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What kids and teens should watch on Disney+, based on their age

Kid-friendly recommendations for Disney's streaming service

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There are several streaming services that are great for kids, but signing up for Disney+ is an obvious choice for many families.

After all, Disney+ is home to plenty of hidden gems that kids of any age will love. Not sure where to start? We’ve rounded up everything to watch on Disney+ by age and vetted each one using Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization that "provides education and advocacy to families to promote safe technology and media for children,” to make sure they are appropriate for each age group.

Toddlers (ages 2-4)

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Watching Disney+ with your toddler is the perfect opportunity for some extra snuggles on the couch.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children under the age 2 should avoid screen time, but one hour of “high-quality programming” a day for ages 2 to 5 is fine. However, with many families cooped up indoors due to the coronavirus pandemic, a little extra TV time may feel necessary. Luckily, Disney+ offers a variety of shows for toddlers that help teach kindness, critical thinking skills, and empathy.

Little Kids (ages 5-7)

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Disney+ includes new movie releases like "Onward" and "Frozen II" for little kids.

Whether they’re watching on a kid-friendly tablet or using a streaming device, there are plenty of ways your little kid can enjoy the following age-appropriate Disney+ movies and shows.

Big Kids (ages 8-9)

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Disney+ is easy to use, so your older kid won't have a problem putting on their favorite Disney shows and movies.

Your big kid is probably a TV whiz by now, but they may still need some help finding suitable shows and movies to keep them entertained. From coming-of-age shows like “Lizzie McGuire” to educational movies like “Dolphin Reef,” there’s no shortage of Disney+ content to keep your 8- and 9-year-olds captivated.

Tweens (ages 10-12)

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Tweens can catch up on their favorite Disney Channel shows, Pixar movies, and more on Disney+.

When you’ve got a kid who’s in between being a child and a teenager, finding suitable shows and movies can be challenging. Disney+ includes a plethora of options that strike an ideal balance for this stuck-in-the-middle age group.

Teens (ages 13 and up)

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Disney+ offers more than just content for younger kids—teens can enjoy action-packed Marvel movies, Star Wars, and more.

Disney+ includes a robust lineup of shows and movies for teenagers (that even parents and caregivers will enjoy watching, too), including big-screen hits like “Guardians of the Galaxy” and old-school TV show classics like “The Simpsons.”

Of course, these are plenty more age-appropriate shows and movies available for kids on Disney+. If you’re on the fence about queuing something up for your child, read the show or movie’s description and watch a preview beforehand. What’s appropriate for some children may not be OK for others—and that decision is best left to parents and caregivers.

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