With more children becoming exposed to the Internet via smartphones and tablets from as early as two years of age, Samsung has put in place measures to ensure that parents and guardians can protect their children from inappropriate content.
This year’s Safer Internet Day with the tagline ‘Let’s create a better Internet together.’ Inspired Samsung’s partnership with Watoto Watch Network (WWN) a Kenyan child focused non-profit organization that is taking the lead in raising awareness on Child Online Protection by implementing an informative and sensitization program for them in schools.
Rather than denying them the chance to enjoy all the information available online, Samsung saw it fit to create an application that allows parents to provide measured access to the Internet while being able to monitor what children are doing while interacting with games, apps and websites.
Kids Mode is a parental control app that parents and guardians can activate to create a child friendly mobile environment for their kids, protecting them from the dangers of the Internet. When in Kids Mode a child using a Samsung smartphone or tablet can only access applications and content pre-selected and deemed suitable for them by parents and guardians.
The app prevents the child from interacting with any other content or app on the mobile device that may expose them to harmful information. In addition to that, the app allows parents and guardians to set time limits on mobile device, to restrict over-use by youngsters.
The app is available on Samsung Galaxy S5, Note 3, Note 4, Galaxy Tab 4 (7-inch) and Galaxy Tab S (8.4 and 10.5-inch) models. Each device with Kids Mode also features its own kiddy store with more than 900 child friendly kids applications to choose from.
You will only need to download the app in three easy steps;
Step 1: Install
Click on the Kids Mode icon visible on your applications menu/widgets list. You will then be prompted to download and install it on your device. When you click on install you may be prompted to allow installation from unknown sources. Select allow which will lead you to the settings page. Head to the security option and scroll down to find unknown sources. Check the unknown sources box to proceed with the installation.
Step 2: Set up your child’s profile and select apps
Once the installation is complete, open your app drawer and launch the app, then go through the configuration prompts.
You’ll start by setting up a PIN and backup password for the Kids Mode. Assign a “Kid’s profile” for your little one (name and birth date), and select the apps you want to provide access to.
In the Kids Mode home screen, you’ll see the apps you’ve allowed displayed as little gift boxes which your child can tap to unwrap. These are accompanied by five standard apps: Gallery, Media Player, Doodle, Sound Recorder, and Camera.
Step 3: Fine tune parental controls
Back on the main home screen, there are two icons toward the bottom of the screen – Settings, Exit – each of which will require your PIN to access.
Settings: this will let you monitor activity, set play limits, add more apps, enable media and more.
Exit: allows you to leave Kids Mode and return to your normal launcher. You will require your set pin to do this.