April 23, 2015 in Social Networking (E)
[prMac.com] Bangalore, India - The Roo Kids instant messaging app, a product of Gungroo Software has announced the full release of its app, making it easier for parents to rest easy about the safety of their kids. Created with a vision to be a safe and easy to use 'Whatsapp for Kids', it has been well received in the USA, UK and Australia, with a substantial number of downloads originating from these countries. The full release of Roo Kids sees it launch on the Android platform and major updates for iPad and iPhone users.
For parents of young kids, the fact that the Internet is a mixed blessing is old news. That there is easy to use technology to keep kids safe while allowing them to explore and learn online is the good news. Roo Kids has been conceptualized to address 2 critical concerns of parents when their kids are online - firstly, that of the kids talking to strangers and unknowingly making themselves vulnerable, and secondly, kids getting constantly distracted and this impacting their studies and health. The makers of Roo Kids claim that these objectives are achieved with minimum yet critical controls, thus making the app attractive to kids and parents alike.
Elaborating on the thought process behind the changes in the new release, Dinker Charak, founder of Gungroo Software said, "In the new release, we have tried to address all the concerns of parents regarding the online safety of their kids. The other thing is, even though we launched Roo Kids after considerable market research, our 'Aha' moment came when we realized that it is the tablet that the family shares. Thus Roo Kids is highly optimized for iPad, and the new release supports iPhones and Android devices as well."
From a safety viewpoint, this app seems to have covered all bases. Designed to broadly comply with the US FTC's Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Roo Kids comes with safety features like SSL, zero ads on the app, and immediate notifications to parents if the kid reports a user as abusive, thus minimizing chances of online bullying.
On the other hand, parents get to own and review the contact list, blocking suspicious persons and strangers. Parents can also set curfew hours to block the app from working, to make sure the kids have a healthy schedule of activities online and offline.
This does not mean the app is all about parents and safety. It's apparent that the creators of Roo Kids understand that only a truly engaging app can keep the kids from trying other, potentially unsafe apps. They have given a lot of attention to making the app and its UI easy to use and attractive for kids, which includes allowing kids to keep their conversations private. A recent Common Sense Media (leading independent non-profit organization dedicated to empowering kids to thrive in a world of media and technology) review gave Roo Kids 4/5 for Ease of Use and Privacy & Settings. All in all, this app seems to be a win-win for everyone involved. Gungroo Software, the makers of Roo Kids, are now seeking funds to take the initiative to the next level, including a full COPPA compliance and certification for Roo Kids.
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 6.0 or later
* 36.3 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Roo Kids 2.1.7 is Free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Social Networking category. There is also an Android version available on Google Play. The app offers in-app purchases of themes and stickers (for parents only).
Gungroo Software builds safe "fun + learn" products for kids. Gungroo is a Bangalore based angel-funded company, helmed by Dinker Charak. Dinker brings in diverse experience from working in strategically important roles in Komli, Jivox, Wind River and Fermilab. One of his personal career highs is having been able to contribute to LHC at CERN. Gungroo software is currently at a critical growth stage that's ideal for venture funding. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2015 Gungroo Software. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.