I’m working with Cocoon Kids. But, you can get the download free, too!
The internet terrifies me when it comes to my kids. There is so much on it that isn’t appropriate (for anybody), is scary, and is downright disgusting. Not to mention the people that hide behind their computers acting like somebody else, or being a bully.
It scares me so much so that we really don’t have much if any computer time at home. The oldest gets to use it at school and the middle gets to play with a tablet every once and a while. I figure they will likely be on computers the rest of their lives, so no rush. But, because she gets to use it at school and sees me on it, she wants to use the computer, too.
Our solution? The Cocoon Kids download. It installs as a toolbar right in firefox.
Once I downloaded it and set up an account, I just had to click the little “power” button, enter my password and she was safe. There is a wonderful list of predetermined “white list” sites that she can visit (from a parent blogger advisory board) that I selected as a starting point. She can only visit these sites set up for her (you can have multiple accounts for different children at different ages).
If there is a site she thinks she wants to add, she has to ask for permission and I can add it to her list (if I want to do so using the password, or I can deny her request).
I’m a big fan of the white listed site because there is no way to keep up with a black list. There are ways around them way too easily. I like that there are selected sites, and she can only pick from those.
I did make the screen fill the entire monitor. Because, if she happened to scroll down and get into my docking station, she could have easily pulled up a safari or google chrome browser window and accessed the internet. So, you still need to expect to supervise your children and keep an eye on them.
There are many benefits to CocoonKids that are awesome.
We did have issues with some of the videos working within CocoonKids (when visiting PBSkids.com). I’m not sure what the cause is, but hopefully, it’s just a fluke or a setting that I don’t have right on my computer. I did notice a little more lag time as CocoonKids takes all sites through a proxy, but it’s helping teach patience and slowing my kids down a bit, so that’s all good with me.
Thank you to CocoonKids for sponsoring this post. All thoughts are my own.