Planet Fun’s safe app for kids a breath of digital fresh air for families

Kiwi kid company Planet Fun have announced the launch of a new free app and website designed specifically for local kids. The hub is designed to be a safe place for kids to watch TV shows, webisodes, play games, read articles, create avatars, plus check out their favourite toys and more.

With over 7 billion videos on You Tube it’s no wonder that the majority of parents are concerned about inappropriate videos being at the fingertips of their kids. Sadly, safety measures are coming too late, and aren’t fail proof. Couple this with the massive reduction in free to air TV time for kids in New Zealand, and it’s easy to see why Planet Fun are keen to provide a closed entertainment site for kids in New Zealand.

“Someone in the entertainment sphere needed to deliver safe fun to kids in this country!” says Planet Fun CEO and founder, Jeremy Kirk-Smith. “We were witnessing a demise in kids’ free to air TV programming, and we were also reading horror stories about kids accessing You Tube shows that had been dubbed with inappropriate language. No wonder parents refer to You Tube as the digital Wild West! Having been in the kid business for almost 20 years, we have a genuine love of kids in this country and were in a position to help out”.

 

The Planet Fun site has an impressive level of the entertaining features including the hosts of the site Riggle and Fizz, two seriously cute monsters who give kids a quick how-to guide on exploring the site. There is a weekly “Off the Planet” vlog or short TV show narrated by Walter and Teddy the Dog, of Sticky TV fame. Some of the shows include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, LOL webisodes, skateboarding videos and toy unboxing. The site feels like you’ve entered a fun galaxy and kids can create their own “monster” avatar, collect virtual coins, play kid friendly games, or explore hours of video. The Off the Planet vlog has weekly art and science activities that kids can try themselves and a weekly toy prize up for grabs.

Obviously, toys are a big part of a kids’ life as well. This is Planet Fun’s core business, and how the site and the production of local shows is funded. “We are in the business of delivering fun, happy experiences to kids. Some of the memories we hold onto the most come from the love of our favourite toys and TV shows” explains Kirk-Smith, “we are increasingly witnessing the blurring of lines between entertainment properties with key kid brands spanning movies, TV shows, webisodes, toys, clothing brands, games and more. It makes sense for us to curate these elements safely for Kiwi kids”. Planet Fun are famous in New Zealand for bringing some of the hottest kid brands to New Zealand such as LOL Surprise, Hatchimals, Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, Tech Deck, Little Tikes and many,  many more. In operation since 2000, many Kiwi parents will have fond memories of Planet Fun toys from the past including Tamagotchi, Teletubbies, Barney, LeapFrog, Cranium and many more.

Planet Fun ensure that every show, game and piece of content on their site is personally vetted and that there are no links out. To keep the site engaging, content is being updated daily and the Off The Planet vlog is uploaded weekly. With research finding that 97% of parents would be likely to encourage their kids to use a fun/safe site made by Kiwis for kiwis, this can only be a good thing for all families.

To download the App search for Planet Fun on both the Apple and Google Play Stores or head to www.planetfun.co.nz .

8 Comments

  1. felicity beets 04/08/2018 at 6:13 pm

    Looks great – hope it has lots of Peppa Pig on it. Also good to see that there are not links out and hopefully no way of accidentally making purchases online too.

  2. Shorrty4life1 02/08/2018 at 5:44 pm

    Wow this looks great for the kids. They have a tablet to share at the moment so I will definitely be installing this on it. I’m not very keen on them watching you tube it’s too dangerous and can never keep up on what they are watching which is a real issue. They tried kids tube also but that seemed to have viruses and all sorts on it. This will hopefully be the best new app for my kids

  3. Shelz69 01/08/2018 at 7:17 pm

    What an awesome app. It will bring peace of mind to many mums and dads out there. No need to constantly be checking what they are looking at. It far to easy for young ones to press the wrong buttons and get to see things they should see, so this is fantastic

  4. Alezandra 29/07/2018 at 11:54 pm

    This app is timely. Yes, YouTube videos are becoming painful. The ads in between are at time inappropriate. To a point that I’ve deleted the YouTube apps from our tablet. It’s a shame that free to air kid’s shows were cut down.

  5. Bevik1971 16/07/2018 at 10:59 am

    I LOVE this App!! I don’t like our 5 & a half year old going on the tablet too often and when she does she is in the same room and I am always checking what she is on (Kidstube etc and games). But the internet is still dangerous and I don’t trust it 🙂 This app is great, I’ve just downloaded it on my phone to have a play, not to mention entering the competition!!

  6. Mands1980 10/07/2018 at 7:51 pm

    This sounds like a great app it’s great that it’s safe for kids in every way. It’s great that it is updated regularly. Our kids are always playing different things on there iPads or looking up things on you tube with this app at least you dont need to worry about them seeing the wrong things.

  7. kymmage 10/07/2018 at 6:44 pm

    Wow, I like the idea of the app. I agree it is hard to find good, truly child friendly content on YouTube. And even when you do, there’s no saying the advertisements and recommended videos that follow will be okay for viewing either. I will be looking into this as a alternative for the kids to access when they are looking for content to watch in between games.

  8. Jen_Wiig 10/07/2018 at 6:39 pm

    Awww how awesome!!! Well done planet fun!!! I will admit my 3yr old prob spends more time than I like on his device but when he is I’m forever worried about what he will find and rightly so too been 2 occasions where what looked innocent enough was horrendous in actual alitiy…. The fact this app is free and available on both Apple and Android is such a plus too… I will deff be letting my other mumma friends know about this.

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