A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while this free, downloadable browser is generally very safe, it comes pre-stocked with a wide variety of shows and videos, some of which may not be appropriate for very young children. These can be toggled on and off through the parental controls section of the Web site.
What's it about?
KIDO'Z is a fully self-contained, kid-friendly browser you download and install for free. When opened, Kido'z takes over the entire screen, offering a wealth of Web sites, games, downloadables, and other entertainment options for kids, while preventing them from stumbling upon any inappropriate Internet content. A wide variety of carefully-selected children's favorites are represented, including Nick Jr. characters and shows, Hannah Montana videos, and even YouTube videos for kids. Parental controls allow the parent to select, add, and delete content for their kid's browser, and password protection prevents kids from closing or navigating away from the browser without parental permission.
Is it any good?
Kido'z is a simple, colorful, self-contained children's world that links kids to their favorite games and Web sites, while offering parents the control and flexibility to ensure safe, happy browsing for a wide variety of ages. As kids grow, you can begin teaching them about how to surf the Web safely, but until they're ready, this browser gives you some peace of mind that they won't stumble upon inappropriate content.
One gripe: some of the sites Kido'z includes are littered with banner ads, sponsorships, and targeted links. There's really nothing that the Kido'z folks can do about this, as they only connect you to the existing sites, but it does sort of cheapen the "magical kid's place" feel of the browser. On the whole, though, Kido'z is fun, intuitive, imaginative and considerate of the unique needs of both children and their parents. In a world where a child can't watch a YouTube Wiggles video without being barraged by a slew of profane and hateful comments, this is one of those products that simply warm a parent's heart.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about spending time online and how their “computer time” fits into the larger schedule of their everyday lives. Because Kido’z is a browser and offers unlimited playability and entertainment, children and parents will need to negotiate time limits. Read our tips on Setting Computer Time Limits.
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