By: Michael Crooks
Screen-time for children in Australia has soared during the pandemic, and while there is no shortage of streaming services, not all of the content is appropriate for young minds.
Now, in news that will come as a relief to parents and carers, a streaming service has arrived in Australia and New Zealand that delivers a more mindful and educational option for young people.
Aimed at faith-based families, Yippee TV is billed as a “safe place” for kids aged 2 to 10.
Yippee hosts thousands of faith-filled shows involving positive role models, educational content, and life messages.
It is also the only streaming service where children can stream the US animated series VeggieTales, a wildly popular show which has reportedly sold 175 million videos, 16 million books, and 235 million music streams.
Built by parents
Founded by entrepreneur Brandon Piety in Los Angeles in 2019, Yippee “was built by parents for parents,” he said at the time of its launch.
“There are no ads, algorithms or attitudes, and the shows on our platform are safe and actually fun,” Brandon said.
“There are no ads, algorithms or attitudes, and the shows on our platform are safe and actually fun,” – Yippee founder Brandon Piety
“Our platform is unique because we have world-class animated shows as well as original content and curated YouTube shows.”
The Christian streaming service has been ushered into Australia and New Zealand through Heritage Films, a distribution and film production company that began in Queensland in 2004.
“Our enthusiasm to deliver high-quality and uplifting entertainment is at the core of who we are and what we do,” Heritage’s CEO Rod Hopping tells Hope 103.2.
“With Yippee, there’s nothing like it on the face of the earth as far as the breadth and depth of content for kids and family.”
“Our enthusiasm to deliver high-quality and uplifting entertainment is at the core of who we are and what we do,” – Heritage’s CEO Rod Hopping
Mr Hopping said there are more than 6000 shows on the platform, but there’s no threat of a child going down a “rabbit hole” of inappropriate content, or viewing content that is not educational or not curated. More than 80 per cent of the content is Christian-based.
There’s no threat of a child going down a “rabbit hole” of inappropriate content. –Heritage’s CEO Rod Hopping
“The cool thing with Yippee is that it’s actually got a YouTube feel to it, but you don’t get lost and there are no ads,” the father-of-two said.
“You can go down a rabbit hole, but it’s a pretty cool rabbit hole. It was designed by parents and to this day every piece of content gets curated by parents.”
In Australia, you can try Yippee free for seven days, and purchase an annual subscription for $79, which is less than $7 a month.
It can be viewed via a browser or its app – downloadable on Apple and Android devices.
For more information visit Yippee’s website.
Article supplied with thanks to Hope Media.