Move over, YouTube, there’s a new game in town, and guess what? It’s totally screen-free. That’s right: Podcasts are growing in popularity with families and for good reason. They give you an engaging way to connect with kids, no screen required. But once kids have outgrown gentle story-time podcasts, it’s not easy to sift through all the mature, adult-oriented series to find a good one that’s appropriate for tweens and teens.
So we did the work for you. While some of our finds are made just for kids, many are suitable for wider audiences (and can turn otherwise silent car rides into entertaining audio experiences). Where else can they get advice from The Fault in Our Stars author John Green and his YouTuber brother Hank? Or test their knowledge on NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! or game show-inspired series like Pants on Fire? Plus, in addition to being screen-free, podcasts give tweens and teens a way of listening and learning—that they can’t get on other platforms.
If you’re a podcast newbie, check out 20 Podcasts for Kids, which offers tips for how to listen, plus more recommendations for all ages. Otherwise open up your favorite audio app and dive into these age-appropriate picks for tweens and teens.
Real brothers and vloggers John Green (a young adult novelist) and Hank Green (a YouTuber) co-host a lighthearted advice podcast where they answer questions on everything from random thoughts to deep, emotional topics. The advice they give out is mostly good and always entertaining. Their easy camaraderie and self-deprecating charm make you feel like you’re in on their inside jokes (of which there are many).
Best for: Teens