Earlier this year, launched an app called Family nk, a tool that lets parents remotely control the amount of time they spend type of content they access on their Android phones. But while Family nk is still in invitation-only beta, a new Android app from Amazon can give help you keep tabs on your kids right now.
eviously only available on Fire Kindle devices, Freee lets you control which books, videos, games, apps that your kids can see by way of a special in-app launcher that locks them out of the rest of your phone. The new app is an extension of Amazon’s Freee Unlimited service, but the $2.99 monthly subscription fee is not required to use the app.
Using Freee is pretty simple. en you launch it, you’ll be asked to enter your child’s name birth date ( select a kid-friendly avatar), before heading into the content picker. The app will take you through any books, movies, apps you have in your or Amazon accounts, you’ll be able to select which ones they are able to view, as well as grant access to an age-appropriate in-app browser.
You’ll also need to allow two permissions for the app to operate. One is Usage Data Access, so it can report on how much time your kids are spending with Freee, the other is a Freee launcher that restricts your child from leaving the app until a passcode is entered. Inside the settings you can set time limits for each activity bedtime restrictions, as well educational goals (like requiring 30 minutes of reading before a game can be played). You can also set smart filters, limit web content, view your child’s history, of course, subscribe to Freee Unlimited.
Then they only need to select their name to begin using it. The app’s home screen will force itself into lscape mode, though books apps will allow it to return to portrait as needed. Streaming browsing is just as fast as it is outside the app, the interface is simplistic enough for non-readers to underst it.
You can download the Freee app in the ay Store for free.
tchful eye: ile it’s not as powerful as ‘s remote Family nk app, Freee is a fantastic tool for parents looking to keep tabs on how much time their kids spend on their phones without needing to hover over them at all times. th time content limits, as well as an easy-to-use safe in-app browser, it’s a good alternative for parents still waiting for a Family nk invite.