Thank you to Fooz Kids for providing me with an All-In-One pack to review. The opinions I’ve expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint.
So, I know I’m supposed to let my kids play on the computer. Kids these days yes, I sound old saying that are surrounded by technology and are expected to know how to use it. Even my kindergartener has a computer class at school.
But, aside from the fact that I do not like to relinquish my laptop to anyone, I have other issues with turning my computer over to my kids.
First of all, if there is something inappropriate to be found, my kids will find it. Like the Barney video that I wasn’t paying attention to because hey, it’s Barney… until some stick figure comes out of the side of the screen, guns down Barney and says “Shut the f— up!” And no, that f— was not bleeped out. And there lay Barney, bleeding. I’m not a fan of Barney, but I’m even less of a fan of my kids watching him be murdered and hearing the f-bomb.
Second, even when I find my kids an appropriate web site, they tend to click around and find their way out of it. To a website that doesn’t interest them or they close out of what they were working on. Either way, they need my help in getting them back on the site they were just on. While I don’t mind helping them, there are times when I’m only letting them on the computer so that I can get something done elsewhere in the house.
My final reason why I didn’t like to share my computer is that it’s MY computer. And I would freak out if they did something to it. I keep lots of files that I need on here. The thought of them accidentally deleting something makes me break out into a sweat. And they also like to hit buttons. They have sent emails to random people. While that might be cute when the email gets sent to their uncle, it’s not so cute when a string of nonsensical letters gets sent to someone that I’m working for.
But despite all my
whining valid reasons for being wary about my kids going online, it’s an experience that I want them to have. But I wanted a way for them to only be able to see appropriate content, need minimal assistance from me while playing, and for them not to be able to get into other areas of my computer. That’s not asking for too much, is it?
Actually, it isn’t too much to ask! Fooz Kids is an application that provides kids with a secure and entertaining internet environment- that you can control. You download Fooz Kids(don’t worry, it’s spyware-free and adware-free!) and then choose what websites, games and videos that you want your child to have access to.
This is the view of the parental dashboard for one of my boys. This one is for my youngest, so I selected “boy” then age “2-4.” I could go down the list and check or uncheck different sites, games, videos, and crafts, depending on what I want him to have access to. All of the choices are age-appropriate. But, I unchecked Calliou because I can’t stand to hear that whiney voice. I also unchecked some others, just to give him a little less to scroll through.
Like I did, you can narrow the choices by gender, age (2-4, 5-7, or 8-11) and/or by personal preference. You can also add your own approved sites on “My Channel.” And yes, if you have multiple kids, you can set up an account for each of them.
If my boys do try to exit out of Fooz Kids, they get this message:
PERFECT! Since we downloaded Fooz Kids, I’ve let my boys have a lot more computer time because I feel completely at ease knowing they are only seeing appropriate content. And I know that they can’t get onto a site where they shouldn’t be or even get into another area of the computer where they shouldn’t be.
Aside from the websites, videos, games, and crafts on Fooz Kids, your child can also send and receive mail(even videos- though of course only to and from people you approve), make an avatar that looks like them, and even practice math skills appropriate for their grade level. More features are coming soon, too!
I highly recommend FoozKids to any parent!
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