Protect your children with a controlled gateway in Windows® allowing you to select the applications and time your children can play.
Protect your children with a controlled gateway in Windows® allowing you to select the applications and time your children can play. Read more
About this project
NOTHING LIKE IT
Parents around the globe have been attempting to regulate their children’s access to particular programs on the computer since the 1990’s, but there still currently isn’t a simple solution to this problem...Until now! Unlike previous ‘child lock’ computer programs that require technical knowledge and a completely separate operating system, LockMyKidsOut is a simple to use application that can turn on and off with the click of a button.
Tired of feeling like the ‘mean’ parent for telling your children it’s time to stop playing on the computer? Not only can you take back your peace of mind by allowing the computer to lock your child out after a certain amount of time, but each family can customize which games/programs are accessible by the child. Never be concerned again about the content your child is observing on the computer, and be confident that no files, documents or images can be downloaded or deleted while in ‘Kids Mode’!
HOW IT WORKS
LockMyKidsOut is the world’s only PC application that conveniently allows children to use the computer in ‘Kids Mode’ without needing to install large components. By either customizing the timer settings on the computer or remotely via the Android application, parents can control the length of time their children spend on the computer and can manage the material seen by them. And if the child wants Mommy or Daddy to unlock the computer for more use, incentivized duties can be recommended before allowing access.
LockMyKidsOut will be a subscription based service, allowing parents to monitor their children via monthly or annual memberships. Parents can now take back their freedom with the click of a button, while feeling confident that their child is using the PC to best of their ability.
WHO WE ARE
I’m a father of two children (ages 4 & 5) who created this product out of a need to manage computer time with my children. After extensive research, it was clear that nothing simple existed that could work alongside my current operating system and didn’t require me to completely change the programming of my computer. After implementing LockMyKidsOut for my family’s use and beginning to see the benefits, I soon realized that many other families were looking for similar software. And that’s how LockMyKidsOut was born!
THE FUNDS WE NEED
LockMyKidsOut needs to reach its $20,000 goal in order to proceed with the following…
- Update the main User Interface & Design
- Create a large entertainment library for ages 6 to 16
- Acquire proper certifications to operate smoothly
- Employ Beta Testers before final release
Currently, the prototype has been created and is fully functional but we need make it more visually appealing. We also have a list of over 100 games that need to be purchased and integrated for the LockMyKidsOut application, including HTML5 games that we will pay extra for in order to remove all advertisements.
With the help of responsibly parents globally, we can reach our goal and make computer concerns a worry of the past!
Risks and challenges
The application requires a cloud server to store the list of approved games and the kids passwords etc. If the supplier of cloud service goes down this will effect the application. The simple fix for this would be to move the service to a provider like amazon as the uptime will be more guaranteed.
The Microsoft environment is always changing so the challenge is to ensure the application stays up-to-date with the latest developments, Microsoft has provided resources for developers to produce an application like this… it just has not been created before.
We are using the same method Microsoft uses to let people log in and out of their computers, we have just adapted to the younger market… if Microsoft changes these types of methods we will have to go back to the drawing board on how the application lets the kids login to child mode.
The main challenge we face with this application is the games themselves. PC games can be downloaded from multiple places and run multiple different ways we need to ensure that we provide a whitelist of recommended games for parents from trusted resources like EA Games, CAPCOM, UBISOFT, DISNEY etc – the challenges is…these games do cost money to purchase. The good news is that once you have purchased these types of games and installed them on your PC, no advertising shows up, and the child can play for hours in a Safe environment.
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