The Kid Should See This connects busy teachers and parents to a growing library of smart, short, and super-cool, “not-made-for-kids, but perfect for them” videos that can be watched in the classroom or together at home. Enjoy 8 to 12 new videos each week, and search 4,000+ videos in the archives, curated by me, Rion Nakaya, with help from my 8 & 11 year olds.
Sometimes it’s just challenging to find it! TKSST spotlights a wide variety of short, videos that can start conversations, spark questions, & inspire offline exploration for all ages.
TKSST’s video selections are driven by wonder, enthusiasm, and “wow!” moments. We cover all topics under and beyond our sun, with a special focus on STEAM—science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
TKSST is also on a mission to share information about subjects that are often misunderstood, like evolution, climate science, and clean energy solutions, and look for opportunities to amplify women and people of color who work in STEM fields.
Start browsing our main navigation, find related topic tags below every video, or search the site for specific content.
YES! Frankly, a lot of kid-targeted media is mind-numbingly difficult to watch, often full of simplistic narration, smart-alecky dialogue, or wacky noises. Instead, TKSST surfaces media that’s not made specifically for children, but that can be meaningful to anyone of any age.
Each video on TKSST is selected to contribute to a kid-friendly corner on the internet that doesn’t underestimate what children can learn or what they might be interested in.
…or as my (then) 6yo said, “You know, there are actually no adults. It’s just that adults are the oldest kids.”
When videos appeal to kids and adults alike, it’s a lot more fun to sit down and watch together, and it’s easier to model curiosity and critical thinking. Parent and mentor involvement has a lasting impact on kids, helps build a shared vocabulary, and provides an opportunity to demonstrate that learning doesn’t stop as we grow older.
We’re huge fans of co-viewing. Author Anya Kamenetz has written some insightful guidelines from her research on this. Inspired by food writer Michael Pollan, she advises: “Enjoy screens. Not too much. Mostly together.”
Every video is just the beginning of the story. New questions, continued discussions, related reading, googling, and writing, and trying out new things can all be next steps in exploring our changing world. Featured videos can also play a part in Genius Hour, inquiry-based learning, flipped classroom activities, integrated studies, and inspiring hands-on experiments, projects, challenges, and experiences.
In November 2014, I launched The TKSST Gift Guide to connect our readers with smart books, games, toys, and more that we genuinely like and use, and/or have been featured on TKSST, and/or are on our wish list. It’s enjoyed praise from Jason Kottke, Recomendo, Austin Kleon, and other awesome supporters.
Affiliate links are included in the gift guide and on this site. You can also support TKSST through your everyday Amazon shopping by using our custom Amazon link that helps us earn a small percentage of the purchase total. The more you spend, the more you support the many hours and associated costs of running TKSST all year round. Thank you!
TKSST is a reader-supported educational resource, and thanks to our Patreon supporters, we’re improving the site to better connect our readers with the wide variety of videos we’ve collected. Starting with a brand new site, launched in March, we’re aiming to add search refinements, bookmarking, tags that are aligned with curriculum standards, additional video collections, and other improvements. Stay tuned.
The Kid Should See This has a reputation for being a safe place to find kid-friendly videos. That’s a big deal to me, especially with some of the disappointing news surrounding YouTube and YouTube Kids.
That said, TKSST.com is not closed ecosystem. Though we work to reduce distraction and keep focus on curated content, please be aware that auto-promoted videos by YouTube and Vimeo are not always hidden from view. We can’t control video ads. We also link to other sites and resources.
We recommend watching videos with kids or staying within earshot to make sure they’re sticking with media you’re comfortable with, as well as pre-screening for younger viewers just in case TKSST curation doesn’t quite match up with your family or classroom goals. If you have any feedback, please let us know.
Related reading: What is media literacy, and why is it important?
Edutopia and KQED MindShift have a treasure trove of excellent articles about innovation in education. We rely on Common Sense Media regularly. We also highly recommend your local Maker Faire, and these wonderful kid-friendly podcasts: But Why, Tumble, Brains On, Smash Boom Best, Forever Ago, and The Past & The Curious to start…
Read about how the site got started at Lifehacker and Design for Mankind, listen to an interview on Wisconsin Public Radio, watch seven favorite STEM videos for kids on RiChannel, and get hands-on with Fun Summer DIY Projects on Edutopia.
The Kid Should See This has also been mentioned in Real Simple, and on Mashable, Makezine, Boing Boing, The Next Web, Kottke, SwissMiss, GeekDad, Brain Chase, The Times of India, Graphite, EdLab, and Cool Mom Tech.
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