You know, stuff like the new Daddy Pig Puddle Jump game that you can get on all good smartphone platforms including Windows Phone 8:
Like me again, you’re probably in complete fear of your kids getting something up on screen that they shouldn’t (I caught my lad playing Fist of Awesome on my Android phone the other day) or making in app purchases that they shouldn’t. You can turn off in app purchases in IOS and set up some level of limitation via a separate profile on Android but both of these are unnecessarily faffy compared with Windows Phone it turns out.
This is the standard live tile home screen you get on Windows Phone 8. It’s about as different as you can get from other mobile phone operating systems but once you get used to it it’s great. You can resize tiles, pin programmes to the start screen (you can scroll down through what you’ve got pinned), some are live tiles that dynamically update, which is funky.
Whilst it’s great and everything is readily accessible, what that means is everything is readily accessible when little hands get your smartphone. Worry not however because setting up the kid’s corner is so easy.
Just go to setting and you’ll see kid’s corner. Click on it and you’re already half way there. It’s that simple. It does exactly what it says on the tin.
Once you’ve turned the kid’s corner on, you get the opportunity to pick apps that you would like you kids to have access to. Simply scroll down the list and put a tick by each one you’re happy for your kids to have access to. In this instance you can see I’ve given the kids access to Angry Birds and Calculator among other things.
Once you’ve done this you’re pretty much finished, all that remains to do is set a password (if you haven’t already) on your main account. If you don’t, there’s nothing to stop your kids swiping into your account anyway.
Once Kid’s Corner is set up, all the kids have to do is swipe to the right from the unlock screen to reveal the kid’s corner, and then unlock it normally. It’s that simple.
And simple is good really, because you’re giving your phone to your kids to distract them and free yourself to do something else, rather than constantly having to help them fiddle around with getting to what they want to on your smartphone.
|swipe right and you’re there|
|enter the world of kid safe stuff|
|kid safe apps ahoy!|