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Letting children have the phone is now a safe call with KidsProof Launcher

by Ian Black

For parents, phones have become a sort of 21st century replacement of the TV babysitter from the last century. When a small child is fussy, fighting or just bored out of his or her skull, a parent will hand over a mobile phone and let the kid entertain himself or herself with a game or app. All is good, until the kid accidentally texts a work colleague or dials a stranger in Paris. This situation calls for KidsProof Launcher.

The idea and this app is simple — leverage Android’s home screen replacement feature to create a kid-friendly home screen. When you launch the app, you select which apps you want to allow your kids to use, all others will be blocked as long as KidsProof Launcher controls the home screen. This free version only lets you pick two apps. The full version includes an unlimited number, but costs $2.50 to unlock.

By default, all calling and texting is blocked by the app, thus saving you from the embarrassing tyke dial. The full version lets you toggle this feature on or off — perhaps allowing your older kids to stay in touch.

All in all, the concept is great, but the app feels pretty sparse. However, the next time my kids call China, I might fork over the $2.50.

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