KidZui, The Internet for Kids, is a revolutionary free browser and online service that lets kids age 3 to 12 enjoy the power and promise of the Internet in a fun, safe and engaging way. KidZui features more than 1.5 million Web sites, videos and pictures categorized by topic and reviewed for age-appropriateness according to strict editorial guidelines. Built from the ground up for kids, KidZui encourages and rewards curiosity and learning, and keeps parents in touch with their kids’ online activities.
Kid-Safe Social Networking
Just as KidZui created the best searching and browsing features for kids, it has taken the best features of social networks and tailored them to kids. When kids download KidZui, they start by creating their own Zui (online avatar) which they can customize by changing its skin color, hair color and style, eye color and shape, clothing and accessories.
Kids now have a profile page where they can see their events, tags and visitors. On the new profile page, kids can pick their status and mood from a drop down menu that spans a wide range of emotions and activities from “energetic” to “moody” or “by the pool” to “doing homework.” The mini-feed shows who have become friends, who has tagged interesting videos, photos and websites, and also allows children to “ping” each other. Kids enjoy more self-expression through new customization tools that offer a variety of beautifully crafted backgrounds in categories such as nature, space, fantasy and sports. KidZui also lets kids see what pieces of content are the most popular within the entire KidZui network. Members can build their own “channels” where they become their own editors, selecting which videos, photos and websites to add. Kids can then share channels with their friends.
In addition to tripling the size of the Internet for Kids – from its original 500,000 pieces of content to 1.5 million in only six months – KidZui has added Homework Helper for members.
The Homework Helper is the next generation of educational technology. KidZui Members have access to Homework Helper, a teacher-designed system that gives kids access to thousands of Web pages, pictures and videos matched by subject to every grade level from Kindergarten through eighth grade.
Kids choose their grade level from the menu bar and then click on the subject category they are studying (Native American history, solar system, fractions, homophones). Each subject brings related topics and content so kids can easily find the best resources on the web.
Homework Helper was developed by the former editor-in-chief of Leapfrog, a leading designer and developer of innovative, technology-based educational products, and a team of eight teachers.
WiredTrust Best Practice Seal
KidZui has been awarded the first-ever WiredTrust Best Practice Seal for a children’s site. The seal is given to organizations that have proven to be among the most responsible and professional of organizations and shown a commitment to safety and risk management. KidZui has met the strict standards set by WiredTrust, one of the first consulting companies designed specifically to help social networks and kids’ virtual worlds navigate safety issues.
“The Internet’s youngest users see what their teenage brothers and sisters are doing online and want to do the same,” said Dr. Parry Aftab, Internet Privacy & Security Lawyer, Managing Director of WiredTrust. “KidZui has found the right level of social networking features to give kids a sense of community while keeping them safe. KidZui deserves the first WiredTrust Best Practice Seal for building an Internet for Kids that gives them the best of the Web, while keeping parents connected with their kids.”
Designed for kids age 3-12, KidZui is a free revolutionary web browser and online service that offers access to the best Internet content for kids — more than 1.5 million kid-friendly Web sites, videos and pictures. Content in KidZui has been approved by the editorial team of trained educators and parents.
Through KidZui’s parental account, parents can change the categories of content available, add and take out specific Web sites and see what their kids are viewing online. KidZui is a great way for parents to stay in tune with their kids and engaged in their online activities. Parents also receive a detailed weekly report of their kids’ recent searches and interests.
KidZui is free to all families. KidZui also offers a membership for just $4.95/month or $49.95/year that includes enhanced online reporting for parents, Homework Helper, and fun extras for kids.
This holiday season, KidZui will be offering gift certificates. It’s the perfect solution for parents, stepparents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, third cousins and anyone else with a special child in their lives.
KidZui will be offering two types of holiday gift certificates; a one year membership for $49.95, and a three month membership for $19.95. Both can be purchased as a one time gift or as a recurring subscription.
I’ve teamed up with KidZui to offer one lucky Momma Findings reader a gift certificate for a One Year membership! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me who you’d like to give this to.
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Contest starts tonight December 2nd-10th Midnight Central Time and open to US residents only. You don’t have to be a blogger to enter, but please leave a valid email address for contact purposes. Good Luck!
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