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YouTube Jr.?: Totlol

It looks like YouTube recently spawned.  I just discovered Totlol.  If you work or live with young children, you’ll want to check it out too.

Aimed at the under 13 set, the portal is community moderated.

Totlol is an independent website. It was created by Ron, father of two from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. First version of Totlol was introduced for early testing in mid May 2008. The second, an "Official Beta", was introduced at the end of August and the current version was released mid-October.

The About area notes that the site is not a walled garden.  It depends on community participation.  Parents can scout YouTube through a Totlol interface and submit, describe, and tag videos they’d like to add to the portal.  For users who register, the site offers three sizing options, the option of viewing videos in collections, and personalization features–favorites, block lists, a default language.  An AgeOptimizer pushes content associated with a requested age group.

Videos may be sorted by ratings, most recent, most viewed, or alphabetically and filtered by language, topic, and recommended age level.

I love the idea of a relatively safe video content playground for little ones. 

But just a little warning: like its parent site YouTube, Totlol includes content that its posters may not have had legitimate license to post.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Vicki Hall says:

    I am thankful for the knowledge that you share with us school librarians and educators. You never cease to amaze me with the latest Web 2.0 tools that you find and review for us. How exciting to find Totlol, a child’

  2. Mark Tilford says:

    I just found your blog, and have really enjoyed reading through the posts and finding more and more things that I didn’t know existed online. Tot lol is a great find for me both as a teacher and a parent of a 4 year old and two 11 year olds who always want to search for things on You tube. I love the ability to make your search results somewhat more age specific, as well as feeling secure in what they are finding. Hopefully school districts will not automatically block this site.

  3. Andrea Morris says:

    I agree with Mr. Tilford. Although I do not have any children of my own or my own classroom, I am in school to become an elementary teacher. Totlol seems to be great way for students to be able to search through videos on the web and to have only certain ones they are able to see.

  4. joycevalenza says:

    You know what, I am having fun with this too. My kids are grown and TOTLOL is helping me to reconnect with kid culture!

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