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Apps For Kids

With kids getting their hands on technology at a younger age, app makers are starting to create kid friendly versions of popular apps. 

The latest kid friendly app is from Vine.  The app allows users to create videos and post them.  Anyone who has the app can see the videos and sometimes they can have profanity, or just inappropriate content.  This could be why the company came up with the app Vine Kids and from the reviews people seem to like it.

Newschannel 6 wanted to find out if Texomans like the idea of app makers launching kid friendly apps.

Cheryl Pollan said, “Yeah, I think that would be great.  The kids wouldn't feel like they're being talked down to by the companies coming out with the apps.”

Shelby McCaffity agrees.  However, he said there is still a risk.

“If a kid wants to access something on the internet, more than likely they're going to find a way,” he said.

McCaffity knows what it's like to try to monitor what's on a smart device.  His son has a tablet.

“I let him play games on the tablet, but I check to see, you know, I read the comments on the games,” he said, “I check to see the maturity level rating and I don't just download the app and hand it to him, I sit there and play the game with him for a while, see what's actually involved.”

He said another reason companies could be creating kid friendly apps is because kids like to do the same things they see their parents doing, which could include apps.  However, he doesn't think it's just the company's responsibility.

“I still think it's important for parents to take an active role to, you know, check every now and then,” McCaffity said, “Peak around the corner and see what the kids are doing on the computer, see what they're doing on the cell phone.”

He said app companies should also provide opportunities to help parents protect their kids.  However, he said, parents should rely on apps.

“You know, if you're not going to do it, who else is going to do it,” McCaffity said.

Pollan on the other hand, thinks it's up to the parents.

“I think it's more helpful, but it's still up to the parents I think to monitor what their kids are doing on tablets and online because nothing is ever 100-percent kid safe,” she said.

McCaffity said it's scary to know there are so many different types of apps out there.  This is why he said it's so important for parents to be proactive.

“It's better prevent them from seeing that instead of having to do the oh no no no, you know, trying to explain,” McCaffity said.

Now, there are ways to block your kids from downloading or using certain apps.  On some devices you can even lock a kid in an app.  However, technology experts say it all depends on the smart device you're using.

Alexandra McClung, Newschannel 6
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