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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Safe and Fun Internet Exploring for Kids (Free One Year Subscription)

Fooz Kids Happy Kids are Fooz Kids
Thank you to Fooz Kids for providing me with an All-In-One pack to review. The opinions I’ve expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint.

So, I know I'm supposed to let my kids play on the computer. Kids these days yes, I sound old saying that are surrounded by technology and are expected to know how to use it. Even my kindergartener has a computer class at school.

But, aside from the fact that I do not like to relinquish my laptop to anyone, I have other issues with turning my computer over to my kids.

First of all, if there is something inappropriate to be found, my kids will find it. Like the Barney video that I wasn't paying attention to because hey, it's Barney... until some stick figure comes out of the side of the screen, guns down Barney and says "Shut the f--- up!" And no, that f--- was not bleeped out. And there lay Barney, bleeding. I'm not a fan of Barney, but I'm even less of a fan of my kids watching him be murdered and hearing the f-bomb.

Second, even when I find my kids an appropriate web site, they tend to click around and find their way out of it. To a website that doesn't interest them or they close out of what they were working on. Either way, they need my help in getting them back on the site they were just on. While I don't mind helping them, there are times when I'm only letting them on the computer so that I can get something done elsewhere in the house.

My final reason why I didn't like to share my computer is that it's MY computer. And I would freak out if they did something to it. I keep lots of files that I need on here. The thought of them accidentally deleting something makes me break out into a sweat. And they also like to hit buttons. They have sent emails to random people. While that might be cute when the email gets sent to their uncle, it's not so cute when a string of nonsensical letters gets sent to someone that I'm working for.

But despite all my whining valid reasons for being wary about my kids going online, it's an experience that I want them to have. But I wanted a way for them to only be able to see appropriate content, need minimal assistance from me while playing, and for them not to be able to get into other areas of my computer. That's not asking for too much, is it?

Actually, it isn't too much to ask! Fooz Kids is an application that provides kids with a secure and entertaining internet environment- that you can control. You download Fooz Kids(don't worry, it's spyware-free and adware-free!) and then choose what websites, games and videos that you want your child to have access to.


This is the view of the parental dashboard for one of my boys. This one is for my youngest, so I selected "boy" then age "2-4." I could go down the list and check or uncheck different sites, games, videos, and crafts, depending on what I want him to have access to.  All of the choices are age-appropriate. But, I unchecked Calliou because I can't stand to hear that whiney voice. I also unchecked some others, just to give him a little less to scroll through.

Like I did, you can narrow the choices by gender, age (2-4, 5-7, or 8-11) and/or by personal preference. You can also add your own approved sites on "My Channel." And yes, if you have multiple kids, you can set up an account for each of them.

All navigation is within the application. The graphics and arrows make it easy for kids to find what they want and explore. Even my three year old has an easy time with it.

If my boys do try to exit out of Fooz Kids, they get this message:

PERFECT! Since we downloaded Fooz Kids, I've let my boys have a lot more computer time because I feel completely at ease knowing they are only seeing appropriate content. And I know that they can't get onto a site where they shouldn't be or even get into another area of the computer where they shouldn't be.

Aside from the websites, videos, games, and crafts on Fooz Kids, your child can also send and receive mail(even videos- though of course only to and from people you approve), make an avatar that looks like them, and even practice math skills appropriate for their grade level. More features are coming soon, too!

I highly recommend FoozKids to any parent!

Normally, it costs $11.99 for an annual subscription, but if you use my referral link, you can get a free Fooz Kids account! Woohoo! And yes, feel free to share this link with friends, toohttp://bit.ly/pmorYJ

Please click here to learn more about Fooz Kids. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions are my own. #cleverfooz



Blogger MiMi said...

How cool!!!
Seriously, though. Off to Google that Barney clip...

August 25, 2011 at 10:15 PM  
Anonymous The Drama Mama said...

This is exactly what I need, however, I have 2 computers in my house. If I download it on my main computer, using my account, can I dowload it on the other computer too, or do I have to pay for each computer?

August 25, 2011 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger Foursons said...

I can't get over how cute your little boys look with your huge laptop on their laps. And their little fingers moving the mouse- awe!

Seriously though- sounds like a great program.

August 25, 2011 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

$12.99 annually??? Sweet!
And with a free year?

Sign me up!!!
Well... no. I will go and sign myself up.
Sorry. You have enough on your plate. ;)

August 25, 2011 at 10:37 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Yup, we ran across that Barney clip, too. Not so good. I'll have to go check this out.

August 25, 2011 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger From Tracie said...

I love that there is a password to get out of it. That is genius.

The price is great too!

August 25, 2011 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger Eschelle said...

I love those sorts of things, in this house we use Zoodles :)

August 25, 2011 at 11:49 PM  
Anonymous Joy said...

@The Drama Mama

Here's what I did...on your 2nd PC, click on the free download link from this blog post (http://bit.ly/pmorYJ), download the application and sign in with your existing account!

August 26, 2011 at 12:10 AM  
Blogger Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Sounds great! I can completely relate. We had a safety program before, but it was temperamental. I like that this one is just for kids. I'll be trying it. :)

August 26, 2011 at 12:28 AM  
Blogger Mom of 12 said...

Thanks for the great info! My kids would love to try it out.

August 26, 2011 at 2:09 AM  
Blogger Krista said...

I wonder if it's usuable for a 13 month old?! HA! I guess if there are websites out there for that age, then, yes, it would be.

And I hate Calliou. He is so freaking whiney and selfish. Annoying. Daughter will never watch Cailliou.

August 26, 2011 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Deputy's Wife said...

I completely agree with you and will probably be downloading this! If I can get over being completely selfish and not wanting to share the computer with a 7 year old :)

August 26, 2011 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger I'm Jennifer. said...

My kids spend a good amount of time on the computer and I'm always hovering behind them to make sure they're using it "correctly." Fooz Kids sounds great. I'm looking at it now and will no doubt sign up. And when I do, I will for sure block any and all things Calliou. Can't take that whiny voice!

August 27, 2011 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger Mommy Inconsistent said...

I'm so happy about this! Going to download asap! Thanks for the info!

August 28, 2011 at 11:22 AM  

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