One of the hardest things for parents to deal with is giving kids the freedom of using cool new toys like an Android tablet, but at the same time protecting them from the sort of Internet dangers that are a part of tablet use.
Tablets are very much like mini-computers, with full Internet access to the outside world. Even though it can be great fun for kids to play games or watch movies on a tablet, there is also the potential for kids to get into trouble with things like online chatting, inappropriate web searches and inappropriate video or file downloads.
The most common concern that parents have is how to allow their kids to use these awesome gadgets, without giving children full access to the outside world.
Just like in the computer world, where hundreds of companies have tried to serve that special niche, there is one company that already stepped forward and created an app that makes Android tablets safe for kids. That app is called Kido'Z Play Mode
Making Your Tablet Safe for Kids
What this app boils down to is locking down your tablet with an app that still leaves your tablet useful for a kid to use, but also blocks most Internet access that they don't need access to, and also blocks access to the tablet settings.
This is especially useful if the child is at that age where they are just old enough to play games and watch children's videos, but not quite old enough to know that they shouldn't start making changes to all sorts of settings.
The first step in the process is signing up. First you'll need to choose an ID and a password as a parent. Don't forget
your password! It's the only way you'll be able to unlock your tablet when your kids are done using it, so keep the password some place safe. Next, create your child's profile by choosing a name, birthdate and gender.
That's all there is to it. What Kido'z does is it combines unique Kido'z defined content that the Kido'z crew considers appropriate for children, with the apps already installed on your tablet that the Kido'z team has also identified as age-appropriate for your child. In the example shown below, Kido'z recognized that Sims and Tiny Tower were both installed on the tablet, and this child account is approved to play those games.
Kido's Main Screen
Clicking on Kido's TV is basically a selection of video content carefully chosen by the Kido'z team as appropriate for young kids. Many of these are clips of shows and not entire episodes, but all of the videos will certainly hold the child's interest, and they are all entertaining.
Each of the TV categories contains plenty of clips to watch. There is certainly enough content available on this app to keep a child entertained during a long road trip.
For example, the "Movies" Channel features clips some of your child's favorite movies like Wizard of Oz and Toy Story.
Of course, whey they're done watching all of the movie and TV show clips, there's always the games section to explore. There is an almost unlimited collection of choices when it comes to the Kido'z Games section.
These are the sorts of games that you'd find at an online game site, but again they are all age-appropriate. The quality of the games is fairly good, but there are bound to be a few that may not run properly on your tablet, or are just not very good quality. For the most part, the selected games here are well-chosen and great for young kids. One example of a simple-yet-fun game available is Bug on a Wire.
Bug on a Wire
Using left and right controls, kids must hop from one telephone wire to the next to avoid being captured and eaten by the birds!
If the games don't suit your child, they can always opt to explore the "Apps Store", which is a collection of carefully chosen apps that the Kido'z team has deemed to be appropriate for kids this age.
This is the only area where kids could potentially get into trouble, by installing too many apps and consuming all of the memory on the tablet, but such a situation is easily remedied by logging out with your parent password and just uninstalling the apps.
For the most part, Kido'z does exactly what it is intended to do. It lets kids have a great time on their parent's tablet, but it also gives parents the peace of mind knowing that the tablet won't be entirely reconfigured when the child is through with it!