YouTube, when filtered properly, is one of the top educational resources on the web. There are countless videos on almost every topic, but parents can't let their children use the site unsupervised, as there are far too many videos that are not safe for children.
This is where apps like Weet Woo come in. They create an interface whereby children only have access to videos that have been screened.
The Weet Woo library is extensive. There are six channels: Animals, Fun Shows, Learn, Music, People and Places. Within each channel there a number of sub-sections and in each sub-section are a number of videos.
There are 22 videos from one of my children’s' favorite shows, Fetch With Ruff Ruffman under Fun Shows. There is a sub-section under Animals called All About Birds and a one under Learn for Hooked on Phonics and another for Schoolhouse Rock.
Although the in-app graphics are surprisingly weak, the interface is easy to use. There are only two buttons: channels and search.
Weet Woo ($3.99) is one of my 10-year old son's favorite apps and I recommend it, but I have two problems with the app: First, not all the videos are educational and my two boys always seem to end up laughing hysterically at those old Steamboat-Willie era Mickey Mouse cartoons. Some way to set the app to education-videos only, or a parent-selected list of education videos, would make it a better learning tool.
Second, according to iTunes, the app hasn’t been updated since its initial release on Dec. 14, 2009. The iTunes description says the developer is constantly adding new videos, but the app itself has remained unmodified for moire than two years.