We’ve been discussing internet parental control through a set of articles now. We’ve discussed parental control through OpenDNS on the PC and Android, we’ve also covered the topic of parental control through the use of browser extensions and add-ons. Parental control is becoming more important in the recent days as we shift our digital life to the cloud, schools now are using cloud services from Google, Microsoft and Amazon, so we want kids to get the most out of the internet while overcoming its negative impact and that could be achieved through avoiding the dark side of the internet.
Today we’re going to continue with the parental control strategies that wise parents should use to get the most of the internet while avoiding its drawbacks, today’s article will be about kids dedicated browsers, in case you didn’t know; there are browsers dedicated for kids that makes your job as a parent very easy to administer your kid’s internet sessions. This post will present Zoodles a freemium (there’s a free as well as a paid version) internet browser dedicated for kids.
Step 1: Navigate to Zoodles download web page (http://www.zoodles.com). First, you’ll need to sign up for an account before downloading anything.
Step 2: After you sign up, you’ll be prompted by a couple of windows as seen in the screenshot below, just hit skip at the bottom.
Step 3: After skipping these two windows you’ll be prompted by the various methods by which you can download and install Zoodles, the easiest way is the first one so just hit the install tab seen in the screenshot below.
Step 4: First it’ll download and install Adobe Air, after the installation is complete you’ll be prompted by the following window, just select “Save” and browse to where you want to download Zoodles.
Step 5: After the download is complete, browse to where Zoodles is downloaded and start the installation process. During the installation process you’ll be prompted by the following window just click on “install”.
Step 6: After the installation is complete, start the browser and you’ll be asked to sign in, just use the information you’ve used in creating the account in step one. Create an account for your kid and it’ll be automatically customized to fit his/her age. To start using the browser you’ve to click on the iPod like icon seen below.
Usage is dead simple, all of the features could be accesses from the top tabs, as seen in the screenshot below, through this tabs the kid can have access to YouTube videos, books, emails and lots more depending on the age.
It’s worth noting that the version used in this tutorial is the free version thus limited. You can of course do more by upgrading to the paid version.
Finally to exit the browser just click on the “X” icon but then you’ve to type “Quit” in the box and click on the red arrow, that’s helpful as it prevents kids from exiting the browser and start to wonder and mess around with the computer.
And that was it for the kids friendly browsers, stay tuned for more ways to master parental control which is essential for the modern era.