So you’ve decided to enter the wide world of the Nook, or any free book reading apps for Android. It’s a whole new world, but you will find that there are numerous features to enjoy over regular books. First of all, reading on the application tends to feel as if you are reading a real book with realistic page turning and even resizable text to fit your own personal needs. This is without a doubt every book lover’s fantasy, but it does so much more than that! It provides us with the ability to display interactive children’s books and even use the voice recording software to ‘read’ to our children even if we happen to be absent. That being the case, this software is indeed geared highly toward children, and that tends to make it a rather outstanding experience. Before a child can really enjoy it however, it needs to be properly customized, and you will be glad to find that there are plenty of parental controls that keep your child out of trouble. Let’s take a look at a few of them and how they can keep your child safe.
Understanding Parental Controls
The application allows your child to use the services without doing two very unfortunate things:
- View inappropriate material
- Buy books from the store via your credit card
These two things have been issues since the dawn of the internet, but they become much more present when dealing with this book reading software. Though initially harmless, the software can prove a bit naughty, especially to those children who are resourceful. The software however does feature a rather robust parental control system which brings parents the ability to monitor their children’s online activity. Let’s take a quick look at some of the settings you can employ.
Each person who uses the software can have a separate profile enabled so that their experience could be considered unique. You might have created your own profile some time ago, so let’s walk through the creation of a second:
- In your profile, tap your profile photo in the top left corner.
- Click: Add a Child
- Enter your child’s information. This includes Date of Birth, picture, etc
- Agree to terms
- Press Next
- Once this is done, you will be able to move on to the parental control section
Setting Parental Controls in the Profile
Because this is a child account, the software will ask you to specify particular control parameters. The store is open by default, but it will be limited to children’s selections. If you wish to help your child make purchases, you will need to enter a password, and this is obviously the preferred way to do things. If you are happy with that setting, you can simply skip the section. Also, keep in mind that you can block the store completely if you wish. The settings are very robust, and in the end, you can allow your child to have as much or as little access to the application as you want.
Once the profile for your child has been completed and you have customized the security settings in a way that is pleasing to you, you can begin selecting the interests. Because you know your child better than anyone, it will be up to you to select the subjects that they would most like. It could be science fiction, fantasy, mystery, or any number of other genres. One thing to note is that once the interest settings are created, you will be given a list of sample books that you may provide to your child free of charge – just a little boost to get their library started.
Something to keep in mind is that your do have other profiles on the software which are unregulated, and if your child should gain access to them, it would defeat the purpose of using the parental restrictions. Fortunately, you can set a passcode to ensure that they do not access those profiles and by extension circumvent your settings. Also remember that from your own profile you will be able to change the settings and alter your child’s profile however you need. The options are nearly unlimited, as you are bound to find out.
There are some minor considerations for you to go over when it comes to creating a child friendly experience. The biggest issue has been the filtering of certain material. Yes, it is supposed to filter adult material, but the software has been known to filter certain classics due to them being flagged for adult content. That is something for you to0 keep in mind when you are setting up the reading software for your child. Aside from that, this is a great way to create a flawless reading experience for them.