Common Sense Media says

Browser limits surfing, but it isn't "set it and forget it."

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence & scariness

Some of the games -- such as the Zombie Survival game -- involve fighting and blood.

Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

Although the site doesn't really have ads, some pre-approved pages and sites that it links to do.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids using Buddy Browser can visit pre-approved sites -- like Nick, Nickelodeon's Web site. Kids also can ask to add a site to their list of favorites -- but the site will only be added after an email is sent to their parents asking if the site is OK.

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What's it about?

Parents can download and launch BUDDYBROWSER to let their kids surf the Web more safely. Kids are technically on the Internet. But they can't just type in any URL and access a site: They can only click through to Web sites that the site administrators have already approved. The pre-screened sites are grouped into categories that are based mostly on educational subject matter -- such as math and history. A special section for toddlers links to sites like the Snoopy Web site and Barbie site.

Is it any good?

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Buddy Browser can help parents control what content their kids' access online -- long before kids ever log on. The nifty parental controls allow them to disable other Internet browsers while Buddy Browser is being used; parents also are able to limit the number of hours their child uses the Buddy Browser each day. And the content that kids can currently access through the browser -- while clearly still growing -- is decent. Buddy Browser features a number of games and links to educational sites that offer everything from historical information and homework help. However, not every kid can take advantage of the safe surfing: At least for now, Buddy Browser only works on PCs, not Macs.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why it might be a good idea for parents to review Web sites before kids look at them. What kind of content might parents not want kids to see? How do you know that the site you're clicking to from another site is OK -- even if the site you started on was safe and was meant for kids?

Website details

Genre:Virtual Worlds
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent Written bymelissadove May 31, 2011
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9
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Best Browser for Kids - a facebook alternative too

This is an amazing browser for children ages 6-14 I think
a better alternative for facebook and the filter is great. so parents do not need to worry.
My kids love Buddy Browser and they can actually surf and talk to their friends SAFELY! nothing come close and I was a free user of browser. highly recommend Buddy Browser to any parent. I use Mac and Buddy browser is so much nicer than safari and my kids love it!

What other families should know
Educational value
Parent Written byConcerned parents June 28, 2011
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18
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Buddy Browser Is A Joke!!

This is an unworthy piece of junk. Does not block what it says & will load things you don't want on your computer. Do yourself a favor & stay away from this!!

Parent Written bybuddybrowser June 4, 2011
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Response to The Kids Scam Message

Company response to the "Alleged 5 year Old Scam" Compliant:

This must be a competitor trying to badmouth a great product.
we never try to trick anyone
The spin the wheel works and award prizes to players with regular odds.
Had he really won anything for real we would have sent him the prize
we proud of what we offer and the new Buddy Browser.
Lots of research and development went into this special product
Now Buddy browser is a paid product that can give parent tremendous value in protecting their kids.
Buddy Browser has additional educational value for Kids and parents alike.
Any complaints and questions are always immediately addressed.We are proud of what we have built and our thousands of satisfied
Customers.

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