Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics in­tro­duces pro­tec­tion to kids in ‘dig­i­tal age’

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

It wasn't child's play but Sam­sung has made it for par­ents to help them pro­tect their chil­dren in 'the Dig­i­tal Age.'

Chil­dren love their bright, flashy im­ages and in­tu­itive, re­spon­sive in­ter­faces, and are happy to spend hours watch­ing videos and play­ing games. But how to pro­tect chil­dren from in­ap­pro­pri­ate on­line con­tent and limit them from us­ing the de­vice too much with­out spend­ing too much on an ex­pen­sive, com­pli­cated mon­i­tor­ing ser­vice.

Sam­sung's Kids Mode pro­vides a so­lu­tion to th­ese prob­lems, cre­at­ing a free and easy-to-use in­ter­face on smart­phones and tablets that is sim­ple to con­trol and mon­i­tor, while provid- ing plenty of fun and ed­u­ca­tional apps for chil­dren. In­deed, al­ready Kids Mode has gained 1.9 mil­lion monthly ac­tive users and sup­ports 2,500 child­friendly apps and video con­tent, with more ap­pear­ing all the time.

With Kids Mode, par­ents can se­lect and con­trol apps and mon­i­tor how their chil­dren use mo­bile devices, mak­ing those devices as open or as closed as they wish. Kids Mode con­trols the apps that a child can use, the videos, mu­sic and other con­tent they can ac­cess, and how long they can use a de­vice.

But just as im­por­tantly as help­ing par­ents out, Kids Mode is also fun to use. Its sim­pli­fied user in­ter­face fea­tures large and colorful but­tons de­signed for chil­dren, with con­trols that are un­com­pli­cated but that give a wide range of op­tions for chil­dren to ex­plore. In ad­di­tion, there are a va­ri­ety of ex­clu­sive na­tive apps that come pre­in­stalled and that can be down­loaded. Plus, Kids Mode and many of its re­lated apps are free, so it's a so­lu­tion that ev­ery fam­ily can af­ford.

To be­gin us­ing Kids Mode, par­ents need to down­load the app from Galaxy Apps. Af­ter in­stalling, they set up a PIN code and a pro­file for their child, then the app is ready to go. Par­ents can then go to the Parental Con­trol area to cus­tom­ize Kids Mode as they see fit. They can limit the amount of time each day their child can use the de­vice, set­ting dif­fer­ent amounts for week­days and week­ends. Par­ents also get to con­trol the list of con­tacts, apps and me­dia their child has ac­cess to, en­sur­ing the con­tent is al­ways ap­pro­pri­ate for their fam­ily.

Kids Mode comes with the Kids Store pre­in­stalled, as well as the Play Zone, a 3D block house with seven themes users can choose. The Play Zone comes with sev­eral mini-games that fea­ture the app's four car­toon char­ac­ters: Cro­cro, Cooki, Bobby and Lisa.

Once the de­vice is con­fig­ured, par­ents will need to down­load apps to get the most out of it. Kids Mode of­fers a va­ri­ety of ex­clu­sive, na­tive apps, fea­tur­ing those fa­mil­iar car­toon char­ac­ters and the same easy-to-use in­ter­face. Among those apps are Kids Cam­era, Kids Draw­ing, Kids Mu­sic, Kids Magic Voice, Kids Video and Kids Call, of­fer­ing lots of fun op­tions for play­ing and de­vel­op­ing cre­ativ­ity.

For ex­am­ple, the Kids Cam­era lets chil­dren take a pic­ture of some- one, then add funny stickers to the pho­to­graph, like goo­gly eyes, mus­taches and silly hats. Kids Draw­ing lets chil­dren un­leash their artis­tic side, with a draw­ing ap­pli­ca­tion, col­or­ing book, sand­box and a scratch­board.

Kids Mu­sic of­fers a play­ful, in­ter­ac­tive space for chil­dren to play dig­i­tal in­stru­ments along to tunes that a par­ent has up­loaded to the de­vice. And Kids Me­dia lets chil­dren watch only the con­tent their par­ents make avail­able. All th­ese apps are avail­able both in the Galaxy Apps store and Kids Store. They are free to down­load, ap­pear­ing on the Kids Mode home screen. The first time they are down­loaded, they ap­pear as a cute gift ready to be un­wrapped; tap­ping the gift opens it up to re­veal the reg­u­lar app icon.

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