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Ketnet (BE)

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As a parent, I know how important it is to find a good streaming site for my kids. As is the case with anything that I give to my children, though, not just any old cartoon streaming site will do. I am only interested in the best cartoon streaming sites. And, personally, what that means for me is a cartoon streaming site that is not just entertaining, but, ideally, educational, substantive, and beneficial as well. I don’t want to sit my kids in front of the computer and just let them consume trash! (I know, I’m such a unique parent that way, right?).

Another thing that I am always conscious of as a parent is figuring out ways to save money. Let’s face it, kids are expensive! Studies show that a single child, from birth to age 18, on average, costs over a million dollars. And that’s not even factoring in the costs of college or the fact that kids are starting to continue to live with their parents well beyond the age of 18 these days. Therefore, if you ask me, every bit of money that I can save is worth it.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. I love my kids. Even if they are the reason that I’ll never be a millionaire. If you ask me, totally worth it. The joy and pride that my kids make me feel is far more valuable than any amount of money, obviously, but still, money is also important. Which is why simply finding the best cartoon streaming site is not enough. These days, with money as tight as it is, I need to find the best free cartoon streaming site for my kids. I just can’t justify adding yet another premium streaming subscription to my ever-growing stack of monthly bills!

Fortunately, though, we live in the golden age of digital entertainment. We are living through the streaming revolution, and it is a beautiful time to be alive. Therefore, there are plenty of options for parents on a budget who want to be able to provide premium streaming content for their kids without having to pay premium streaming prices. In fact, there are so many free cartoon streaming sites to choose from that it is something of a daunting task, trying to figure out which one to go with.

Naturally, you want to vet everything before you let your kids watch it; if you’re like me, you don’t let your children browse the internet unsupervised. Time, though, is hard to come by, which is why I have gone through the trouble of vetting some of the best free cartoon streaming sites for you. All you have to do is read my quick (but comprehensive) cartoon streaming site reviews to figure out which is going to be the right one for your family.

There is more to finding the best cartoon streaming sites than user-friendly site design, high-quality content, and solid mobile apps. Although all of those factors are important, the number one thing on my radar when it comes to streaming services for my kids is the nature of the content … What kind of content are my children going to be spending hours consuming? Each free cartoon streaming site, too, offers a slightly different answer to that question.

Which brings me to the site that we’ll be looking at today, Ketnet. For Belgian families, there is a good chance that this is not the first time you are hearing about Ketnet. Before it became one of the best cartoon streaming sites on the web, it was a popular public children’s TV channel owned and operated by Flemish public broadcaster, VRT. Still airing today, Ketnet airs a blend of locally created programs and imported series. If you still watch TV the old-fashioned way (no shame there!), you can catch Ketnet on VRT3 between the hours of 6am and 8pm every day.

Ketnet has been a children’s TV favorite since it replaced (alongside Canvas) BRTN 3 on the 1st of December 1997. In addition to the classic Ketnet programming, Canvas also airs Ketnet’s preschool programming, under the brand name Ketnet Junior. This broadcasts between 10am and 7pm on Canvas. Also, be sure to let your French friends know about the Ouiftivi, the French version of Ketnet, available on La Trois.

If you, like millions of other parents around the world, have already cut the cord and said goodbye to traditional TV viewing, I have some good news for you: a huge portion of Ketnet programming can be streamed on-demand via Ketnet.be. In addition to watching just about every Ketnet show without having to worry about time constraints or when things air, Ketnet offers games and a fun, interactive site that will be sure to keep your kids entertained for hours.

Design

Speaking of site design, Ketnet offers a vibrant, loud, and dare I say whacky site design that children are sure to find stimulating and fun. The site asserts itself in bright splashes of blues, greens, yellows, and reds, and there are different categories and menus just about everywhere you look. I think that, aesthetically speaking, Ketnet offers one of the best free cartoon streaming site designs on the web.

Practically speaking, though, it is a little cluttered and chaotic. There is a good chance that you are going to have to do a lot of browsing for your children, whereas other free cartoon streaming sites are made so simple and user-friendly that even a child could likely navigate it on their own. I feel like my eye is being led in 100 different directions at one time, as if this site was made for kids with ADD. I think a child could very easily find this to be overwhelming or overstimulating. But, hey, it all depends on the child, right?

Content and Features

There is a lot of content to stream here. Although I list Ketnet as one of the best free cartoon sites available today, I will be upfront with you … there are not many cartoons to stream here. There are some, sure, but the number of free cartoons streaming on Ketnet is far outweighed by the number of live-action series and YouTube style videos.

This brings me to my biggest complaint with Ketnet, the kind of content that is predominantly featured here. As I said earlier, I prefer to let my kids explore free cartoon streaming sites that are stimulating (not overstimulating), educational, or substantive in some way. Ketnet, however, seems overly concerned with providing a sort of kid-friendly version of popular internet culture.

A lot of the videos here are what I would describe as kids’ versions of Tik Tok content. In other words, some of the videos promote a more superficial, vapid way of thinking than I would prefer. For instance, videos with titles like “Decide what Sander should wear during Kingsize Live” and “Create a cool tag for Hoodie actors” seem to stand out to me. Sure, that sounds fun and all, but can’t we blend fun with educational? Maybe I’m just being a stickler or a no-fun parent, but that kind of thing matters a great deal to me.

Ketnet, however, features all of its most popular shows – like Wrap, Karrawiet, Wannabe’s, Hoodie, Stip It, and others – alongside movies and games. Also, just to be clear, it’s not as if there aren’t any educational videos to stream here. Ketnet does feature a documentary series called Ket & Doc, as well as series about space, dinosaurs, and professions. I just wanted to make it known that this kind of content is few and far between, in the grand scheme of this free cartoon streaming site.

Mobile and Desktop Experience

Unfortunately, Ketnet does not appear to have any mobile apps available at this time. Nor does it have any smart TV apps, making it far from the best free cartoon streaming site in terms of cross-platform compatibility. That being said, the browser website is optimized for mobile screens, so it does provide mobile access if you are ever in a pinch. Is it the best mobile site design? Well, not really … but it gets the job done.

Likes & Hates:
Fun, vibrant site design
Tons of free kids’ content
Good variety of shows for all ages
No mobile app; mobile site not as good as it could be
Content is not as substantive or educational as it could be
Confusing interface will probably require some adult assistance