Kid’s Online Games & Books Links

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Keep Kids Safe Online:

  • Firefox / Flock add-ons for Families – keep kids safe by quickly adding these add-ons to either Firefox or Flock browsers.
  • BeNetSafe – BeNetSafe automatically monitors your child’s online activities including social networking sites like MySpace, Xanga and Friendster then reports any potentially dangerous or reckless behavior back to you.
  • KidZui – either works as a Firefox / Flock browser add-on or as a stand alone browser. KidZui is a Firefox add-on that with one click turns Firefox into a kid-safe environment with over a million kid-friendly websites, games, pictures, and YouTube videos. Real parents and teachers review content for KidZui so your kids can surf independently. Kids build avatars to express themselves online. They earn points for exploration and discovery. They can tag content and share it with parent-approved friends. When locked down, KidZui prevents kids from closing the browser, downloading files, or opening other applications. It appears the browser has been discontinued but a versions can still be found for download.
  • FoxFilter – Simple and effective! FoxFilter is a personal content filter that helps block inappropriate content as well as block access to user-specified content and Web sites.
  • Glubble for Families (link removed for now as unreachable but try alternative here) –  Glubble evolves Firefox from a personal activity into a fun and safe experience for families. This free add-on turns Firefox into a family browser. As a parent you create your own private Family Page where you can send messages to your children, add grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, upload photos, monitor and support your children’s online activities as well as organize your busy family life. Your children can explore, play and enjoy thousands of fun games, color pages, interactive exercises, audio books and puzzles – all easily pre-approved by you.
  • KidRocket.Org – stand alone safe browser for kids to use. Alternative download here.
  • SafeKids – Guide to keeping kids safe on the Internet
  • How to Protect Your Children on Their Smartphone – an excellent and easy-to-read infographic guide to mobile phones, which children mostly use to access the Internet.
  • eSafety Guide – a parents guide to Internet safety
  • Cyberbullying – identifying and guarding against it
  • WiredSafety – the world’s largest online safety and help group
  • Vodacom phones – Parents can bar their children from accessing adult content by dialling *111*123# from the phone they want to block.  To block an MTN handset, dial *101# from the handset you would like to restrict content on and follow the easy-to-use menu prompts.
  • Mobile Nanny – What does your child or employee do on their mobile? Are you worried they are abusing their phone privileges? Mobile Nanny allows you to monitor actions and filter out those you don’t want. You can even create a schedule for allowed usage.
  • KidSafe Mobile – an Android phone app that helps you protect your child from predators, bullies, and “sexting”. Kids send 1,000’s of texts and access social sites from their phones. Unsupervised, this opens the door to risks and youthful indiscretions being sent by phone or posted online – where they can stay forever.
  • Zoodles – Zoodles puts all your devices into Kid Mode.  Zoodles works on a lot of devices, including Windows PCs (Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7), Macs, Android devices, iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads.
  • Kid Safe – LinkExtend  – if you are worried about the websites that your children could accidentally visit while browsing, then you may want to have a look at the Kid Safe – LinkExtend extension for Google Chrome.
  • OpenDNS – instead of using your ISP’s DNS (Domain Name Server that translates the words you type in the browser into an IP address that the computer can find on the Internet) make use of free OpenDNS service. You just change the DNS settings in your ADSL or other router to point to OpenDNS. OpenDNS allows you to monitor what sites are visited from your computer or LAN, set parental guidance, etc. See the site for more details and how to set it up. It can be as quick as two minutes to set up. Now they have launched FamilyShield: What does FamilyShield block?
    • Adult websites that are unsuitable for kids
    • Proxy and anonymizer sites commonly used by savvy kids to bypass traditional Web filters
    • Phishing sites that aim to trick you into handing over personal or financial information
    • Some virus-spreading malware websites

Kids Friendly Operatiing Systems (instead of Microsoft Windows):

  • Qimo 4 Kids – Qimo is a desktop operating system designed for kids. Based on the open source Ubuntu Linux desktop, Qimo comes pre-installed with educational games for children aged 3 and up. Qimo’s interface has been designed to be intuitive and easy to use, providing large icons for all installed games, so that even the youngest users have no trouble selecting the activity they want.
  • More Linux Distros for kids

Other Sites:

  • KidzPage with puzzles etc.
  • Moshi Monsters – Visitors to the site can adopt their very own pet Monster, give it a name and design its color scheme. Each Monster has a lively personality that develops the more it is played with.
  • Runescape – online adventure game
  • SA Child – their comprehensive online directory provides parents, grandparents, and foster parents – anyone involved in nurturing a child – with a targeted online resource for goods and services to include a broad range of information including parenting resources, community events and even an online “Classifieds Section”.
  • Cape Town Kids – website with lots of things to do with kids in Cape Town.
  • AGame – masses of quality online games and one of my daughter’s favourite sites.
  • Kids Games.
  • Paper Toys – custom paper models and paper cut-outs.
  • Art Attacks – arts and crafts idea online.
  • This is Sand – is a website for play. It changes the pixels on the screen into digital sand that can be used as building material for cosmic landscapes, Clemens-style sand paintings, mandalas and so on. Click on screen to drop sand, and on the box to see options.
  • Battleships (alternative link).
  • Makingfriends.com – cool crafts for kewl kids (note McAfee warns against some spam mail from site after giving your e-mail address).
  • Nieh’s Kids Pages – online java games.
  • Fun Brain – including games for the very young.
  • Tux Racer – racing penguin for Windows and Linux.
  • Lego – some games and interactive stories.
  • Disney Online – games.
  • Cartoon Network games.
  • Angelina Ballerina
  • Barbie Homepage
  • Thomas & Friends
  • Sesame Street
  • Noggins – Games and more.
  • Fireman Sam
  • Barney Online
  • Bob the Builder
  • Fisher-Price – online games and activities.
  • Magic Key Story Books Online – interactive with animation.
  • ABC TOON CENTER: Original, interactive games stories & fun for ages 3 and up
  • BBC – CBeebies – Storytime and other activities (will read it to child).
  • Bedtime Stories – nice illustrations and you can download for future use.
  • Memetales – online reading, crafts, etc.
  • Kids Corner – Beatrix Potter and other stories – Illustrated as well as audio.
  • Virtual Church – Stories from The Bible.
  • Rosetta Project – the largest collection of illustrated antique children’s books on line (there is even one in Afrikaans and Maori). They are looking for volunteers to take the translations forward.
  • LibriVox –  LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Our goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. We are a totally volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project.

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