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CA$ 17,115
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, January 16 2015 5:00 AM UTC +00:00
Ciboulette IncBy Ciboulette Inc
First created
Ciboulette IncBy Ciboulette Inc
First created
CA$ 17,115
pledged of 100.000 CA$ pledged of 100.000 CA$ goal
194
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, January 16 2015 5:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Kidokey lets you decide when your kids can have Internet access, what sites they can browse and what apps they can use.

Kidokey plugs right into your home router, and creates a second wi-fi network for your kids. No other installation required.

Kidokey works with all devices connected to its wi-fi network, like tablets, phones, laptops and desktops.

We know that you don’t have time to check every site on the Internet so we have done the work for you. Every web site your kids can access has been reviewed by real people from our team, not a computer program. Kidokey comes with 100s of thousands of sites already reviewed by our team and you can also add/remove sites as you wish.

Kidokey is filled with simple yet essential features. For example, you can limit your kids to accessing education sites only when they do their homework!

Plug & Play

Kidokey is a very simple solution to distraction-free, safe Internet content for kids. The Kidokey box plugs right into your existing router and that's it. You just have to change your existing wi-fi password if your kids know it.

Scheduling & Time Management

Kidokey comes pre-set with sensible website controls and time management defaults that you can easily adjust to fit your family’s needs. A simple daily schedule shows what sites can be accessed and when. 

There's 3 possible settings for each time period: access to all authorized sites, just the educational ones (we call it "homework time") or no Internet access.

White List Filtering

At Kidokey, a team of people works behind the scenes to review and categorize every website and app your kids can access. We use a ‘white list’ approach to building the database. ‘White list’ means only approved sites are allowed and everything else is blocked. This is the safest filtering solution.

We also evaluate the educational value of sites – so you can rest assured that when it’s time for homework, there won't be any additional distractions. 

Parental Controls Easy on Parents 

Kidokey is all about simple. The Parent Dashboard is where you control the settings of your Kidokey box. It is a tablet and mobile-friendly website that resides on the cloud, so you can easily override policies in effect from anywhere. For example, approve the use of a web site on your mobile phone from work.

Kid-friendly Search Engine

From their Kidokey home page, your kids can search their own version of the web, see what sites you have recently approved and check out our Staff Picks. 

App & Game Controls

The Kidokey box filters everything on its Wi-Fi network, not just web pages. Using the Parent Dashboard, you can select what apps or games you want to allow access to and when. 

Database Updates

Maintaining such a wide database of kid-friendly sites and apps is a lot of work, but so is taking care of your kids. We strive to keep Kidokey both affordable and accessible. When you purchase the Kidokey box, you also get one year of free database updates (2 years for Kickstarter backers). After that, updates are available on a yearly basis for $25. 

But we don’t want you to pay for database updates! For each friend that you refer and who also purchases a Kidokey box, you’ll receive another full year of free database updates. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Check out the early-bird special rewards. Be one of the first to support the project and you'll get lifetime database updates!

Age-based Access

We rate and categorize websites and apps by age groups. Some sites are classified as great for teenagers but inappropriate for pre-teens or younger ones. To ensure that your kids are accessing age-appropriate content, the Kidokey search engine takes your kid’s age into account when returning search results.

Content in Your Language

Kidokey is multi-lingual. You can easily set the list of languages that you want to be available to your kids. 

All the details on our web site at kidokey.com.

Latest prototype (3D printed -- ignore the rough aspect)
Latest prototype (3D printed -- ignore the rough aspect)

This blue wonder uses the latest wi-fi chips to give your kids the best speed possible. 

Various stages of the box design
Various stages of the box design

I'm a software engineer and entrepreneur. I have two sons, now 15 and 13. 

A few years ago, when they got their own computers, I worked hard to engage the operating system's parental control. It was just two computers to maintain, and it was just bearable. But when they got additional devices (iPods, iPads, etc.) things got messy and I started to look for Wi-Fi routers that had some sort of filtering. I found nothing satisfying. The user experience was terrible at best and updating the list of sites was always a tedious process. So, I modified a Wi-Fi router for them.

Life went on and I quickly realized that I wasn't the only one to encounter these issues. The multiplication of devices was making it harder and harder on parents all around me. My entrepreneurial spirit kicked in (it's not my first company) and I started work full-time on Kidokey with two goals: ease of use (for both parents and kids) and safety.

- Finalize the box firmware.

- Source the power adapter and Ethernet cable.

- Deploy the back-end servers in a scalable way.

- Launch the production of the box and order the electronic boards in volume.

- Design and order the packaging.

- Test, test, test, test.


The funds gathered in the campaign will be used to pay for production costs, order the first batch of electronics and hire a few key people that are already working with us part-time.


 As soon as the KS campaign completes, we'll trigger the volume order of the box shell and its electronics. There's about 4 to 6 weeks of lead time. Meanwhile, we'll commission the extra back-end servers and heavily test the whole thing.


This gives us a planned release in March 2015. 

Christmas special ! If you want to offer Kidokey for Christmas, we'll send you a fancy Gift Certificate to put under the tree!

The production of the box and its assembly will be done here in Canada.

Risks and challenges

Working with seasoned professionals is the best way to achieve the intended results and this is the route we have taken.

Most of the people on the team have more than 15 years of experience in their respective field.

We know that every technical project faces problems along its life-cycle and this is what makes them fun. Our commitment is to be transparent about challenges and delays.

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    Pledge CA$ 5 or more About US$ 4

    EVERY BIT COUNTS Thank You for your support and interest. We'll keep you up to date with the project and we'll put your name in our Wall of Fame page.

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    TATTOOS AND STICKERS FOR YOUR KIDS As a big Thank You from the team, you'll get a little pack of temporary tattoos and stickers for your kids. We'll also put your name in our Wall of Fame page.

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    Pledge CA$ 69 or more About US$ 51

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL • ONE KIDOKEY BOX with LIFETIME DB UPDATES You'll receive one kidokey box and enjoy a lifetime of database updates. Gift certificate available if you wish to offer Kidokey to friends and family. You'll also receive temporary tattoos and stickers for your kids.

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    ONE KIDOKEY BOX You'll receive one kidokey box and enjoy 2 years of database updates (normal retail is 1 year). Gift certificate available if you wish to offer Kidokey to friends and family. You'll also receive temporary tattoos and stickers for your kids.

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    CHRISTMAS SPECIAL • 2 KIDOKEY BOXES (1 for you and 1 for a friend) + GIFT CERTIFICATE Get a Kidokey box for you and one for a friend. We'll also send you a fancy Gift Certificate to put under the tree. This reward includes 2 years of database updates for the both of you (normal retail = 1 year) + temporary tattoos and stickers for your kids.

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    CHRISTMAS SPECIAL • 2 KIDOKEY BOXES (1 for you and 1 for a friend) + GIFT CERTIFICATE + LIFETIME DB UPDATES Get a Kidokey box for you and one for a friend. We'll also send you a fancy Gift Certificate to put under the tree. This reward includes lifetime database updates for the both of you + temporary tattoos and stickers for your kids.

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    1 SPECIAL KIDOKEY BOX + DINNER WITH THE TEAM You'll get a special Kidokey box (customized for you) with lifetime database updates and we'll treat you to a nice dinner at our favourite restaurant in Toronto (does not include travel and accommodation).

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Funding period

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