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    Thumbs up Canadian-made app makes phones, tablets kid-proof


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    Interesting Drew.

    I'm not sure what the "Canadian-made" bit is about: Does that make it any different to a American made app, or a Chinese, or Indian, or Russian?....but seriously though, the article sparks a few IT-related thoughts.

    For Windows Phone 8, this may well be a very useful addition, but the article specifically mentions tablets too. That implies tablets running Windows 8 Pro - And so to the IT related thoughts....a program that embeds itself that deeply into the OS may be seen by some as Spyware and could trigger AV / AM issues. Also, since it is a Windows 8 based platform, unless the device is controlled by group policy (which clearly it can't be for a day to day residential grade device) I wonder how they are implementing such tight controls? I know from experience there are parental control apps and on-board proxies for Windows already and these can cause all number of technical issues.

    In any case all these things will be seen as a challenge to the IT savvy child on a Windows device that can be attacked and compromised pretty easily....think: crack the admin password, followed by removal of the software, change of msconfig parameters, edit of the registry, or in Win8, a PC Refresh.


    That's not to say that it's not a worthwhile application, but it does raise real questions when implemented on a Windows-based platform that is not locked down.
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    The Canadian connection, (& no point of origin not critical, was the article title) is that a couple of fellows from Toronto created the 1st of these utilities. It is not only for use w/ Windows devices. Was, already, being used in Android.

    Due to kids being so tuned in to internet use & owning fancy phones at a young age, this sort of safeguards and ability to communicate (w/ parents) and for parents to be aware of use & location... especially w/ all the misuse of the Net & criminal stuff towards kids these days... something like this has value, certainly, in todays society & culture.

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    Re-reading the article, it now becomes clear that in fact it is describing the Android App KytePhone, prefacing it with Microsoft's introduction of the Kids Corner feature on Windows Phone 8 and noting the similarity.

    The Android app KytePhone is not available for Windows devices and Kids Corner is only available for Windows Phone 8, not currently available on Windows 8.

    So the article is just a little bit misleading with it's discussion of Kids Corner in the preface, but detail discussion of KytePhone in the body.

    Nonetheless, parental control features are worthwhile, if sometimes oversold when improved parenting skills could be better promoted. I have 3 daughters: two teenagers and a pre-teen and have never felt the need for an app such as KytePhone on their devices.
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    But, such controls will appeal to many parents and are, indeed, an asset in our modern times. I do agree about good parenting skills being paramount. Integrating available technologies into that is a welcome reality for some.

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