If you’re like most parents, the idea of handing your child a smart device is terrifying. Even though kids can use smart devices to learn, have fun, and express creativity … there are some risks.
The good news for Samsung owners is that there’s an app designed to solve that exact problem — and it’s called Samsung Kids.
So let’s talk about what Samsung Kids is, why it’s useful, and how you can use it to increase your child’s digital safety.
What is Kids Mode on Samsung?
Samsung Kids, or Samsung Kids Mode, is a built-in feature that comes standard on certain Samsung devices. This includes Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets, or devices running Pie OS and higher.
You can enable Kids Mode before handing off your device to your kiddo. And if your child has their own devices, you can enable Kids Mode on those, too.
Kids Mode is a special kid-friendly environment with its own user profile and interface — much like what you’d find on Netflix or YouTube.
What’s especially great is that parents can set up controls in the app. This includes screen time limits, app usage, and more.
How to Set Up Samsung Kids
First, set up a new user profile for your child on a compatible device.
- Go to the home screen
- Tap the settings icon
- Tap users
- Select add user or profile
- Choose restricted profile
- Create a password
- Tap finish
If the device doesn’t already have Samsung Kids installed, download the app from the Google Play Store.
Then set up and enable Kids Mode:
- Go to the home screen
- Tap apps then Kids Mode
- Create and enter a four-digit PIN
- Enter your child’s name and birthday
- Accept the disclaimer
- Add apps to Kids Mode or choose to add them later
- Tap finish
You can also add Kids Mode to the device’s quick settings if you wish.
Samsung Kids App: Features
After you set up a user profile and enable Kids Mode, you can explore its features. Here’s a quick snapshot of what’s available in the app:
My Phone lets kids call approved contacts (like parents).
My Camera lets kids safely take pictures and add stickers to their photos.
My Gallery is where kids can store their photos, images, and drawings.
My Magic Voice
My Magic Voice has fun voice effects and lets kids play along with Samsung Kids characters.
Kids can also use My Browser to safely explore the internet.
Kids can also use Samsung Kids to play games, make music, and engage in other fun activities like:
Crocro’s Friends Village
Kids can play mini games with Samsung Kids characters.
This app lets kids draw, paint, color, and express themselves artistically.
Lisa’s Music Band
Lisa’s Music band lets kids play different musical instruments.
Let your kid learn how to code with fun games that encourage creative thinking.
Samsung Kids App: Samsung Parental Controls
Parents can also use the Samsung Kids app to take control of their children’s digital safety. The app offers a wide variety of parental control options including:
Screen time limits:
Parents can set screen time limits and create screen schedules.
Kids Mode supports up to six different profiles — one for each child if you have a bigger family.
You can view your child’s artwork and image gallery.
Parents can see who their child contacts (but this feature may not be supported on tablets).
Your kid can only access content that you approve including apps, music, and contacts.
Parents can discover and download free and paid apps designed for kids. You can also “swipe right” from the Samsung Kids home screen for even more content.
Summary: Samsung Kids Mode
Samsung Kids is an app for Galaxy smartphones and tablets. It’s designed especially for kids to create and consume content. Here’s a quick recap on what it is and how it works:
- Samsung Kids, also known as Kids Mode, is an app that gives children their own user profile and interface
- Kids Mode makes traditional smartphone features (like apps, internet browsers, and cameras) kid-friendly
- Parents can also use Samsung Kids to increase their child’s digital safety
- Parental controls include content approval, screen time limits, content management, and others
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