sites, feel free to share your experiences via our contact form or via social media on our Facebook or Instagram channel.

Podcast apps

Put headphones on your ears and turn on the podcast in your smartphone – and you’re ready to listen! But which platforms and apps can you use to listen to podcasts? Which offers are best suited? What is there to consider?

Not all podcast apps are created equal

Podcasts can be listened to in various ways: directly via a provider’s website or via various apps. The apps themselves can be divided into streaming platforms, such as Spotify and Amazon Music, and so-called podcatchers.

Podcasts on the major streaming services

Users can also access podcasts through popular audio content platforms. You can search for podcasts using the search or filter function. Some of these are exclusive podcasts that are only available on the respective platform. The apps are usually free, but require registration. If you don’t want to listen to commercials in between, you have to take out a paid subscription.

  • Amazon Music and Audible from the U.S. company Amazon each have only one payment model.
  • Deezer is an app from France. There are two paid subscription models with offline function: Deezer Family with multiple accounts and Deezer Premium.
  • Spotify from Sweden offers various paid premium subscriptions (u. a. Family for up to six accounts).

With Family subscriptions, you can set up a separate account for your child. In it, you can create a playlist of age-appropriate podcasts.

Listen to podcasts via podcatcher

Podcatchers are apps that allow subscribing to podcasts, downloading episodes and listening to them directly. New podcasts can be added via a search function. Such apps are suitable for those who like to listen to podcasts regularly. Podcatchers can access a great many podcasts, for example, content from the ARD audio library. Since the podcatcher offer in the app stores is very large, we have compiled the following selection, which can help in the decision for such a podcast app:


The free app is only available for Android. The range of functions is reduced, but clear. The absolute plus point is the good data protection. The app can also be downloaded and used without a Google account (via the alternative app store F-Droid). It is open source and there is no company behind it that wants to make money with the app.

Apple Podcasts

The app only runs on iOS. It is already pre-installed on the devices. Those who use multiple Apple devices can sync the podcast content, i.e. access it from multiple devices. Unfortunately, certain settings in the app have to be made individually for each podcast, e.g. enable or disable automatic download when a new episode appears. The structure of the app is understandable and clear.

Google Podcasts

The free app is pre-installed on most Android devices and requires a Google account. Then content can be synchronized across devices. Podcast episodes can also be downloaded and listened to offline.


The free app is only available for iOS. It offers a wider range of features than Apple Podcasts and comes with unusual features, such as Voice Boost, so podcasts sound pleasant and consistently loud. There is no big company behind the app, but a single developer who is a podcaster himself.

Pocket Cast

The app is available for Android and iOS for free and it is also available as a web app. The app has a wide range of features, including creating your own playlists. Additional functions have to be paid for via in-app purchases, but are not necessary for most users. The app can be a bit confusing for newbies.


The app itself is free, but after a trial period, use must be paid for by subscription. It is available for Android and iOS. In it there are not only podcasts, but also audio plays and audio books.


The free app from a German developer is available for Android and iOS. The special feature: the app does not collect any data from its users. In addition, many of the sometimes innovative features were developed together with podcast fans. The app is suitable for podcast newcomers as well as for frequent listeners.

This is still important to know

Podcatchers are not suitable for everyone. If you or your child only listen to podcasts occasionally and use platforms such as Spotify anyway, the corresponding app is certainly sufficient.

Before installing a new app, carefully read the descriptions in the app stores. Pay particular attention to which smartphone features the podcast app wants to access and whether that makes sense for you. You can also install and try apps before deciding to use them together with your child. Remember to uninstall the unused apps and delete the account. This conserves smartphone memory and ensures that unused apps cannot track data.

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