With so many potential dangers, it can be difficult for parents to let their kids go online. That’s why we decided to take the guesswork out of it. From user accounts and passwords to privacy settings and notifications, we’ve built the Kinzoo app with safety and transparency in mind — less worry for parents, means more playtime for kids. Read on to learn about the subtle things we do to ensure kids have a safe space to be creative online.

1. Private (and secure!) user accounts

After downloading Kinzoo from the app store, parents will be prompted to create a family account. And once that’s done, you can make an account for each of your kids. Child profiles only require a name, month/year of birth, and gender (optional) — we don’t need any personal information beyond that, and we promise it won’t be shared publicly.

2. Safe friend connections

We know that many kids will want to grow their friends lists as quickly as possible, but letting them connect instantly with anyone isn’t our main goal. That’s why we ask each user to create a fun username; this protects identities and ensures kids aren’t easily discovered by people they don’t know. Kinzoo users can only find each other in the app by searching for a username (they need to know the first three letters, at least) — in other words, they won’t be able to search for or add every “Jennifer” in the system.

3. Parental permissions

Kinzoo lets parents control how much freedom their kids have on the app. Toggling our unique permissions to “on” means you’ll be required to approve each of these activities before your kid can take action. If you’re confident that your kids will make smart choices about these tasks, you can turn the permissions off at any time from the app’s Control Center.

There are currently 5 permissions to choose from:

  • Inviting a New Friend
  • Accepting a New Friend Request
  • Following a New Channel
  • Creating a New Group
  • Accepting a Group Request

4. Parental notifications

You might not want to approve every single one of your kids’ activities—and you don’t have to! Notifications can be used to help you keep an eye on what your kids are doing, without holding them back. Like permissions, you can turn these on or off at any time from the app’s Control Center.

There are 15 notifications to choose from:

  • Inviting a New Friend
  • Inviting a New Friend Accepted
  • Accepting a New Friend Request
  • Accepting a Group Invitation
  • Removing a Friend
  • Creating a Group
  • Removing a Group
  • Leaving a Group
  • Receiving a Video
  • Sending a Video
  • Adding a Comment
  • Leaving a Video Reply
  • Following a New Channel
  • Adding a Keeper
  • Receiving a Comment or Video Reply (coming soon)

5. Content review and approval

One of the best things about our commitment to safety is the stuff parents (and kids) don’t see. Unlike YouTube, which is constantly battling inappropriate content, Kinzoo reviews and approves all partner videos before they appear in the app’s Channels feed. Combine that with a feature that allows children to only see videos posted by their verified friends, and the risk of your kid seeing something inappropriate is minimal.

Use account drop-in feature to discreetly monitor your child's activity

6. Account drop-in

To balance your kids’ need for independence with your own need to protect them, Kinzoo developed an innovative, read-only “drop in” feature that lets parents discreetly explore their child’s account and activity (including comments). Kids won’t know when you check in, so there’s no risk of you looking like a helicopter parent.

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