The Internet hosts millions of web pages but most of them may be inappropriate to your kid. It is also very difficult to monitor the online activities of kids. While there is nothing that could replace parental monitoring, these five kid-friendly web browsers have made the online world a safer place for children of all ages and can possibly help parents prevent kids from viewing the dark side of the world wide web.
All of the browsers reviewed here have an educational component and are not limited to just games and activities, so give them a test run and find the one that best fits your family’s online needs
Buddy Browser was released on Jan 1, 2011 after nearly 3 years of development.
Key Features of Buddy Web Browser
- Safe Search options
- Safe & Fun Instant Messenger
- Tab-based navigation
- My Favorites
- Learning Channels
- Popup blocker
- Other Browsers Blocking Utility and much more.
KidZui gives your kids the freedom to explore the Internet, have fun, and build their sense of independence.KidZui gives kids the freedom to explore the Internet safely.
Key Features of Kidzui Web Browser
- Millions of kid-friendly YouTube videos, online games, and websites
- All pre-screened and approved by editorial staff, teachers, and parents
- Weekly activity reports keep you in touch with your child’s evolving interests
Firefly is a Web Browser made specifically for kids to make their surf experience safe.
Key Features of Firefly Web Browser
- It always starts at luciboo.com
- It can only go to websites linked from these pages AND pages approved by parents that are added to your favorites.
- It uses Google to perform searches, but presents results that are filtered of inappropriate content. Access to the Google results will require an adult password.
- It has a time-management facility so that parents can set the time the browser will work.
Zac Browser is the first Internet browser developed specifically for children living with variants of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Asperger syndrome, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, PDD not otherwise specified and PDD-NOS, also called atypical autism.
Key Features of Zac Web Browser
- A drawing board
- New sites
- New videos
- Compatibility with the latest Flash sites
- Increased speed in loading videos
- Color changes of the Browser background
- Changes to the “Smiley” in another category
- Added application for “Zac Crash Recovery”
- Added shortcut to “The Autism News.com”
- Added shortcut to our new forum
Kidrocket is a free Web browser is a great way to introduce your kids to the Internet on your terms.
Key Features of Kidrocket Web Browser
- Kids Email, TimeLock time limiter, Password-protected fullscreen lockdown mode
- Your child can save and email their artwork from the Art section, Interactive Math Flashcards, Puzzles, Games and more.
- It comes preset with lots of kid-friendly Web sites, such as Nickelodeon, PBS Kids, and Barbie.
- the time-lock feature allows to manually set a time limit for browser use.