Sesame Street != muppets
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Agreed, I have lost count of the amount of time my kids have come to me complaining that an app has stopped working because they have accidentally (allegedly lol) clicked on the flashing advert and been taken to a download page.
I have no problems with adverts on apps, but if the app is designed for kids then they should be removed without me having to pay as the ad revenue can be picked up from multiple sources.
Either that or I should just stop being a tight arse and buy the damn thing lol
...or a separate section within existing app stores, under the idea that children of the age that this set of guidelines targets should not be downloading things by themselves.
I read through the guidelines. They seem to be well thought out; probably the result of - dare I say it? - testing with actual kids. What a refreshing approach! If only MS (and other software producers) would crib some notes and do some user acceptance testing before inflicting the next unusable mess on their customers.
Totally agree, there is a big gap in a lot of systems for this. YouTube is a prime example, I'd like to leave my son to watch various kids programs that are available on YouTube, but because I don't have any options to lock out the rest of the non kid content I need to sit there and watch everything he does or switch off WiFi and tell him the batteries run out (because at that point I don't have the time to watch the same Pink Panther or Agent Oso episode 10 times back to back).
"but because I don't have any options to lock out the rest of the non kid content I need to sit there and watch everything he does or switch off WiFi and tell him the batteries run out (because at that point I don't have the time to watch the same Pink Panther or Agent Oso episode 10 times back to back)"
On the other hand: My Little Pony!!! and it's my daughter who suggests it! :D win-win
There are android tablets that do just what people are asking for and only offer a kids store for music/videos/apps/opt-in web-browsing in kids mode and full android in momma/poppa mode. Complete with e-allowance, chore rewards, etc. (God, I sound like an advertisement, will see how well it really works next week)
I hadn't thought that I would ever let an android system darken my door, but I'll do anything for my daughter (it seems :)