Click on Netflix’s brand-new “Just for Kids” tab and you’ll find a kid-friendly paradise populated by the likes of Hannah Montana, Dora the Explorer, and the Cookie Monster. Needless to say, neither Freddie Krueger nor Tony Soprano are invited.
Now live on the Netflix web site after a brief testing period over the past few days (as reported by NewTeeVee), the “Just for Kids” tab gives you—or you and your little ones—a scrollable row of characters and actors familiar to any pre-teen, ranging from iCarly and Madeline to Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez.
Click on one of the characters—like, say, Big Bird—and you’ll jump to a page with thumbnails of all their streaming Netflix videos (such as hundreds and hundreds of Sesame Street videos, in Big Bird’s case).
You can also browse through categories like Action, Comedies, Dinosaurs, Disney, Princesses, and Robots, or search the entire “Just for Kids” selection (which is geared for kids 12 and under, according to the official Netflix blog).
A few of the shows included in Netflix’s “Just for Kids” section are a little questionable; for example, I’m not sure I’d want a little kid to watch those scary Borg episodes from “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
“Star Trek” aside, though (and hey, I seem to remember watching Captain Kirk when I was in the first grade), we’re talking a treasure trove of TV shows and movies for kids, including “Toy Story 3,” “Free Willy,” “Iron Giant,” “The Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Fraggle Rock,” you name it.