The Giveaway is closed – Elena is our winner! How do you regulate what your children watch on their tablets? My two younger ones love to watch tv shows, specifically PBS Kids and Nick Jr. shows on my iPad – however I don’t want them watching for long amount of times. That’s where Flare Kids really comes in handy.
Recently launched from Cox Communications; it lets families search and find child-friendly video content, plus offers excellent parental controls to manage the content and the amount of time that kids can watch it. I can set the amount of time they can watch it and then I’m not the bad guy when it goes off. It’s designed for children between the ages of 3 and 8.
My daughter is 7 1/2 and my younger son is 5. When I give them a time to watch a show, it leads into another show and another and it’s hard to figure out how much time they are actually on the tablet.
They’ve even been known to sneak it out of the kitchen shelf where I keep it. They don’t understand why I want them to shut the show off, like my 10 year old does. But with Flare Kids, I can set the max time they can watch shows and it will turn itself off. Problem solved.
Getting started with Flare Kids was pretty easy. Parents will need to put their email in and set up a parental control secret code (yes, this should be a number your kids don’t know).
Next, you create your children’s profiles. You can create up to three. I am always wary about using my children’s real names, so I gave them nicknames on the app.
Then kids can choose up from 6 customizable and fun themes to create their own unique experience. This was really fun for my kids – they loved having a say. My daughter chose the rocket theme first and my younger son chose the sea theme.
With Flare Kids app, kids can find their favorite shows in one place and new content is added everyday. And new videos are recommended in a facebook- like feed. Perfect for the kid who loves trying to look at your social network!
Note: If you want to add an extra theme (right now 2 come for free), you’ll have to pay for it $0.99 per theme and you can buy up to 4 more themes). Kids aren’t allowed to buy the themes, it will tell them to ask an adult and you’ll have to log in with your parental secret code and download it from the app store. It took about 3o seconds to do.
There was a lot of content from channels we love like PBS Kids, Nick JR., Disney Channel, Disney XD, and more. Parents can block networks that you don’t want your child to see (for example, if your child is too young for Disney XD, you can restrict it).
I chose not to restrict networks, but I chose to limit time. I was able to pick how long they could each watch. The Flare Kids App will tell me what shows they watched and the networks that they can’t watch.
What happens when their time is up?
When your child has reached their time limit, the app takes them out of their theme and won’t let them watch anymore. My daughter came to me and expected me to put it back on. I explained that she had watched her allowed time, which was 35 minutes, and would have to wait until tomorrow to watch more. Then I held my breath, expecting her to freak out. She actually didn’t protest. She said, “Okay” and skipped away. Now, she may not always react like that, but the Flare Kids App didn’t make me the bad guy.
Can Kids Make In-App Purchases?
No – it won’t let kids purchase themes themselves. A parent has to enter their secret code and make the purchase from the App Store themselves. This made me really happy, because I always worry that my kids will do in-app purchases. My husband doesn’t even know my apple password!
Flare Kids was designed with parents and children in mind. Kids gain the freedom they desire to explore and switch between various shows, while parents experience peace of mind knowing the platform their child is viewing is age-appropriate. I liked the parental controls and time limit function.
For kids between the ages of 3-8 years, The Flare Kids app is available in the App Store and google play store. It ‘s perfect for small children who like to watch video content on tablets (as so many of them do).
We’re teaming up with Flare Kids to giveaway an iPad Mini 3 16GB (refurbished, looks brand new).
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