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Worrying about Your Kids’ Online Safety?

May 29th, 2014

 Kidoodle.TV was designed with your child’s safety in mind.

  The online world is a scary place, especially for kids!

The world is a scary place

For parents worried about what their kids can access online, it can be a difficult task to keep up with all the newest ways for kids to access inappropriate content.

It’s even tougher when that online world is mobile and available on so many devices, and tougher still when you recognize that we live in a digital age.

Parents understand that allowing kids the freedom to navigate and explore within online spaces is crucial to learning and interacting within today’s environment.

So what’s a parent to do?

  Kidoodle.TV

 

Use Kidoodle.TV as a Safe Site

The idea for Kidoodle.TV was born when one of our kids accidently accessed inappropriate media content on television in a matter of minutes. We decided that we had to find a way to provide a safe place for kids to watch quality shows in a convenient and easy to use environment. A digital solution was born!

 

Here are some of the features that the Kidoodle.TV team put in place to protect your kids and give you peace of mind:

Child Focus – Kidoodle.TVis focused solely on children, with no adult content and no ads or commercials. It features content designed for kids aged 12 and under. You have the ability to restrict content based on age and ratings to fit your child’s viewing habits and family values.

Password Protected– Sign into your account with your username and password. Choose a password with numbers, symbols and upper and lower case letters to improve its strength and never share your password!

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Administrative Control – The “Parents Room” is a passcode protected room within the Kidoodle.TV site that gives administrative control to parents. There, you can create or delete Kid Profiles, place limits on access, request technical assistance and manage your subscription.

 

Kid Profiles – You can customize up to 5 profiles per account to allow kids of different ages to enjoy the service.  Once logged into Kidoodle.TV, you can simply select a Kid Profile and hand off the navigation to your child.

 

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Quick Switch– Passcode protection between profiles can be applied to prevent younger children from accessing older children’s profiles.

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Time Limits – No more being the bad guy! Parents can apply time limits for viewing by activating the lock button within each Profile. Each time the profile is accessed, a time limit must be assigned.

 

 

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Personalization of Content – Within each profile, you can filter content by age, or decide on a title by title basis what your child can see using Title Selection, a unique feature which allows parents to turn titles on or off according to each child’s needs.

 

Combining these features of Kidoodle.TV with other child-safety features within the devices you use to access online content is a good way for families to protect their kids while allowing them to use technology.

Kidoodle.TV has enabled a “Player Lock” feature on Apple devices (iPads and iPhones), adding another layer of parental control.

Player Lock allows a parent to select an episode, press play, and “lock” younger viewers into play mode by holding the lock icon (found on the top right of the screen) for 2 seconds (the same process is used to unlock the episode), making it more difficult for younger users to easily navigate away from the episode. Navigational controls are disabled while the lock is on.

 

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Apple’s “Guided Access” feature can also be enabled when using Kidoodle.TV on an Apple device, which locks the child into the Kidoodle.TV app but with navigational controls enabled.  More information can be found on the Apple website.

 

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However, nothing beats supervision and talking to your kids. Engage your children and ask about what they are watching. Awareness aids safeness.

Happy surfing!

Merry & Alicia

 

Some more great tips for parents looking to get started on Internet safety:

  • Talk to your kids about appropriate online and social media behaviour. Who are they allowed to talk to, if anyone? Grandma and Grandpa? Friends? Teachers? There are many good resources to help you with this conversation, including at OnGuardOnline.gov.
  • Sit with your kids while they learn and interact within the online environment, including social media sites. Mentorship is vital to fostering good online practices. When your kids run into trouble, you’ll be there to steer them out of trouble and discuss what went wrong.
  • Talk to your kids about which sites are safe to visit, which aren’t, and what to do if they come across inappropriate content. Everybody runs across inappropriate content by accident. It’s important to teach your kids how to handle it.
  • Implement times when online viewing is approved and set rules about when and where mobile devices can be used. Kids run into trouble when they are out of sight and they may be too embarrassed to reach out for help.
  • Use the parental control features and filters on your computer or mobile devices to ensure that certain sites are inaccessible.
  • Use strong passwords for online accounts and teach your kids never to share passwords! Use a nickname instead of a real name when possible, and remind your kids to log out of approved sites after use.
  • Create different user accounts and unique profiles where available within a site. If possible, set yourself up as the Administrator of the accounts (with full access to settings) and create Limited User accounts for your kids.
  • The online world is a complex and intimidating place, but it doesn’t have to be. Learn about privacy rules and how different sites share your information. Understand and monitor your ‘digital footprint’ or ‘online reputation’ and teach your kids about the permanent nature of the Internet.
  • Purchase mobile monitoring apps that monitor the websites that your kids visit on mobile devices and that send you alerts when a blocked site is accessed.
  • Keep your anti-spyware and anti-virus protection up to date and block inappropriate web content from the beginning.
  • With older kids, watch the news together and discuss stories that feature victims of online abuse and how to avoid the same situation.
  • Learn about online bullying and what to do about it. A great resource can be found at GetCyberSafe.