KIDO’Z Wants to Make Android Phones Safe For Children

KIDO’Z Wants to Make Android Phones Safe For Children

Oct 17, 2012

Have an Android phone, but don’t feel safe letting little Billy or Sally use it? After all, Android may be powerful, but they could wind up, I don’t know, deleting every important OS file on there. That’s no good for anyone. That’s why KIDO’Z exists: to provide an Android environment that’s safer and won’t corrupt your kids, although their caps-lock title and “ ’Z ” on the end just may. By downloading this app and setting up some parental controls, it replaces the home button’s function on the home screen. It presents an environment for different kids that only lets them run specific, age-appropriate apps, offers a safe browser with only kid-friendly sites, and a selection of Flash-powered games that should be safe as well.

Parents can secure the device with a password, and can quit by entering that password, to return to the land of unfettered app and internet access. Do be warned that on the Galaxy S III, it was possible to call up the notification bar by swiping from the top (a feature cloned from iOS), which could provide a potential escape method from the app for those particularly enterprising kids. Nurture that hacker spirit, though! KIDO’Z is available from Google Play.