PBS KIDS has an amazing collection of shows and apps for children, but since parent control over children’s online activity is a very hot topic (remember that we presented you not so long ago with the WebRover, a similar parent control tool?), more and more such tools are becoming available. The PBS KIDS new Super Vision app allows parents to check the children’s online activity and even put a stop to it without even being in the room.
The app can be easily installed, as parents can enter into their phones a specific code for the PBS KIDS website and see in real time what their children are doing on the website. In this way, parents can track the entire online activity of a child by seeing what shows the kid is watches, what videos he or she accesses, how much time he or she spends online, what games he or she plays and so on. The great thing about the PBS KIDS new Super Vision app is that it also lets parents learn about the purpose of some shows or games. In case the child is accessing some educational games that improve their knowledge or their skills for instance, everything is alright, but if the parent catches a glimpse of a less appropriate game or video, for instance, that parent has the power to shut down the online activity (and by that we mean the whole site altogether) remotely.
Another great feature which is considered a novelty in parent control tools when it comes to Internet activity is that they can set a play time or an entertainment time for the children. After that time is up, the children may be prompted to engage in another activity: it may be homework time or bed time or just lunch, and the app automatically shuts down the online activity, be it video watching or game playing. In comparison to the WebRover, which allows parents to personally hand-pick the sites they consider safe and useful for their children to visit, the PBS KIDS new Super Vision app allows parents to actually be in control of the time spent by their children on the site and make decisions without even being present in the vicinity of the child. Moreover, since the app is token based and works via the parents’ phones, they don’t even have to be on the same network. The app is free and is going to be soon tested by experts curious in how it works. According to Wired, so far,
the monitoring function was really well done, and the remote shut down feature was something truly novel