The Australian ABC service is a fantastic community resource – as an aside, it’s still under attack by the current government – check out Friends of the ABC to see – and they have a range of apps to complement their services, they released a new one last year aimed at children – ABC ME. I checked it out recently and was quite impressed.
The app description describes it well and succinctly : ABC ME is a video-on-demand app for Australian primary school aged children that forms part of the ABC iview family. Watch ABC ME shows when and where you want in a trusted online environment. ABC ME is free and there are no adverts or in-app purchases so it can be installed on their tablets (heck if they are unfortunate enough to use iPads there is an app for them too – just kidding they are ok) without worrying about it. Bear in mind though, that in common with all video playing apps they do use a fair amount of your monthly data, WiFi or cellular, so be aware of this.
– Quality shows: ABC ME is the home to many trusted and loved shows, carefully selected to entertain and educate young Australians. In the app you’ll also find some favourite, age and classification appropriate ABC and ABC KIDS shows that are loved by primary school children.
– Personalise your app: Add favourite shows to your own, easy-to-access ‘My Shows’ page by clicking on ‘Add to my shows’ on any program page. You can also create your own avatar and save reactions to shows.
– Explore and discover: Discover new shows and find themed content recommendations from the ABC ME team on the ‘Explore’ page.
– Parental Control Settings: Parents and carers can limit access to certain shows based on classification levels or turn off individual shows.
– Trusted environment: All data is stored locally, users are not personally identified using this app.
– Watch via Wifi or 3G/4G.
Great for the grandkids when they come to stay. Because there are no ads or popups asking users to pay for extra features it’s a safe enviromnent for them to explore too, so give it a try if the little blighters get bored on a rainy day!
Price : FREE
Needs : Android 4.2+