KidzInMind app review.
Keeping kids safe online, it’s something that has crossed my mind but I’ve not really given it too much thought as mine are so young still but actually, I’ve recently heard horror stories about seemingly innocuous internet searches by children that have turned up some incredibly unsuitable content.
If you follow me on twitter, you may have seen my jokey tweet about scanning my new followers and not finding any dodgy accounts;
Just catching up on recent followers and I think you’ll all celebrate with me that there were no dodgy accounts for once! Whoop!
— Pink Pear Bear (@pinkpearbear) September 27, 2016
Obviously, as a grown up, I just see these accounts, block them and move on, but actually, for a child, a lot of the content would be very worrying and actually, could be very damaging. I also had a grapic porn account show up on my instagram the other day, and I definitely think that would have raised some awkward questions. Plus I think it is actually quite a scary thing to see for a child so anything that allows my kids to have free run of an app with no risk of stumbling into anything more sinister is a win in my book.
So when I was contacted about reviewing the KidzInMind app, I was really keen. The app is billed as a ‘safe playground’ for children, where they have no access to the darker sections of the web, but lots of access to games, shows and songs. With the baby mode activated, (press the home button 3 times), they can’t leave the app. The app is downloadable for free, but really, to access any of the content, you need a subscription, and this is where I can help! KidzInMind are offering 5 lucky winners a subscription to the app and you can enter at the bottom of the post.
I love the graphics of the app, it is laid out as a house, and opens with a video which clearly demonstrates how to navigate around. I like the app a lot, the characters are bright and appealing and there are some brilliant activities on there. Some of the cartoons and games are American, but I don’t mind that as I loved a lot of American programs when I was little, the rugrats for example.
The best bit of KidzInMind for me, are the alphabet learning options as one is in Italian! I am trying to learn Italian and so to have so many words read aloud to me has helped me as well as the children.
There are so many games on there, some particular favourites are the uniform matching game, where the children can flick through different hats, tops, trousers and accessories to create the correct outfits for different jobs, they can then move forward and unlock different towns with new jobs. There are also numerous matching games, drag and drop games, identify the correct animal multiple choice and many more. There is also a Pocoyo area with more games in and the dino lab which has puzzles to unlock facts.
Some of the KidzInMind games and cartoons are definitely tailored towards slightly older children, and I think it makes it an app that you can also sit and do with your children and help them to progress too.
There is a maths equation unlock feature to access the account settings and there you can manage your downloads etc and delete any games or cartoons if you are limited on space.
Do your children play with apps? When do you use them the most? Particular favourites for me are out to dinner when we have exhausted all the sticker books and I also use them when I go to the gym to keep the children occupied while I do the work out class. It’s 45 minutes and they are perfectly happy with some snacks and my phone.