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Grace loves to play computer games. There are a few that she’s allowed to play with limited supervision, and she asks to play them all the time.
One of the problems we have is that she sometimes clicks on the wrong thing and a window pops up in front of her screen. She gets all worked up over the missing game, and it usually causes a meltdown.
I’ve tried to give her instructions, especially when I’m holding a sleeping baby or in the bathroom. “Grace, close the window. See the little red circle? Just click on that. Yeah, that one. Close the tab, and your game is underneath.”
She’s 4. She doesn’t understand that the computer can multitask. All she knows is that she was playing a game and now it is gone because something else is visible instead and it is the end of the world.
It causes headaches for me, and then I say, “Okay Grace. You’re done with the computer for now.”
As you might imagine, that causes her to collapse into a pile of whining goo on the floor. If it’s a good day.
Fooz Kids provides a simpler internet experience for kids.
I was happy to hear about Fooz Kids, and I was eager to review it. It’s an application intended for kids ages 3-8 that prevents spyware/adware, external ads, links, and scripts, and any content you’ve disabled.
The thing I like best about Fooz Kids is that it’s full screen program. There are no pop ups, no matter what a child would click on. Even if she clicks on something that takes her away from the game or site she’s using, there is a large BACK arrow and a large HOME button. She knows what to do if her game disappears.
Grace has spent a few hours in the program over the last couple of days, and she has used it without incident.Â I haven’t had to intervene because things wouldn’t work, and she wasn’t able to access anything outside of the games and videos I specified.
Lest you think I’m remiss, I have been with her while she’s used Fooz Kids. She likes me to read the instructions and commentaries to her. I do it happily.
Most of the time.
More on that below.
I like Fooz Kids. I like that it gives Gracie some autonomy over her computer usage. I like that it makes her feel confident and capable.
I also have some concerns about Fooz Kids.
This program provides safer internet usage, not safe internet usage. There is a difference, and it doesn’t replace the supervision of a parent.
As I said, Grace had no trouble with the interface, and I am happy to have her continue to use it. She clicks on a game, plays it, and goes back to the home screen to find another game. She’s glad that she can go back and forth without any snags.
Really. I don’t want my satisfaction with the application to be lost in what I’m about to say. I really do like it.
It’s not as safe as you think.
I wanted to find out just how safe Fooz Kids is, and I tried to click out of the websites. Thinking like a devious kid, I wanted to see what trouble I could get into from within the application.
I found some. I spent less than 10 minutes looking and taking screen shots.
First, I found an ad that says “… means smart ass (or know it all) in Danish.” Perhaps not a big deal for most people, I don’t want to have to answer the question, What does A-S-S spell?
I was able to get from the home screen to a credit card application in only 3 clicks.
And then I got into Twitter. Twitter is pretty much the gateway to anywhere you want to go on the internet, don’t you think? I could find and click a link to whatever I wanted from there.
I would be remiss if I pretended as if Fooz Kids was a perfectly safe internet option. You can’t open this for your kids and walk away.
I would like to watch as Fooz Kids develops and improves in the months to come. If they can close some of these loopholes, it will be a lot safer and reliable from a parental standpoint.
What it is right now is a terrific application that will streamline and simplify internet usage for your little kids. For that purpose, I give it two thumbs up.
Just pay attention to what they’re doing.
If you’d like to try out Fooz Kids, you can use the link below to get one year’s subscription for free. I’d encourage you to download it and give it a try yourself.
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