Other than doing things like disabling Wi-Fi, there don't seem to be too many ways to restrict content on the Kindle Fire, but we have found one app that should be very useful. Below, Kid Mode will allow you to hand your Fire over to kids without also handing over your peace of mind. Although it's certainly the parent's responsibility to monitor what children are doing, it's also each parent's decision about what to allow their child to do.
We'll be sure to pass along any more information we come across on the parental front, but here you'll find some free and cheap apps that are appropriate for very young kids!
Name: Kid Mode: Play + Learn
Rating: 4.0 stars over 22 reviews
Description: Delight your kids with the Kid Mode Play + Learn app. This app protects your phone by locking the Home button while engaging children ages eight and younger with fun, educational kids games and videos. Also, it's the winner of the Teacher's Choice Award, National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval, and an approval by the Better Business Bureau.
Analysis: Described by reviewers as a must for anyone thinking about handing over their tablet to young children, this app works as a safe and easy way to implement parental controls. It allows you to block certain games, lock the home button, and has some games of its own.
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Name: Happi Reads - A Learn to Read Game
Rating: 5.0 stars over 1 review
Description: Happi Reads helps to develop your child's early reading skills in an engaging and rewarding way. The app presents a word and three pictures. Children sound out or read each word and match it to the correct picture. Every correct answer earns a fruit reward to eat in a fun way once the level is complete. Difficulty of words increases with each level. There are currently 3 levels and 80 words.
Analysis: A very popular app that helps little ones sound out and pronounce words. The graphics appear to be nice as well.
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Name: Thomas Game Pack
Rating: 3.5 stars over 20 reviews
Description: All aboard! Embark on the newest adventure on the Island of Sodor with three new games featuring Thomas and his friends. Start your little engineer on the right track with matching games, puzzles, and mazes. This app is guaranteed to captivate and entertain your little one for hours.
Analysis: One of the most recognizable characters for kids, Thomas chugs into the app world with this app, featuring three different games and some beloved characters. Reviewers say that this is a very good app for younger children.
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