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Security spotlight: Kido'Z child-safety browser

Internet & BroadbandThe web browser is a potentially confusing environment for kids, and a gateway to the web's seamy underbelly. Here's a way to keep them safe.

For most kids under the age of 10, the main attractions of a computer are games, videos and websites. Kido'Z is a specialised browser that serves up exactly those items, all within a safe, colourful, child-friendly interface.

Kido'Z requires Adobe Air. With that in place, it takes just a few clicks to install Kido'Z and set up a free account, which requires little more than a username and password.

The interface resembles a TV, with colorful icons for switching between the Games, Websites, and Video "channels." Within each channel: pages and pages of preselected content, with each item represented by a colourful, recognisable thumbnail (Dora, Curious George and so on).

There's also a Favorites button so your kids can easily return to their preferred games and videos without having to search through all the pages again.

Kido'Z has a password-protected Parental Controls page where you can manage content, adding new videos and websites or blocking material you may find inappropriate.

In short, Kido'Z is a slick, well-designed app that's perfect for parents who want to let young kids have a little fun online, but who don't want to worry about inappropriate content. Though it's designed for ages 3-7, I think 8- and 9-year-olds would enjoy Kido'Z as well.

See also:

Quintura Search, a search engine designed with kids in mind.

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