Phoenix, Arizona – Seventy percent of parents who own an iPad let their children use the device, and 40 percent said their kids played on the iPad at least once a day, according to a recent survey conducted by ORC International for PBS*. Another study from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop** indicates that by age 8, more than two thirds of kids use the Internet on any given weekday. But combining the immersive appeal of the iPad with unlimited access to the Internet raises the question of how parents can protect kids from violent, mature or otherwise inappropriate content.
SurfBalance(TM) provides the solution with mobile safe browser app with advanced parental controls. The app, available on the iTunes App Store lets parents guide, limit and verify their kids’ web use. The app provides a catalog, which parents can modify, of more than 1,000 kid-friendly websites that have been individually vetted by consumers. Parents can select from filters depending on the maturity of the user and can block or unblock specific sites. Parents can also set daily and weekly maximum time limits and receive free email reports, which help them monitor where the user is spending their web time.
SurfBalance tracks and displays web usage by category vs. the total time allowed and sends free email reports to parents. The free email reports detail total web usage time, browsing activity by category, and a list of websites where kids visit the most, along with links to review the sites directly from the report. New features in this release include:
* Full screen support for iPad, in addition to the iPhone and iPod touch – a universal app
* Improved filtered search performance
* Quicker app startup
* ORC’s online CARAVAN, April 21-22, 25-26, and 28-29, 2011
** Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, “Always Connected: The new digital media habits of young children,” 2011
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.0 or later
* 1.0 MB
Pricing and Availability:
SurfBalance 1.2 is $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. A limited number of promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.
SurfBalance makes a great gift using the App Store “Gift This App” feature as the gift recipient has no additional charges for use of all features, unlike some similar apps which require extra fees for usage reporting, etc. The complete list of SurfBalance app features and benefits can be found at the product website.
SurfBalance is developed and supported by AgaveApps(TM), who also develops custom apps such as “The Economist on iPhone” app, which was recently featured in Apple’s iPhone 4 print ads and App Store. Additional information on AgaveApps custom development capabilities can be found at the developer’s website. Copyright (C) 2011 AgaveApps. 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.