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Mobile children’s TV with the ZDFtivi app

2 minutes reading time
3-13 years
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Many TV stations now make their broadcasts available online. The children’s and youth program ZDFtivi is available in the ZDF media center and as a free app for mobile devices.

In a nutshell:

  • Contents for children from 3 years
  • no costs, no in-app purchases
  • No advertising
  • Parents can set time limit via PIN
  • Available for Android, iOS and Kindle Fire TV

What does the ZDFtivi app offer?

Included are many programs, games and child-friendly news formats such as logo! An extra feature is the comment function, which young viewers can use to exchange views on contributions. All favorite series can be saved as favorites in a children’s profile under ”my ZDFtivi”. Much content can be downloaded and viewed offline. This makes the app suitable for on the go as well.

As a parent, you have to deal with the fact that series and movies are constantly available via streaming offers and apps. A time limit can be set in the app. In addition, only ZDFtivi ‘s pedagogically approved content can be viewed via it – without commercial elements such as advertising or in-app purchases. It thus offers a protected and age-appropriate space for children and young people.

What can be problematic about the ZDFtivi app?

The app is more than just a streaming service. Children can get in touch with others through the comment functions. In this way, children learn about a typical element of online communication. They can express their opinions and participate in public discussions. At the same time, comment fields can also pose risks such as cyberbullying, cybergrooming, and hate speech salvage. Every comment on ZDFtivi is therefore first checked before it is published. This allows children to have their first online experiences in a safe environment. Dealing with social media and their risks is also addressed in the youth format App+onwhich is available on ZDFtivi.

Some parents find it especially convenient to use movies and shows on the go. However, the wide range of apps like ZDFtivi can mean that your child can’t find an ending because after one video, the next one can be played right away. To limit extreme continuous use, you can set up a time limit that can only be set via a PIN. In addition, the offline use function can be turned off. However, you should then take note to also exhibit the use of mobile data so as not to incur high costs.

What else should you look out for as a parent?

Younger children in particular should be accompanied when watching TV, whether online or via the TV set. Pay attention to age recommendations and find out about individual shows in advance, e.g. at Flimmo. Give your child the opportunity to share about the content.

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