Netflix has allowed teachers to screen its documentaries in their classrooms for many years, but with schools shut nationwide, Netflix is extending the offer and giving parents some well-needed homeschooling respite. The streaming site has released ten of its educational documentaries to YouTube, where anyone can watch them absolutely free.
In a statement on its blog, Netflix said: 'Each title also has educational resources available, which can be used by both students and teachers - and we’ll be doing Q&As with some of the creators behind these projects so that students can hear from them firsthand.
'We hope this will, in a small way, help teachers around the world.'
Among the shows included in the playlist is the popular eight-part David Attenborough series 'Our Planet', which allows us to explore the natural world even when stuck indoors.
Not all of the shows released are suitable for children, however: 'The White Helmets' is a documentary set in Aleppo, Syria and Turkey in early 2016 and explores the profound struggles faced by the Syrian people amid intensifying violence.
Free Netflix documentaries: Here's the full list
- 13th (Film)
- Abstract (Series - Season 1)
- Babies (Series - select episodes)
- Chasing Coral (Film)
- Explained (Series - select episodes)
- Knock Down the House (Film)
- Our Planet (Series)
- Period. End of Sentence. (Short)
- The White Helmets (Short)
- Zion (Short)
It took the top spot in our roundup of the best TV streaming services, but Netflix is not the only site offering free access to its shows during quarantine. Sling TV is now free between the hours of 5pm and midnight, and Hulu is also stepping up and offering a month free membership for new subscribers.
What makes Netflix different is that you won't even need to sign up to get access to these shows. Just go to the Netflix US YouTube channel and find the playlist completely free and unrestricted.
If you're struggling with homeschooling or could use some extra support, check out our guide to the best online tutoring services. Online learning site ABC Mouse is also offering its Pre-K through 8th grade lessons free for 30 days.