Quite a few friends have asked me about podcasts for children. I’ve found with many kids that once they hit nine or 10, they’re happy to listen to programmes aimed at adults, as long as they’re funny and relevant to their interests. If you have a football-mad child, as I do, I’d recommend 5 Live’s documentaries and phone-ins (I can’t stand the callers’ passion and pernicketiness, but my son, 11, loves all of that).
He’s far more likely to stick with those shows, for instance, than the station’s child-aimed offering, Jamie Johnson Football Podcast, which he flatly hates, though he got through the episode where YouTube footballer Spencer FC talked about his life. He’s also a fan of Reply All (mentioned last week), because it’s funny and techy, and, for some reason, Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History, particularly any episode about US education. I tried him on S-Town, but it was too long winded and complicated.
When it comes to music, Radio 1’s Grimmy makes tweens and early teens laugh, but if they’re really into their tunes, they tend to swap to specialist shows as they get older. Still, whether they like music or not, younger kids love countdowns, so if you’re listening with a four- to nine-year-old, you can rarely go wrong with a Top 40, whether that’s Radio 1’s The Official Chart (Fridays) or The Vodaphone Big Top 40 (Sundays).
Aside from all of that, if you’re looking for child-friendly podcasts for the under-10s, then I heartily recommend Fun Kids. It’s a radio station, first and foremost, broadcasting all day, every day, on DAB and the internet, and it understands its young audience very well. Its hosted shows (7am-8pm) are upbeat and welcoming, peppering chart music with interviews and daft chat, requests and quizzes. Online, you can access an…