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Browsers that keep kids away from Net disadvantages

india Updated: Jan 21, 2009 15:26 IST
Rajiv Arora

Since eternity (read: creation of the Internet and the problems that followed), the tiff between parents and their ‘innocent’ children who are always vulnerable to the not-so-good aspects of the virtual space has existed.

With time, and the realisation that many more worse things have been added on the web, matters have got murkier. While the adults want the juniors to restrict their computer usage to a few hours every day, and work on the mean machine only under their presence; the young birds always wish for some privacy.

After all, they just wish to play some games, watch videos, check e-mails and of course, access their Facebooks and Orkuts. But in the present times of easy access to the easily influential content, no one can hold any one party responsible for their concern.

The same holds true for when in the absence of parents, the elder one is asked to baby-sit the Internet-addict toddler. The solution lies with the kid browsers, as they are called, which ensure that both — parents and the kids — enjoy a restriction-free surfing experience.

There might be hundreds of such browsers, which vouch for the top position; the underlying concept remains the same. Catering to the needs of the kids, they come preloaded with some applications — like games, videos, songs etc — and allow access to a limited websites that offer edutainment content.

Also, some of the browsers do not allow the access to the desktop to kids, while others permit parents to select specific websites that the young users can surf. The browsers are generally colourful and lively with easy controls for smooth navigation.

They also offer a host of other options that may range from updating daily news in a sidebar to periodically updating the browser with new content. It is an ideal application to ensure that you keep learning from the biggest source of knowledge and continue making your parents feel safe.

A list of some of the kid browsers:
Kids Netlinks Noggin Browser (can be downloaded from