Welcome to the land of YouTube, where educational content of all kinds abounds. Take Peekaboo Kidz, for example. This channel, under Rajshri Entertainment, has grown rapidly within the past few years and now boasts more than two million subscribers.
Although it is most popular in India, videos are now dubbed into other languages, and the subscriber base indicates that there are viewers all over the world as the videos posted are in English.
So, just how has this channel grown over the years? Well, each video is aimed at children ages 5 to 10 and focuses on animated, educational and informative content. It’s presented by a floating creature called Dr. Binocs and his trusty, inquisitive cat.
Viewers will find videos that deal with subjects such as geography, science, history, evolution and much more. The channel breaks down the videos into categories such as: Solar System, Pollution, Learning With Baby Binocs, Geography, Popular Nursery Rhymes and other popular uploads.
The videos I watched focused on teaching kids about historical facts, properly checking sources found on the internet, loving others well, striving for equality and caring for the planet.
Viewers also learn about the invention of homework …
… but parents should know that Dr. Binocs very clearly states that homework is a social construct that is more harmful than helpful. And if that’s not something you want your kids learning, maybe skip past that specific episode.
Some of these videos feel weirdly, unnecessarily dark. For example, one video explores what happens when nuclear war breaks out. Humans are seen on the ground, bloodied and injured, trapped under buildings and even dead.
Elsewhere, a video talks about the adverse effects of water pollution, including diseases such as hepatitis and cholera. Humans are seen vomiting, writhing in pain and dead on the ground. Fish and other sea creatures lie dead on the ground as well.
This selection seems fairly innocent, and for the most part it is. But it’s important to note that many of these animated videos push political and personal perspectives that some parents may not appreciate.
In addition, some of the animated content can be uncomfortably graphic as humans are injured and even killed as subject matter dives into conversations about nuclear warfare, pollution and other difficult matters.
Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).