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Kid Savvy PC Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — Kid Savvy PC

Kid Savvy PC protects kids from computers and computers from kids!
$29.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 79 (27%) 214 (73%) 30 comments

Kid Savvy PC was available as a giveaway on December 12, 2009!

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A music catalog software, which helps to organize and manage your collection.

Kid Savvy PC provides a secure desktop for children to develop computer skills, surf kid-safe websites, and enjoy educational and entertaining activities. It comes pre-loaded with many web links and activities, and requires minimal computer knowledge to set up. Your PC will remain safe from inadvertently deleted files, and your children will remain safe from inappropriate internet content. Kid Savvy PC also allows children to run other installed children's software and games.

It runs like any other program on your computer, except it safeguards important system files from access. It blocks access to the normal Windows desktop and start-menu while providing access to only certain programs and websites that the parent has pre-approved.

Kid Savvy PC also allows access to selected installed games. Many parents find the timer feature quite handy for limiting their children's computer time.

System Requirements:

Windows 7, Vista, and XP

Publisher:

Resolutions Realized

Homepage:

http://www.kidsavvypc.com/landing.html

File Size:

15.4 MB

Price:

$29.95

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Posted an update that fixes all filtering errors and adds some features.

In the "updates" tab, click on "Check for Updates" to get the newest version.

Reply   |   Comment by ResolutionsRealizedLLC  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I've a laptop with 3 user accounts. Is this software customizable to the userid, or the computer? Others (adults) use the computer for many different things, including occassional work. They cannot be limited in any way. whereas the child needs to be limited when they log on with their account. It would be a PitA for the adult to have to change things each time before or after the child logs on.

Reply   |   Comment by den  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installed fine on Xp pro - SP3. Runs with no problems.

Comes with a good selection of 'games' for my younger kids(4 and 9). However, its not something i would pay for.

The best free alternative is good old fashion parenting.

Reply   |   Comment by Napalm  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I completely agree with you. My daughter is a great kid but she is only 6. At this point, it is a matter of her not seeing things that she is not ready to see. I monitor her usage and she is only allowed on the computer a few times a week. However, it only takes a few minutes for them to accidentally get on a page they do not belong. When she was only 3 I walked out of the room for 5 minutes and by the time I got back in the room she had opened RealOne, downloaded a game, installed it and was playing it! I don't think today's giveaway is designed for a 13 year old but more for the younger children.

Reply   |   Comment by Raviendha  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I am the developer for this software. I have taken in you feedback and truly appreciate it.

I will be correcting the noted web filtering bug and including two new features; option to make the time limit default for every time the program runs and the ability to add access to external programs that are not in the start menu.

When finalized, this will be posted as a new update and will be available for everyone who has purchased the software and those who received a free copy from this site.

Again, I really appreciate your feedback and will be making this software better as a result.

Thank you,
Garrett
Resolutions Realized, LLC

Reply   |   Comment by ResolutionsRealizedLLC  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

As mentioned this is mainly for younger children. It does a good job for them. As fubar mentioned Vista and Windows 7 have built in parental controls.

Welcome back fubar.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

As a follow up to my previous post I would like to add a comment. I am the father of a 13 year old son. I know he is interested in certain subjects like all kids are. However, I feel that my wife and I have instilled the proper values in our son that he knows what is right and what is wrong. That is your choice as a parent.... teach your children or leave it up to a censor.

Reply   |   Comment by gpc111  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

I tried this and it is just OK for me. I like KidZui much better.

KidZui: There is a FireFox add on (not sure about IE) that works directly in your browser. Basically, she clicks on the little "K" next to the address bar and it opens up a child's browser.

There is a free version and a paid subscription as well. My 6 year old has been playing with KidZui (on and off) for over a year and we've never needed to upgrade to the paid version.

One thing to note: it is very easy for her to exit out of the browser if she wants. But, there is SO much in KidZui she has never needed/wanted to. Includes sites such as Disney, Nick, etc. Very customizable. You can add your own sites as well as block sites. (But, I've never seen any in KidZui that I think needs blocking.)

Reply   |   Comment by Raviendha  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks to HappyPerson and Fubar for alternatives. I can't imagine trying to put something like this on my teen's laptops (since they help me fix mine :)), but it looks great for my just-starting-to-use-the-internet 8 and 10yo girls. I need something that will keep them from killing their laptops and keep them from stumbling somewhere unsafe. They only use the internet when the older boys are around, so I'm not really worried about safety, just keeping them innocent a little longer. :)

Reply   |   Comment by kathy  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Programs like these are not designed for children over a certain age that have learned more about computers than their parents. They are designed for younger children that get click-crazy and inadvertantly delete files.

There is a free "browser" that has many games, videos and activities built into it called ZAC Browser (Zone for Autistic Children) that is pretty awesome. http://www.zacbrowser.com/

It runs in full screen mode so the desktop is hidden.
It doesn't protect your files, but it offers plenty of fun for your children so that they may be too pre-occupied that they don't go wandering through your system files.

Reply   |   Comment by Danny  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Thanks to a Happy Person a father and his kids enjoys many great sites ment for kids but appreciated by others as well. Kids Savvy PC has some nice options as well. Installed smooth on XP 3. GAOTD please continue your great and much appreciated offers.

Reply   |   Comment by Cat Capra  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Although it doesn't protect the computer files themselves, the free membership at Glubble.com let me set up a family membership that restricts the browser on my 4 year old grandson's computer. It gives him a personal desktop of websites (a plugin for the Firefox browser) to which I can add and remove websites from my own computer on our home network. So when he opens the browser he can only choose the safe sites I have added for him. So far he hasn't been interested in opening the computer files, but of course I have all the file security for system files that is provided by Vista.

Reply   |   Comment by Diana Ward  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

I haven't downloaded this since my son is 16 and I don't let him use my laptop. I had an older program on win98 like this when my son was younger. More programs like this are needed for older kids.
But for the company, you are missing a couple niches with this. From what I see it is good for younger kids, you need to develop a program like this for older kids. But in protecting the system , there should be a program like this for older people and technically challenged people so they can use their system to the fullest without worrying about doing something wrong. Case in point: My father is 80 and still an active boxing promoter. I have talked to him for decades about using computers but he is somewhatr of a technophobe, heck, he can't change a ttire or figure out how to use the trash compactor that has one lever to lock and ONE button! about a year ago he gave in and got a computer, not only can't he use it well, he has crashed it a couple times. My old Packard Bell win 98 had several options. There was a built in Kids desktop, then for windows you could download the whole thing complete with all the programs, you could set up Just windows, and there was a setting I called windows for dummies...and on this there was no way of messing up your own system. Think beyond just little kids! Your product could be remade for different groups and ages.

Reply   |   Comment by Lantz  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

As to the web content filtering, I would strongly recommend OpenDNS for anyone as a free and effective way of blocking unwanted content on the Internet.

You can use their DNS servers without signing up, and it will filter malicious sites more effectively than most ISPs. If you sign up for a free account, however, you can add more filters, such as adult content, social networking, etc. as you see fit. They also provide Win/Mac users with client-side software to keep dynamic IP addresses current so the filters stay in place effectively. I've used this for my kids' computers for years and they've never gotten spyware from a rogue website, which I credit to OpenDNS.

You can use it with or without today's software, but I wouldn't call this an alternative to it, rather an additional measure along the same vein.

Reply   |   Comment by awfullyquiet  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Interesting software today. It's probably the first parental control program I've ever seen on GOTD. Anyways, about the program: Interface is average, although design is not too intuitive, but it'll do. But it goes all downhill from there. The websites all load extremely slow, the "Virtual desktop" barely functions (no point to it, and the restore button does nothing). The games are pretty lame (the index page for them is even more lame). The worst thing about this program is that it kills Windows Explorer instead of hiding it, which brings up complications such as missing icons in the tray area, and unable to minimize windows from the taskbar.

This program needs a lot of work before it can be a really good parental control system. It seems they did more work on their website (pointless Flash animations) than they actually did on the program itself.

BTW, there's an update available. Just enter admin mode and go into the updates tab. It'll work with the current reg key.

Reply   |   Comment by GMMan  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

@ number 2:
If you are running windows, and you still have your instillation disk, you shouldn't need to pay to have it reinstalled.

Reply   |   Comment by Billy  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Ashraf, K9 is specifically designed to control web browsing. This giveaway program today is for kids to be able to safely use a PC without the parent worrying about files being deleted. The web content blocker seems to be just an add on and is not the primary purpose of this application.

Way to miss the point on this one ;)

PS: you have been very nit picky lately in your "The Bad" column....

Reply   |   Comment by David  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

If filtering is all you want then use open dns at the router level www.opendns.org

Reply   |   Comment by Tardisious  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#2 Have you not heard of system restore from the command promt? You could have restored your system to a date before the kids messed it up and saved alot of money!

Reply   |   Comment by Jason  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)

downloaded and installed fine on win 7 32bit works good no probs but the limitations that Ashraf mentioned but all in all great program

Reply   |   Comment by Keymaster  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

why when i type a password when it run first, and type it again to enter config, it told me that the password is incorrect? p.s. i reinstall the program may times and face the same situtation. i've try the password like alpha, 123456, apple, giveawayoftheday and does't work.

Reply   |   Comment by c933103  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

On my XP sp3 this program crashes the pc.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert P  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

There's a little trick, where you use Google's translate function English to English, and then can bypass many blocked site contents. It sort of works as a proxy, where as google is allowed, so the whole translated page is allowed, thus allowing content you would otherwise forbid.

Does this program block that?

Overall, I have found that just setting up a guest account, and then setting up Internet Explorer to block sites you don't want kids to get to, is usually the best method. You can then password protect IE's settings too.

You can also add IP's and url's to the host file (on your computer), which will allow you to block certain sites.

A good addon (for FireFox) is to have NoScript on, which blocks scripts on sites, so that kids can't get on sites which have viruses/trojans which could also wipe out your system.

Last make sure you are using a antivirus, such as Avast!, which will prevent the downloading of files which have trojans and viruses in them.

It's also a very good idea to make backups of your drivers periodically, so that you can restore the system more easily, should something happen. There are programs which will do that for you, I think there was one a few weeks ago here, as well as some free alternatives out there.

Reply   |   Comment by Spitt  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Why is blocking editing of certain files such as C:\Windows amazing? Even with Windows' horrible sercuity/file control system it's not that hard to password-protect or make it property of an admin - i.e. normal user account cannot edit it. If you password the admin acount and give other people another account that folder is read-only or inaccesable.

Reply   |   Comment by Lemeza  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Vista and Windows 7 have Parental Controls. Windows SteadyState is available for XP and Vista, numerous configuration options. Guest Mode is available in Windows 7, but lacks configuration options. Internet Explorer also has Content Advisor.

FYI: AnVir has an end-of-year sale. Microsoft SyncToy 2.1 is available.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

Full marks for trying but unfortunately todays kids know enough to get around theses programs. Plus, the internet itself just isn't designed to be censored so none of these softwares will be effective.
This company shouldn't be disturbed by the negative comments but continue developing such programs because they are badly needed. I don't think they will ever fully succeed but perhaps they can get a little better than this offering.

Reply   |   Comment by Petersum  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

I don't have kids - but want to share 3 free options for your benefit:

Freeware Options:

1. KidRocket KidSafe Web Browser

2. SeeMore's Safety Browser

3. Kids Web Menu Browser for Children

Reply   |   Comment by HappyPerson  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

K9 Web Protection does not protect the PC from file changes or restrict access to certain programs only.
So K9 Web Protection is not a free alternative at all.

Reply   |   Comment by dave  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

I paid for this a few weeks ago on the company's site.
I am a huge fan since I can let my little ones play on the computer without them deleting the operating system. I paid $200 last month to have it reinstalled because of them. So far they havent messed anything up :)

Reply   |   Comment by Momby1977  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

The Good
* Little to no setup required - just run it and let your kid on.
* Has ability to block web content and provide a "suggested" list of websites.
* Blocks all programs except the ones the user specifically gives permission to access.
* Can (optionally) block Alt + Ctrl + Del.
* Comes with 17 games for the kids to play.
* Gives users the ability to limit the amount of time kids can be on.
* Program is password protected so kids can't tamper with it.

The Bad
* Does not properly block web content.
* Does not allow blocking of web content based on type of content.
* When adding programs to the "allowed programs" list, users can only select from the programs listed in the Start Menu.
* No ability to add more than the 17 activities/games that come preconfigured with the program by default.
* No ability to recurrently limit the computer usage time.
* Scrolling right/left in the suggested website list is a little bit funky.

Free Alternatives
K9 Web Protection

For final verdict, recommendations, and full review please click here.

Reply   |   Comment by Ashraf  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+43)
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