Mixed Feelings About The Internet
I hate the internet. I love the internet. There are times I feel like the Greek mythological god, Janus, with two faces looking in opposite directions.
Yet, that’s exactly how I view surfing the internet: it can be a wonderful tool to bring together people from all over the world as well as offering a much more level playing field for participants seeking to add their voices to the discussion. But, the internet has a darker, unseemly side, one which can be challenging enough for unsuspecting adults and downright dangerous for youngsters.
Downloading A Children’s Web Browser
For the past several weeks I have been following some of the blog comments and reviews related to a new children’s web browser, KIDO’Z, and decided to download it (along with the required and free Adobe Air that powers the browser) to test for myself.
My wife and I have two young boys and have been supervising their web activity very closely. Lately, as our sons have been doing more school-related research, we realized that we were nearing a crossroads: add annoying and constraining web filters or come up with another plan. I’m happy to report that KIDO’Z (pronounced kiddos) successfully meets the latter.
Operating under the tagline, “Safe, easy and fun internet for kids,” KIDO’Z is proving to be all that and more. I must admit that I didn’t do much of the initial testing myself because no sooner had I downloaded the web browser and set up the account, my oldest son got on our family computer and my wife took over to observe what he was doing.
So Very Easy To Use
Both of my sons and my wife were immediately impressed by KIDO’Z starting with its big and colorful welcome screen to its easy to use interface with big button pictures of sites they like (such as Thomas the Tank Engine) and on to more games than they could have ever imagined. Even some of their favorite shows such as Tom ‘n Jerry are included allowing them to safely view family friendly cartoons too.
No typing is necessary for children to access what they want through KIDO’Z. Pointing and clicking a mouse works just fine and, if you have touch screen technology, you can find your way around with that set up too.
Free To Use And Free Of Ads
KIDO’Z is absolutely free with no annoying ads popping up and getting in the way. A premium feature is in the works and will roll out within the next few months, but with full parental control over KIDO’Z and lots of nifty features included, the standard package is very impressive.
Yes, you can add your own sites to KIDO’Z which can be ideal if your children need access to sites not yet vetted by the moderators who work to ensure that all content items are safe for children. You can even share your finds with other KIDO’Z users which is a great way to make sure that fresh content is regularly added.
KIDO’Z was designed for children ages 3-7, but our boys are slightly older and still like what it has to offer. Eventually, they’ll be using something like Quintura when their researching needs change, but for now the younger members of our household are satisfied with KIDO’Z and all that it has to offer them.
Photo courtesy of KIDO’Z.