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Kanopy Kids

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Kanopy Kids - Streaming Videos for Kids

What types of videos are available on Kanopy Kids?

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 categories include TV Series, Learning Languages, Animated Storybooks, Anime Favorites, Classic Films, and Movies for the Whole Family.

What age range is suitable for Kanopy Kids?

Kanopy Kids is appropriate for children aged preschool and up. In order to help parents decide which videos are best for their children, Kanopy has partnered with Common Sense Media™ to provide developmentally appropriate age ratings on Kanopy Kids. Parents can also choose to implement parental controls for additional security.

What are Common Sense Media ratings?

Common Sense Media is the nation's leading nonprofit helping families make smart media choices, offering the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based ratings and reviews for movies, TV shows, books, games, apps, and more, as well as expert advice and resources for raising kids in the digital age.

How do I enter Kanopy Kids Mode on my account?

Kanopy Kids Mode is only available with public library memberships. To activate, click the “KIDS” icon that appears at the top of your Kanopy page. You will still be able to access kid-friendly content even when you have not entered Kanopy Kids Mode. However, Kanopy Kids provides a friendlier interface to browse only the titles that are appropriate for your child.

How do I exit Kanopy Kids Mode?

While in Kanopy Kids Mode, you’ll see “EXIT KIDS” at the top right corner of the page. Click here to return to the main Kanopy page.

Why can't I see Kanopy Kids?

Kanopy Kids is only available with public library memberships at this time. If you are a member of a public library but do not see the Kids Mode icon, please double check which library membership you are currently accessing Kanopy through.

What devices can I use to access Kanopy Kids?

You can access Kanopy Kids on your computer, television, or mobile device with Kanopy apps on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire Tablet.

Can I still use Kanopy while my child is watching Kanopy Kids on another device?

Yes, you can use Kanopy on multiple devices in different viewing modes at the same time. For example, you will be able to view Kanopy on an iPad at the same time that your child watches Kanopy Kids on a Roku.

Where did the non-kids titles in my Watchlist and Viewing History go?

Your Watchlist and Viewing History will automatically be filtered to show only appropriate content when in Kids Mode. Exit Kids Mode to see these lists as well as your other Dashboard features.

How many play credits are used on a film in Kanopy Kids?

Each film will use 1 play credit. You can find a full explanation on how play credits work here.

Can my child create their own Kanopy account?

You must be 18 years of age or older to access or use Kanopy. Users under the age of 18 may only access Kanopy with the involvement, supervision, and approval of a parent or legal guardian.

What is Kanopy's Privacy Policy?

You can view Kanopy's full Privacy Policy here.

Setting parental controls

Setting parental controls on your account means you will be required to enter a PIN when attempting to view a title that has not been approved for viewing in Kanopy Kids. This feature prevents your child from stumbling upon unsuitable content on Kanopy. To set up parental controls:

Using web or mobile browser:

  • Log into your Kanopy account, go to your Dashboard and select “Parental Controls”, or visit
  • Click “Turn on”
  • Create a 4-digit PIN and click Save. We recommend using an original PIN that does not include any part of your address, phone number, or other number that your child might guess. 

The parental controls will be activated after exiting Kanopy Kids for the first time after setup. You will only be required to enter your PIN once during a single session. Your session will end when you log out, or you enter and exit Kanopy Kids again.