We know that kids love being online — but we also know that parents have good reason to distrust today’s most popular apps, games, and social platforms. That’s why we made Kinzoo, a creative space for kids to communicate, share, and connect. If you’re new to the zoo, you’ve come to the right place. This guide will outline the basics of creating an account and explain how we’ve built a safe environment for kids.
Kinzoo is available for free from the app store. Easy peasy, right?
Creating a family account
Before kids can join the Kinzoo community, parents need to create their own account — this is a key first step that enables parents to safely monitor their kids’ online activity. As an official member of the kidSAFE Seal Program (Kinzoo is proud to be kidSAFE + COPPA Certified), creating a parent account requires email verification. We use kidSAFE’s VeriCam solution to ensure that every parent profile belongs to adults 18 years or older.
Creating child accounts
In order to create a child account, Kinzoo asks each parent to provide their kids’ name, birth month/year, and gender (optional). We also ask that you create a unique username (e.g. KidKinzoo1) that your kid will love. Or, even better, let them choose their own username — this is what they’ll use to connect with friends on the Kinzoo app. Real names will only be visible to parents when kids are making new friend connections (more on this below).
Once that’s done, you’ll be asked to select permissions and notifications — there are currently 20 unique settings to choose from, all of which can be changed at any time from your parent Control Center. Just remember:
- Permissions require parent approval. For every activity you select, Kinzoo will send push notifications to your device. They’ll also appear in the app’s Approvals tab — a red dot means there are things that need your attention.
- Notifications don’t require parent approval, but they will show up in the Activity feed so you can keep track of what your kids are doing on Kinzoo.
At this point, you probably have some questions. No worries...we’ve got answers!
Why do you need my child’s birth month/year?
It’s all part of making the Kinzoo community a safe space for kids. Users graduate out of the app at age 13, much like they would move from middle school to high school (see our Terms of Service for more details).
What information will others be able to see?
Usernames and avatars will appear publicly on the app, but we’ll only include your child’s first name and last initial (e.g. Olivia S) on their profile. This way, only friends that you approve will see your kid’s name.
How will I know who my kids are connecting with?
If you’ve enabled the relevant permissions and notifications, you will receive a message every time your kid makes a new connection. These messages include real names — e.g. “Sophia would like to connect with Olivia Smith (KidKinzoo2)” — so that parents can easily confirm whether their kids know each other.
There’s a lot to discover in the app — and more coming soon! But here are a couple things to get you and your kids started:
Help your kids find Kinzoo’s welcome video in the Channels tab. This will tell them everything they need to know about how to add friends, how to form groups, and how to create and share videos.
With Kinzoo, it’s easy to monitor your kids’ activity. Explore the Approvals feed and Control Center to update permissions and notifications settings, or to drop in on your kids’ accounts; this read-only view lets you experience Kinzoo like they do and gives you a unique opportunity to understand how kids use the app. If you lose track of whose profile you’re on, check the background color: the parent interface is turquoise and the kid interface is purple. Your kid’s name will also appear at the top of the screen.