The popular on-demand video streaming service Kanopy, available to Birmingham residents with a JCLC library card for free, now includes Kanopy Kids: thoughtful entertainment for children aged preschool and up. Parents can trust in a curated selection of educational and enriching videos on Kanopy Kids with developmentally appropriate, age-based ratings from Common Sense Media, as well as additional parental controls to keep kids safe.
Kanopy Kids highlights films and TV series that inspire and inform, helping children develop empathy, mindfulness, and self-esteem through entertaining and educational videos. Kanopy Kids features approximately 500 children’s titles at launch, with more than 100 to be added each month. Both Kanopy and Kanopy Kids are available on any computer, television, or mobile device, with apps for Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Tablet, iOS, and Android.
How to Access Kanopy Kids
To access Kanopy Kids, first login to your Kanopy platform then click on the "KIDS" button in the top right of the page:
Parental Controls Keep Kids Safe
In addition to Common Sense Media's developmentally appropriate, age-based ratings, Kanopy Kids features parental controls to help keep kids safe. Our main catalog is inaccessible in Kanopy Kids—viewers will need to exit Kanopy Kids to watch any videos meant for viewers aged 12+. As an optional layer of protection, parents can create a 4-digit PIN to ensure that kids only have access to age-appropriate videos.
Kanopy Kids categories include:
- TV Series
- Learning Languages
- Animated Storybooks
- Anime Favorites
- Classic Films and Movies for the Whole Family
- Bino & Fino
- Franklin & Friends
- Maya The Bee,
- Wild Kratts
- Between the Lions
- Little Pim
The collection also highlights classic films from Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, and Oscar- nominated titles including A Cat in Paris and The Secret of Kells, plus family-friendly documentaries such as Girls Rock and The Endless Summer.