We’ve all heard the studies that too much time in front of the TV for young children can be detrimental to their mental development and well-being. But, we’ve also heard the studies that say parents need to use the bathroom, eat, and on occasion, shower. We’ve even co-authored papers on it. For those reasons and many more, TV can be a huge saviour to parents. The right show can also be a great learning tool for young viewers, as long as children are watching quality programs that are age-appropriate.
Thanks to a new influx of children’s programming on CraveTV, shows that help children learn everything from manners to geography are now available to stream anytime. Because at any time, you may need five minutes to send an email for work. Or, just five minutes to do absolutely anything. No judgement.
Here are ten shows your kids can watch without you feeling guilty for letting them sit in front of the TV.
ELLA THE ELEPHANT
Age Range: 3 to 6
What it’s about: The animated series is set on Elephant Island and follows a little elephant named Ella. Using her magic hat that transforms into different items, Ella likes to help those around her and is often aided by her friends Belinda, Tiki and Frankie.
Why you can skip the guilt: Kindness is key on Elephant Island. Plus, Ella and her friends are involved in situations that many young viewers can relate to, including first camping trips, school picture day, sleep overs, and getting lost.
THE MIGHTY JUNGLE
Age Range: 3 to 6
What it’s about: With a combination of brightly coloured puppets and preschoolers, each episode takes on a different issue, with the puppets acting out different scenarios as young children suggest how they should respond to various situations.
Why you can skip the guilt: The premise of the show is teaching young children how to handle and react to everyday situations, including having a babysitter and being kind to your friends
HURRAY FOR HUCKLE: BUSYTOWN MYSTERIES
Age Range: 3 – 6
What it’s about: Based on Richard Scarry’s bestselling book series Busytown, Hurray for Huckle follows Huckle Cat and his sister Sally Cat as they interact with other anthromorphic animals that make up the residents of Busytown.
Why you can skip the guilt Huckle Cat uses reasoning and logic as he looks for clues in each episode to help solve the latest mystery. Huckle Cat and Sally Cat also spend most of their time helping other residents of Busytown.
THE ADVENTURES OF PADDINGTON BEAR
Age Range: 4 to 8
What it’s about: Based on the book series by author Michael Bond, The Adventures of Paddington Bear follows the beloved British bear with a penchant for blue pea coats. Paddington’s adventures range from trips to the hospital to visiting his friend Mr. Curry, to traveling the world.
Why you can skip the guilt: Kids will learn about different countries on Paddington’s travels, including Japan, Egypt, France, as well as different provinces and territories in Canada. Plus, Paddington is always polite, making him a great reminder to kids to always say their ‘pleases and thank yous.’
CLASS OF TITANS
Age Range: 6 – 10
What it’s about: A group of seven teenagers are tasked with fulfilling a prophecy and defeating the time titan Cronus, who has escaped prison after thousands of years behind bars.
Why you can skip the guilt: The show features lessons on leadership and teamwork and includes stories of Greek mythology that will be helpful when high school English class starts.
Age Range: 7 – 11
What it’s about: The show follows a preteen named Hunter Steel, who stumbles into a subterranean world where a group of warrior bugs are battling to save their world from another race of insects.
Why you can skip the guilt The warrior bugs are children who must work together to save their home, teaching young viewers about selflessness and teamwork. Spider Riders will also teach viewers about insects, so be prepared for your kids to start bringing home creepy crawlies they find in the backyard.
KID VS. KAT
Age Range: 7 to 12
What it’s about: Little Millie decides to adopt a cat named, well, Kat, much to the chagrin of her older brother Coop. Kat and Coop battle daily, with only Coop seeing the true evil genius that lies under the face of cute kitty cat.
Why you can skip the guilt: The show does include some exaggerated physical and mental violence from both the cat and the two main characters (Millie and Coop), but the show is written for a young audience, making it safe for little viewers, but still entertaining for adults. You can watch it together!
SABRINA’S SECRET LIFE
Age Range: 7 to 12
What it’s about: The animated series follows 14-year-old Sabrina, a high school student who uses her magic wand to cast spells that she learns during her secret magic and witchcraft lessons.
Why you can skip the guilt: Each episode includes a positive message for viewers, including taking responsibility for your actions, how to be a good friend, and being truthful. Plus, there’s been an effort to make the cast more diverse than previous Sabrina series.
Age Range: 8 to 12
What it’s about: Five YouTubers play popular video games like Minecraft, Fortnite, and Roblox.
Why you can skip the guilt: Videos of people playing video games are huge on YouTube (we don’t get it either), but in many cases, the YouTubers that upload videos are making content for adults and use language that isn’t appropriate for young viewers. With The Pals, you can let your kids indulge in the new trend of watching people play video games without worrying about getting a call from the school for inappropriate language.
Age Range: 8 – 12
What it’s about: Based on the popular video game Sonic the Hedgehog, young Sonic works with his family members to help stop a dictator who is trying to overtake the city.
Why you can skip the guilt: The storylines can be a bit complex and some viewers may find the dictator too scary to watch, which is why we’re giving this show a rating of ages 8 and above. But its serious subject matter shouldn’t scare away parents. Sonic must work with his family, including his brother and sister, to defeat the city’s leader, thus showing the importance of teamwork and standing up for what you believe in.
All these titles and more are available now on CraveTV, with more great series like Peppa Pig, Teletubbies, Mona The Vampire, League of Super Evil, Doodlebops Roadshow coming soon!