After reviewing Fooz Kids, I noticed that the distinction for me, between this product and other parental control programs is that this is NOT a parental spyware program, like so many parental control programs out on the market. This is a program that encourages children to use the internet and guides them towards creative ways to play and interact, rather than focusing them on what they cannot access.
A program like Fooz kids gives children the tools and confidence they need to develop their web based skills by enhancing what they love about technology through education, creativity & play. For details read below and check out their video.
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The Freedom to Connect
With nearly 80% of American children between the ages of 0 and 5 using the Internet on at least a weekly basis, it comes as no surprise that today’s toddlers are more likely to be able to operate a computer mouse than tie their shoelaces or ride a bike.(1) According to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, more than 80% of children ages 4 to 5 consume digital media such as websites and video games and nearly 70% of children ages 6 to 9 are using children’s social networks.
Needless to say, Parents are an important influence for their children’s media exposure and consumption. Just as we encourage our children to explore and exercise their imagination in the physical world, we can introduce them to endless discoveries in the online world. But with one caveat: we want some control over what our children discover and who they interact with.
This is where Fooz Kids comes in. Fooz Kids was created under the premise that happiness can be taught, rather than be left to a matter of circumstances. The company’s vision – captured under the moniker “Project Happy Kids” – is that child happiness can be nurtured by the acquisition of 5 essential skills: creativity, connectedness, discovery, learning and play. Fooz Kids was created to help kids become proficient in these areas, while giving parents control on the activities offered to their children.
Fooz Kids offers a wide selection of age-appropriate activities that children can perform on their own. It is a single place for children to explore websites, videos, and games and to connect with parent-approved friends and family through email and video mail. Children can also create and design their own books and virtual rooms, as well as hone their math skills with over 22,000 state-standard core-curriculum practice problems. Parents can monitor and approve all activities through a Parental Dashboard, and can event prevent their child from exiting the application through a parent password.
In a nutshell, Fooz Kids combines the progressive power of technology and the breadth of the Internet with the security that children are engaging in activities that are appropriate and beneficial to them.
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(1)(AVG “Digital Diaries”, 2010. Joan Ganz Cooney Center “The New Digital Media Habits of Young Children”, 2011)