Kurio introduces "safest" smartphone for kids

Kurio introduces "safest" smartphone for kids
You might remember that back in 2012, we told you about Kurio's Android tablets for kids. Now, the company has unveiled a smartphone for children that includes parental controls and other features. Kurio calls it "the safest smartphone for kids." Parents can control which apps can be installed, or blocked. Parents can also block certain people from being added to the contacts list. Mom and Dad can select up to five names on the list as primary contacts, and these names cannot be removed by the child.

As you might expect, parents can control the number of minutes their child uses the phone to make calls, and can also block the number of text messages sent. Parents, though, cannot snoop on the content of texts and MMS messages. The GPS on Kurio Phone can report back to parents the location of their child every 15, 30 or 60 minutes. And a geofence can be set up which means that if the child enters a certain restricted area, Mom and Dad will receive an alert. The areas that are restricted can be activated during certain days and times.

If the phone is lost or stolen, it can be remotely wiped, and a message can be displayed on the screen. The front-facing camera can be set to snap a picture when the phone is started up. And while many of you might consider this to be micro-managing, parents can be notified when the child turns his phone on or off, or when the Kurio phone has a low battery. The parents can also agree to be notified when the SIM card on the device is changed.

The Kurio Phone has a 4 inch screen with resolution of 480 x 800, a multi-core processor, and 1GB of RAM on board. A back and front facing camera comes with the phone, which offers 3G connectivity. There is 4GB of native storage and a 32GB capacity microSD slot. Android 4.2 is installed, and the phone can filter 450 million websites in 170 languages for suitability.

Pricing is unknown, but the phone is expected to launch this Spring.

source: Kurio



26. buttrfly3

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

Ok people.....come outta the 50's. Kids need cell phones this day and age. I have three boys; 8, 9 and 15. The Kurio smartphone is too childish for any 15 year old. People are cruel and will make fun of them. My 15 year old has the newest and most up to date smart phone out. Popularity and reputation is important for teens. Now my other two are getting the Kurio smartphone for Christmas. Kids need smartphones! They are not just for adults! It's our job as parents to give up all the stuff that we want bc they are more important. The day you gave birth or became a father was the day you signed up to put your wants and needs after the kids.

23. andynaija

Posts: 1268; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Basically in my opinion kids shouldn't have a smartphone to begin with, just like kaikuheadhunterz said they are for mature people to be productive and ease their lives. What business do kids have that they should want/need a smartphone, maybe a feature phone but a smartphone? Maybe if they were 15+ I can somehow understand, but hey it's all in the control of the parents. (I don't have any children btw)

19. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

It seems like you would get that for your kid that is young and would be using it for their first starter phone. If you get the phone it should be for someone around the age of 6 to 12 so that they can use it just for emergencies instead of a fancy phone that can really get stolen from them. I don't get the point of giving a kid a high brand phone if they are not the one paying for it yet. They get it stolen from them and then the parent has to pay for it. I had my own phone when I was 14 from working and doing chores that I paid for each month. If it was stolen, I would just work enough to get another phone instead.

11. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I will hate to be the kid that will have to carry this phone around. Maybe its just me but its kinda normal around my area seeing kids with iphone or s3, s4. Carrying this phone will just make you seem like the cheapskate who cant afford a major brand phone.

20. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

Yes may look like a cheapskate but you won't get the phone stolen from you though. They might give you the s3 or s4 instead.

22. andynaija

Posts: 1268; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

So I guess looks and brands come before safety?

25. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

For tech I think it does

10. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

This is actually a decent-ish smartphone by itself

7. victory_zhou

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 03, 2013

Got the details

4. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Also that Tablet was extremely sh*tty... i got one for my little brother and it lagged like hell. also he couldn't keep any applications up, all they did was force close :p.

3. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

balderdash any android device can be safe (software-wise) for kids with the right apps to block what needs to be blocked and to filter what has to be filtered. is it waterproof? will the glass not shatter if the kid user drops it? why are they not mentioning anything about radiation levels? have they made sure that the battery won't explode? have they ascertained that the device won't electrocute a child charging it? they're missing on the more important details.

5. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Lol❕.. Good point.

9. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

So the Cat B100 (a rugged feature phone) is arguably better for children?

14. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I've heard that Galaxy Xcover (yuck) and Xcover 2 are popular among kids. Durable, works, cheap. But Xcover 1 has serious problem with batteries, they overheat, and back cover can even bulge. If I had my own kids, I would propably buy them something else. Maybe Asha at beginning.

15. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

1. Every single kid that I see either has an iPhone or Galaxy S3 (or S4 or Note in rare cases) 2. Cheap is definitely not part of that phone's description 3. Yeah, I'd recommend an Asha too

17. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Xcover is relatively cheap and durable. Very popular at least in Finland. But yeah, for it's price, it is crappy phone, but it's popular. We also have GS3s and 4S's as kid phones.

18. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I've anticipated my kids losing, breaking or having their phones stolen. I found the ZTE Radiant on sale over the holidays. Dual core and good enough for them. I attribute the poor viewing angles as a privacy shield. If they want better, I'm happy to let them buy it themselves.

21. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

Excatly my thought on the idea of getting my own kids phones now.

24. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Root access, applock, ad blocker and changing the DNS to family shield servers seems to be working. They're girls, so the smut block is more about pranksters.

2. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

If the kids don't want the obvious then they should be running Windows Phone 8... Lol❕ Just saying.. ;-)

6. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Answer❔... Kids Corner❕

12. hurrycanger

Posts: 1776; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I was gonna say that, but then I realized Kids Corner is meant for letting your kid play with your phone. Can it make the phone safe for kids to use? Like filtering websites and letting them make calls and text messenges?

13. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

And it's basicly only mode/area of phone, so it's not whole phone. It's good idea, but not 100% for this situation.

16. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

The problem is smartphones are not for children to play with. It's a tool for mature people to access content and ease their lives. What children should be playing with are toys or Nintendo 64 as an example

1. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

NSA proof?

8. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Worse. Even your parents has access

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