Android Locks Down Your Phone So Kids Can Play Games
The Co-founder Ankush Agarwal, has now launched Play Safe, an app for Android that lets kids safely play games on your own smartphone.
It wants to provide a kid-friendly user interface for kids’own Android smartphones. A Today’s kids are still not necessarily rockin’ an iPhone or Android. The picture is changing, though. Nielsen says that two-thirds of all handsets being sold are smartphones. There will come a time when you will buy a phone, and it will be smart.
In the meantime, a more common scenario is one where your kid, grabs your phone and starts to play games.
The problem here, is that the kids download apps, delete your own apps, or access parts of your phone that they should not be messing around with. It’s a serious issue. The solution is With Play Safe, kids are given a simple, pre-approved dashboard which lists only the games and apps you’re OK with them launching. In testing, our 2-year was fine with it. She said she didn’t really know what she was doing on the Android homescreen anyway.
Vaisman and Agarwal are in bootstrapping mode now, but hope to use the app (currently free and ad-free) as the starting point to build a company whose focus is on family-friendly applications. Future apps would be paid and/or monetized in other ways, but with Play Safe, they’re looking to build credibility with parents and establish their brand.