A great tool to help you keep your kids safe online is KidZui, a kid-themed browser that boasts over 1 million kid friendly websites, photos, and videos. Today we’ll take a tour through how it works.
This is a free application that should keep your kids happy online but for extra features you will need to purchase a subscription. KidZui is cross platform and works with Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.
For more on safe family computing check out our review of Windows Live Family Safety Filter.
To get started simply install using the installation wizard. You will first need to create an avatar for your child. You can choose different skin, clothes, accessories, etc. To get the full amount of avatar accessories you will need to pay for a member account, which starts at $29.95 per year.
After creating your kids account they will need to login anytime they want to use KidZui.
The entire browser experience is geared toward kids, from the video and web content to controls and fun sounds when doing different functions.
KidZui includes everything from scientific learning to watching favorite cartoons and Disney programs.
If the child tries to enter in a not so appropriate URL into the browser they will get a friendly message advising them of other content they can look at.
If your kid tries to create a new account or make other changes they will be required to send you an email so you can authorize any changes.
Paid subscriptions include features that are more than just cosmetic. You will have access to a great feature called Homework Helper. This feature allows your child to access fun ways to learn math, science, social studies etc. Everything is site specific based on what grade the kid is in from Preschool up to 8th grade.
Windows users will probably want to create a user account for your kids and only grant them access to KidZui so you don’t have to worry about them circumventing KidZui. The free version has a lot of cool features which should be adequate for most users. With a paid subscription you will get unlimited history of the kids Internet activity, unlock more user interface enhancement, and have access to a feature called Homework Helper. If you are looking for a fun way to help keep your children safe online KidZui may be the perfect option.
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- Published 02/23/09