Even though my work revolves around me being online I have some serious anxiety when it comes to my children having access to the internet whether it be through educational apps or simply discovering things on YouTube I am not at ease with it all. We didn't have a tablet for years, in fact I think my eldest was about 5 when we first got one and while I can certainly see the educational benefits as well as being very handy on long trips or even when you just need half an hour to get something done in the house the length of time children can get sucked into tablets is scary as well as how open the internet can be, perhaps I am just a little controlling but it's my kids wellbeing I have at heart. Thats where Kidslox comes in, a parental control app which allows you to have control without hovering over your children and still allowing them a sense of space. I recently put the app to the test to see if it helped to put my mind at rest while they use our tablet and this is what I thought.
Firstly the app works on both IOS and Android and in a nut shell allows you to not only block certain content but also any apps of your choosing. They also have built in timers so you can lock down the tablet or phone or set the amount of time you want to allow them to have online without any arguments or trying to pry it back from out of their hands. The app is also childproofed in that you are the only one who has a password to the app so they themselves cannot access the controls and change the settings.
What I really like about the app is how user friendly it is and extremely easy to set up. Apps that are overly complicated really put me off and I lose the will to give them a go properly but this was certainly not the case with Kidslox, in fact within a few minutes I had it all up and running.
I also really like how the settings can only be accessed by those who know the password and that you only need one account for as many devices as you want. Besides being able to block content I found the timer feature especially useful as with most parents my son doesn't quite understand the concept of 30mins and this also helps teach him time and personal responsibility and making most of the time you have.
The holidays and Christmas time is often when we are most busy, rushing around everywhere and children during these times often have a little more screen time than usual than Kidslox will give you that peace of mind. You can try out a free 14 day trial and after that is £2.99 per month.
Thanks for Kidslox for inviting me to try out their service