Our smartphones are gateways to a world of unlimited experiences. However, since there are no limits, parents should be careful to protect their children from potentially harmful content and should prevent them from accessing important files. These are just a few of the concerns that tend to prevent parents from allowing their children to use smart devices.
If you are a parent who needs a “fence” that allows children to access the unlimited digital world in a safe way, Samsung Kids might be just what you have been looking for. Samsung Kids is a home launcher designed especially for kids that keeps them from being exposed to outside services and fills their smartphones with family-friendly apps that entertain and encourage them to learn. Read on to find out how Samsung Kids’ latest update with One UI 4 adds even more security and variety to the features families rely on every day.
How Samsung Kids Evolved to Provide More Convenience and Fun
The platform we now know as Samsung Kids was originally introduced in 2014 as Kids Mode. Created to allow children to use smartphones safely, Kids Mode included settings that allowed parents to ensure that their children only had access to applications provided by the Kids Mode service, as well as all the others that the parents had authorized. It also gave kids their first glimpse of the Galaxy ecosystem with a design that catered to their preferences and featured unique and likable characters.
Since then, Kids Mode has continued to evolve. A diverse collection of content has been added for each age group and category to ensure children continue to have fun and learn with their smartphones.
When Kids Mode finally became Samsung Kids, it became even more convenient and offered a wider variety of content. Now users can activate Samsung Kids with just one tap in the quick panel – no downloads required. They can also instantly turn the feature on or off when unlocking their phone. There is no need to configure a dedicated password and the feature provides a detailed view of usage patterns. Samsung has also enriched the service with more types of content through collaboration with partner companies. You can read more about these and other improvements that give kids a richer smartphone experience and take the stress out of choosing content for your child in the video below.
Updating keys : Adjust background colors and apps based on age groups
Samsung Kids is primarily intended for children aged three to eight. Now with the update there are options to change the background color and the apps displayed on the screen so that more age groups can use the service. To better meet their child’s needs, parents can remove default apps and fill the Home screen with content from the Recommended Content page and the apps they’ve downloaded and authorized.
Useful default apps for young children include Bobby’s Canvas (a drawing app), My Magic Voice (a voice modifier), and Lisa’s Music Band (a music app). Parents also have the option to hide certain apps and content if they wish.
Children eight and older may benefit more from slightly more engaging content. Examples include apps such as Crocro’s Adventure, which lets kids practice logical thinking through block coding, My Browser, which has news articles in English, and Pettson’s Inventions, which is listed in Partner Apps. Users also have the option to change the background color to suit their preferences. Plus, at the start of next year, kids who use the Home Launcher will be able to decorate their homescreen with their own designs.
Updating keys : Stricter parental controls to monitor activity and set weekly goals
Every parent wants to know which apps their kids use the most and what types of apps they prefer. Samsung Kids’ updated parental controls feature not only provides detailed information about children’s mobile activities for the day, but also for the past month. The apps are listed by frequency of use, making it easy to monitor screen time for each one.
Healthy smartphone usage habits are created when goals are set and met. Having a record of your child’s smartphone activity is useful for setting weekly usage goals. Depending on their circumstances, users can set the same screen time goal to track every day, or they can also set different goals for each day of the week.
Updating keys : Recommended content page now includes AR features and partner apps
Samsung Kids not only offers features for basic activities like taking photos and drawing, but also includes a wide range of content developed in collaboration with partners. If you swipe right on the home screen, you will find various new apps that cater to children’s preferences, which can easily be dragged and added to the home screen.
Applications using AR (Augmented Reality) are also introduced with the update. For example, My AR Theater and My Art Studio allow children to create their own special stories with Crocro and his friends in augmented reality. They can record their stories as videos, take photos, and decorate them with AR stickers made from their own designs. These features allow children to let their imaginations run wild and develop their creativity. Kids can also enjoy a wide variety of fun activities with partner apps like LEGO DUPLO World, Disney Coloring and the latest apps from Toca Boca.
Key Update ④: Promoting healthy mobile habits by providing information to children on how to use their smartphones
Samsung Kids continues to evolve to make it easier for younger users to enjoy more fun and educational content. Starting with One UI 4, Crocro’s Little Friends will welcome children to the welcome board, and their greetings and interactions will differ depending on the situation and as more character actions are added.1 The new Partner Content App Map, on the other hand, groups recommended apps by category, making it easier for users to find apps they might like.
Cards designed to help users monitor their activity and screen time have also been added. This was done on the assumption that children, like their parents, would also be curious about their smartphone activity. Now kids can monitor their activities and screen time with their parents, or set up their own smartphone usage plan to further develop their independence.
Updating keys : Introducing new, even friendlier “boyfriends”
With the update, Crocro and his “Little Friends” – the charming and unique group of characters from Samsung Kids – have become even friendlier and now include characters from land and sea. You can meet all six characters in the video below, including new additions like Leo the Seal, who enjoys collecting items in the ocean, and Finn the Clever Dolphin.
With limited opportunities to enjoy the outdoors these days, kids are using mobile devices more frequently. In light of this trend, it has become even more important for children to develop good mobile habits and use fun and educational content. In the future, Samsung plans to make Samsung Kids even more enjoyable and a more secure “fence” for the digital world that includes both parents and children.
“We want Samsung Kids to be a partner as well as a friend for children and their parents. We will put more effort into making sure that users see Crocro and his boyfriends more often, ”said Jong-in Lee, PO (Project Owner) of Samsung Electronics Department in Samsung Electronics’ mobile communications business. .
1 The functions of the Welcome Board may differ depending on the version of the operating system.