Hopster: Learn & Watch Kids TV

Price: Android - Free iPhone/iPad - Free

Teacher Overview

Hopster provides a safe place for young children to access educational and entertaining media.  Famous characters, actors, and writers all feature in its superb content.

Teacher Review

Adult consumers have become increasingly keen on all-you-can-consume media content.  Music, video, and reading material are available for a flat monthly fee on a variety of services and platforms.  A few of these make some provision for children but none have the child-friendly-focus of Hopster.

Hopster provides video, music, books, simple games and creative activities specifically chosen for young children.  The videos aren't just in-house shows but ones including famous and popular characters.  The books are childhood favourites - often with the option of being read aloud by a famous voice and showing the illustrations.

All of these are available in a format that children will find easy to browse and access.  It is completely child-friendly.  There are no advertisements, no inappropriate media, and no buttons where an accidental click could take children to a website or social media account.  Children can scroll through the main screen before selecting a pictorial representation of each of the media types.  Within these, a thumbnail picture depicts the show, music, activity or book.  Even young children will soon find using the app to be easy and frustration-free.

Hopster's superb content is available for a monthly subscription.  While this does appear to be an extra ongoing cost for the family budget, it does feel like good value.  The breadth and quality of Hopster's media are without question of premium quality.  They also make it less likely that you will feel the need to add other apps to entertain your child.  If you find yourself adding an app or two for your child each month, having this service instead could make it the cheaper option.

The subscription is also cross-platform.  If you have an Apple TV, then your children can watch it on the living room television.  On long journeys, they can watch it on a tablet, and for those unexpected delays, you can hand them your phone to find a book or video to watch.  It all works from the same subscription.

The one downside is the heavy requirement that such media places on your bandwidth.  On Wi-Fi, there is no problem, but you'll want to restrict usage on your mobile data allowance.  You can download shows in advance of needing them which is useful for holidays, but they are only available for 7 days.  Fortunately, the developer has indicated that this 7-day-limit  is likely to be increased soon.  You'll still have to contend with the amount of free storage space on your device but that is no criticism of the app.

Due to the nature of the service's content, you should see Hopster as a mix of education and entertainment.  Think of how the most popular children's television shows mix a fun story with examples of how to treat others, or how they show zany characters using letters and numbers.  Books, of course, are always educational.  As children follow stories read aloud, they will be building literacy skills and growing an appreciation of literature.  Parents should find Hopster to be superb value.

Teachers of young children should also consider the app.  Having a means by which young children can be easily and constructively entertained can be a real help if a planned activity is unavoidably halted.  Stories told by talented actors can help entice reluctant readers into books.  Even television shows can form the basis of literacy lessons as children are asked to recount the events of a story or put them on a timeline.

A seven day trial period should allay any doubts over the quality of Hopster's app and its content although beware that if you don't cancel in plenty of time it will run over into a paid subscription.  Chances are, however, you won't want to cancel and neither will your child be happy if you do.

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From the Developer

Explore the immersive, award-winning world of Hopster. With ad-free kids TV shows, educational learning games & new music, your preschool age little one can learn, draw, develop spelling and math skills and watch family friendly shows including Story Bots and Moshi Monsters, surrounded by a host of colorful, creative cartoon characters – all in a safe, environment trusted by over 800,000 families. 
Start your free trial for a premium subscription and explore the award-winning app tailor-made for your child’s big imagination. Be ahead of the class before your child has started school. Cancel at any time.

● KidScreen Award 2016
● App Store’s Best of 2016, 2015 & 2014
● #1 Kids entertainment and learning app for 0-5 year olds in over 35 countries

Top 5 Reasons to Download Hopster: 
1. Carefully selected family friendly shows, games & activities to watch with and engage your child
2. Award-winning developmental shows & games to encourage creative thinking before school age
3. Download prized videos to the Treasure Chest for easy access
4. Access the app on iPad, iPhone and Apple TV with just one subscription
5. 100% safe and ad-free, Hopster is COPPA and KidSAFE certified for toddlers & ASD friendly

With Hopster, Your Kids Can:
● Choose from content separated by type to access their favorite shows and games easily 
● Discover our handpicked kids TV shows in the Volcano including Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow, Moshi Monsters, Fireman Sam, Super Simple Songs, Story Bots and many more
● Hop on board the Games Balloon to play and learn with our fun, educational games developed with leading academics in child psychology
● Personalize their Hopster world by growing beautiful plants in the Flowerpot or drawing colorful pictures on the Easel

Award-Winning Developmental Shows and Games Focusing On:
● Memory, counting, numerals and sequences
● Alphabet, ABC's and phonics
● Preschool literacy, mathematics and basic science
● Empathy, caring, communication and decision making

The content we provide is both fun and educational, designed to inspire your child’s natural curiosity and engage your toddler or preschooler in the wider world through the colorful, imaginative cartoon world of Hopster. Download the app now and share the adventure of learning numbers, counting, phonics, sharing, literacy, fine motor skills, creativity and memory together with Hopster.

HOPSTER SUBSCRIPTION
● Unlimited access to everything while subscribed
● Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
● Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
● Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal
● Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user’s Account Settings after purchase
● Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable.

PRIVACY & SAFETY
Your child’s privacy and safety is our top priority. We will never share your personal information with 3rd parties or sell it on. And there are no ads ever. No really, we mean it.
Privacy Policy: www.hopster.tv/cookies-and-privacy-policy
T&Cs: www.hopster.tv/terms-and-conditions

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