What if something out there had your kid begging you to turn off the TV or tablet, put away the video games, and listen to a story? It seems practically impossible in today's media environment. But with podcasts, "no screens" becomes "no problem." Podcasts made for—and even by—kids are popping up all over the place. More and more people are tuning in, with a 48% increase in listeners from 2017 to 2019 among teens and young adults.
You may have already hopped on the podcast bus, thanks to popular but mature hits such as Serial and Radiolab. But thankfully, podcasters are starting to realize that kids love what they're doing as much as grown-ups. Teachers are eve n using them in the classroom. With exciting stories, fascinating facts, and lively sound effects to grab kids' interest, all you need for an entertaining family listening experience are some headphones or a set of speakers.
It can be daunting for a first-timer to enter the world of podcasts, but digital tools have made it easier than ever to start listening. Podcasts are available to stream online or with a "podcatcher," an app you can download specifically for podcasts. Here are some popular options for listening:
Find plenty more on Common Sense Media's list of Podcast and Audio Apps.
Once you have your favourite app or website, search its library by topic and start exploring everything from science to sports to movies and more. Or if searching is too overwhelming, check out more recommendations, including the 25 best podcasts for kids, the best podcasts for little kids, and the best podcasts for tweens and teens. And don't forget to subscribe! Subscribing lets the app push new episodes directly to your device as soon as they're available, so you'll always have the latest update at your fingertips.
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