So you bought a tablet or laptop for Christmas. Now what? Are you concerned about how much time your kids will be spending in front of that screen and what they’ll be doing (or not doing!) while they’re there?
If you’re like most parents, you probably have concerns around your kids accessing inappropriate content, or being online when they should be doing their homework or going to sleep. Until now, your options have been software-based which require complicated installations on every single device you want to monitor and can still be worked around by tech-savvy kids.
My girls are only three and five, so I used to think I had plenty of time before I had to worry about this. Then a little while ago, Tee ran across a less than appropriate video while watching toy unboxing videos on YouTube. I was sitting right next to her so I was able to turn it off before she saw anything I didn’t want her to, but it was a wake up call to me. I took the YouTube app off my tablet, but it also made me realize just how easy it is for kids to stumble onto inappropriate content.
A few weeks ago I had a fascinating conversation with Antoine Boucher, a Canadian dad of three and former engineer at Research in Motion. When he discovered his own child looking at questionable content online, he decided he needed a solution that was more than just a “blocker”. Like most of us, he wanted to protect his kids, but he also knew that guiding and mentoring his kids to develop into discerning and prudent internet users was of much more value than arbitrarily blocking websites.
After an exhaustive search, Antoine realized that what he wanted just didn’t exist. So being a problem-solver and innovator, he decided to create it himself. Meet Kindera!
Kindera is a brand new tool to help you both protect and teach your kids aged 3-14 how to manage their online activities safely. Designed and developed in Canada, Kindera is a unique hardware solution to this modern challenge that faces every parent sooner or later. This high performance WiFi hub protects all the internet enabled devices in your home at once. There’s no software to install and no complicated set up to perform on each of your devices which means a better, more comprehensive solution.
Kindera protects, teaches, and supports your kids as they transition from children, to teenagers, and eventually into young adults:
PROTECT your children.
►Did you know that 74% of teens rely on their parents or other adults for information about protecting themselves online?
Use the simple Kindera interface on your mobile to monitor and supervise your child’s online activities on an ongoing basis. You’ll receive an email alert if your child is putting their safety at risk online, or viewing sites you do not approve of. The Kindera Home Service subscription automatically updates and adapts as content changes to provide up to date safety filters for your family.
TEACH your children how to manage online distractions.
►Did you know that children and teenagers alike should have less than 2 hours of screen time a day outside of doing homework?
Sit down as a family and discuss when internet access is needed through the day. Factors to consider include school schedules, homework loads, bed times, and entertainment needs. With Kindera’s access scheduling system, you can create rules for when they can have internet access and for how long. If necessary, you can shut off access, or turn it back on, for anyone in your family with the click of a button.
SUPPORT your children as they transition into young adults.
►Did you know that 90% of adolescents, aged 8 to 17 years old, believe it’s okay for parents to set rules on how they use their mobile devices?
Kindera allows you to create individualized profiles for each child and adjust restrictions as they transition into young adults. You can allow or block or schedule access to popular apps like Instagram, Facebook, SnapChat, Clash of Clans, or any other destination. Set general content restrictions based on your child’s age (e.g., G, PG, PG-14) to automatically manage access to age-appropriate sites, and easily adjust your children’s content access rating as personal, educational, and entertainment needs change.
Kindera retails for $199.99 and is available to purchase online. For a limited time, you’ll receive one year of free home service (regularly $10 a month) with your purchase!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation. Nevertheless, all opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.