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Will Windows Phone 8 be child friendly?

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Will Windows Phone 8 be child friendly?
We've seen many young children, as young as 3, playing with a tablet or a smartphone. Most parents don't care and in fact, welcome the use of these devices as sort of a high-tech pacifier that keeps their kid busy. It is older kids, say 10 years old and up, whose mobile device use worries the parents more. Sure, the kids in that demographic might not drop that $500 Apple iPad as much as the toddlers do, but then again the toddlers are less apt to go out searching for porn on the iPad.

Screenshots from the KidZone app
Screenshots from the KidZone app

Screenshots from the KidZone app

It looks like Microsoft might be addressing this situation internally, within Windows Phone 8. According to WindowsPhoneHacker, in the software key in the Windows Phone 8 registry found on the emulator, was a subkey named "Family". Under "Family" was a branch called "KidZone". A look at the configuration data pointed to the idea that Microsoft would be offering a kids-safe mode to those using the OS. A Google search of the name found that KidZone is a trademarked name for an Android app that allows the owner of an Android device to lock out any feature or application to anyone who doesn't know the password. This obviously would prevent kids and adults from finding things on your device (like the browser) that you don't want them to find.

Whether this will be a feature that comes with the launch of the OS or later down the road is unclear. Considering that the KidZone name is trademarked, this could be just a codename for a similar function that Windows Phone 8 users will have. On the other hand, this could be one of those stories that require a quick shake of salt. Not that such a feature would be bad. It could allow you to lend your Windows Phone handset to your teenager without worrying that your device was being used for sexting.

source: WindowsPhoneHacker via WMPoweruser

Will Microsoft offer a way for parents to block certain features from children and others on Windows Phone 8?

Will Microsoft offer a way for parents to block certain features from children and others on Windows Phone 8?

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posted on 29 Jul 2012, 02:28 4

1. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 346; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Sure,it will be child friendly as it is an elegant os.WP pls pls make an option to customize font size of the head title eg:-people,settings,ease of access,internet explorer etc.because it eats lot of sreen size due to bigger fonts and unfortunately scrolling also increases.

posted on 29 Jul 2012, 07:27 1

2. kingpet13 (Posts: 139; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Yes, this is a good product, but let's be honest, will it really stop the kids from using the browser. I mean, my school uses a security system on their browser that my friend googled and found a way to hack when we were 8. If the surface allows any out of market downloading 90% of kids will have this hacked in no time. At least as soon as 1 hacker releases a download that gets around. In fact why not use this against your parents. Download apps you arent supposed to, and set a password on them. Then make up some story about it being access to the inner system, and that if you edit it that it will break the phone. Most kids I know find ways to hack this stuff before the parents even know it exists.

posted on 29 Jul 2012, 07:53 1

3. PAPINYC (limited) (Posts: 2044; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Oh just what we need: another "child-friendly" iPhone!

Parents: control your darn rug-rats!

posted on 29 Jul 2012, 08:06

4. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


WTF ? i begin watching porn when i was 13 and my parents say it just a small issue doesnt matter .

posted on 29 Jul 2012, 08:30

5. dexter_jdr (Posts: 995; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


if kidzone is for android patent.. then use "KidZoneD" :troll: also add friendZoned if available

posted on 29 Jul 2012, 09:06 1

6. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5632; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Yeah right. Kids today only like iphones because its like a ipod and its cooler. I remember when explaining this kid mother what phone she wants. her kid said i want the iphone because it have notification bar. And i told her u know Apple copied that from Android you know but dont care bout it. Kid these days.

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