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Mobile children’s television with the Toggo app

3 minutes reading time
6-13 years
Quelle: toggo.de

Toggo is Super RTL’s children’s program. Through the free Toggo app , kids and teens can watch a selection of popular series, movies and shows. Unlike the TV program, you can do this at any time and with any device.

In a nutshell:

  • App for various operating and TV systems
  • Content exclusively suitable for children (for about 6 to 12 years)
  • ad-financed and therefore free of charge
  • no registration necessary

What can the Toggo app do?

The app is available for Apple devices, Android, but also other systems like Amazon Fire TV. Depending on the operating system, the app also includes free Toggo games. You can listen to music via the integrated Toggo Radio.

Overall, the navigation in the app is clearly structured and child-friendly. You can set favorites and the app remembers the state of the last use. Users must be online to view the content. So, compared to other streaming services, you can’t download individual shows and watch them offline. Some users in the app stores complain about long loading times and technical flaws. Some series seasons are missing from the offer or episodes are only available in abbreviated form.

What fascinates children about it?

Once installed and opened, you can start directly with the first videos and clips without registration. The series, movies, clips and shows are kid-friendly, colorful, funny and deal with children’s issues. Some series are very well-known and have a large fan base, e.g. Lego NinjaGo, Woozle Goozle, Angelo, PAW Patrol or Pokémon. With this app, kids have a very easy access to their favorite content. So the experience is similar to the TV, with the advantage that the selection is much larger and you can therefore choose much more.

What can be problematic about the offer?

Since the app is almost entirely financed by advertising revenue, commercials are shown before, during and even in the middle of the videos. If your child is not yet experienced with advertising, it can strongly influence desires or create new ones.

The view on the tablet automatically switches from the portrait overview to landscape when videos are selected. This can be a bit annoying because you have to turn the tablet over and over again. Also, the screen is very crowded with the small icons for all the content. Younger children in particular can be overwhelmed by the wide range of offers.

What does the provider think?

The provider guarantees that no content with an age rating of 12 years or older is included. For younger children, there is the Toggolino app.

Advertising is clearly marked and therefore easy to distinguish from other content.

What should parents pay attention to?

The app lacks a reference to specific age recommendations for the individual series. You should inform yourself in advance, e.g. via Flimmo, which series are suitable for your child. Accompany your child as they use the app so you notice how they respond to content. When you watch together, you can answer your child’s questions and he or she can process the content better if he or she can interact with you.

There are hardly any setting options in the app, which you also have to search for first (at the very bottom in the footer). The “Select favorites” function is missing in the iOS version.

For some offers a monthly fee is due. In return, there will be less advertising, among other things. It’s the same with the Toggo app compared to other video and streaming services. If you or your child decide to use the Toggo app, it is advisable to talk about advertising. In conversation, you can find out if it can see through advertising and explain to it what advertising is and how it works. You can find suggestions for this in our article.

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