Kindle Fire

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Does anyone know how to clear the Mobicip Browsing  history on a Kindle Fire.   My son's tablet is keeping history for many months, and it is starting to clog up the memory space. 

Right now, if I hit the magnifying glass at the bottom, it will pull up a page with three tabs inclyuding a history tab.  When I go to the history tab, I can select one web page at a time, and delete it, but not all of them. It will take me forever to delete one at a time.  Any tips?

Thanks.

 

 

Update Your Safe Browser On Android & Kindle Fire

If you're using the Safe Browser on Android smartphones or tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy series or the Kindle Fire series, it is time for an update. The latest version (2.0.1) includes some critical bug fixes and enhancements.

The new Mozilla-based Safe Browser has been a great hit! But one small feature has been especially appreciated by parents and kids alike - the numeric passcode.

The passcode can be used in lieu of the username and password to authenticate changes made on the device. This includes changing the filter profile, unlocking other apps or settings, and unlocking the Play Store.

The Safe Browser prompts you to setup the passcode during installation. If you skipped that step, you can always open the menu and select Settings > Mobicip > Use Passcode. Make sure to update the app regularly to use such new features as they become available!

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Auto-Update Your Safe Browser On Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire is one of the most popular devices that Mobicip is used on. However, Amazon has not allowed third-party browsers of any kind on the native App Store, for reasons unknown. As you know, you can still add parental controls using the Safe Browser by sideloading it on the device. 

This presents a unique challenge in pushing out new features and updates over time. As a user, you will need to manually keep track of updates and make sure the latest update is installed. To simplify this, the new Safe Browser automatically prompts when an update is available. You could also check if an update is available from the browser's menu. 

  
At Mobicip, we constantly strive to make your experience more intuitive, and we hope this feature helps you in keeping the app up to date.
 
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Important Update For Safe Browser On Android

The redesigned Safe Browser for Android has been a big hit! Thousands of parents have installed the browser and setup parental controls on the Galaxy Tab, Kindle Fire, etc. As can be expected, the first version had a couple of glitches that are fixed in the latest (2.0.1) update. Update the Safe Browser from the Google Play Store (or by sideloading on the Kindle Fire) today!

Parents and school administrators typically install the browser on his/her own device before setting it up for the family or school. One of the key issues faced is with removing the app, which required some jumping through hoops. The new update greatly simplifies the install and uninstall process. Simply open the Safe Browser menu, select Settings > Mobicip > Uninstall Mobicip. Enter your passcode to remove the app and associated parental controls in a jiffy.

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Parental Controls For Galaxy Tab & Kindle Fire

As the most popular parental controls for tabletsMobicip has seen users move to new devices over time. In the early days, the iPod touch was the most popular, over time displaced by the iPad, then theiPad mini. While schools are still big on the iPad line-up, it appears that parents and families favor the Kindle Fire and Galaxy Tab today. Why not, as these devices are getting more affordable as the price inches towards the $100 point.

At Mobicip, we have worked hard to keep up with this shift. The Safe Browser has evolved from a basic version to a full-featured and high-quality browser.

Once setup, follow the steps in these tutorials to setup your Premium settings and review browsing history reports online or using the Monitor app on iOS.
 
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Internet Usage Data Privacy

A concerned parent recently brought up an issue around Mobicip's privacy policy to our attention. Publishing this email thread in its entirely on our blog is one of the steps we are taking to address his concern. You can see our response and his original email below.


Hello John

My name is Suren and I'm a co-founder and CEO of Mobicip. I'm following up with you on your email to Mobicip support regarding our privacy policy. First, my apologies for the delay in getting back to you. This is a matter of great importance to us and I took some time to provide a legally correct response.

Does Mobicip use this data for any advertising or internet modeling usage data that gets sold to third parties?  I think it would be a GOLDMINE for Mobicip to resell it’s usage data to marketing companies who want internet polling data on what kids are researching and interested in on the web?

We absolutely do not use minors' internet usage data for any advertising or marketing purposes whatsoever, and we do not share data with any third party for any purpose whatsoever. 

Mobicip’s website has a privacy statement, but it only address their e-commerce relationship with their customers.  This statement completely ignores the privacy rights of the minors that will be using the Mobicip browser.  Their is no statement on what Mobicip does or does not do with all the browsing traffic data, search results, and internet history that is sent to Mobicip from the Mobicip browser?

You are absolutely correct about this. We take the privacy rights of minors using the Mobicip browser very seriously. The Safe Browser app itself does not collect any personally identifiable data without the Premium service. Browsing history data can only be accessed by parents and administrators who upgrade to the Premium service. The ability to track internet usage history is a feature of the Premium service and those who upgrade are showing explicit consent to allow us to do so. This data is private and we never ever share this information with any third-party or use it for marketing or other purpose whatsoever. In fact, I had addressed this question in a blog post as early as 2009, way before the awareness about minors' privacy came into public discussion.

That we do not address this privacy concern directly on our website's privacy policy, FAQ or knowledge base is definitely a shortcoming. In as much as this can be an excuse, we consider it a given that internet usage data is private and cannot be shared. I am taking steps to correct this immediately. Please bear with me and I will send you an update on the actions taken.

I hope this addresses your questions and concerns for now. We really appreciate the time and effort you put into this and we truly appreciate your advocacy for the privacy of minors. 

Thanks

Suren


From: <email address withheld>

Subject: Request Information

Date: January 5, 2013 8:09:02 AM PST

John has sent the following message.

Mobicip seams like the right alternative for protecting minors from from having unmanaged internet web browsing access.  I have a tight router protection policy here at home, but it does not protect them when they take their iPad to a friends house and I have no granular control over YouTube content. Mobicip and the premium service account seams like the right idea.

However there are some real privacy issues that the Mobicip website does not identify for parents.  It indicates that all Mobicip browser communications are sent to Mobicip via encrypted communications?  I can only assume that the Mobicip service acts a a proxy/gateway for all web browsing from the Mobicip browser?  Technically I think this is the right (possibly only) approach, but this hands over A LOT privacy issues about a minor’s usage of the Mobicip application.

Mobicip’s website has a privacy statement, but it only address their e-commerce relationship with their customers.  This statement completely ignores the privacy rights of the minors that will be using the Mobicip browser.  Their is no statement on what Mobicip does or does not do with all the browsing traffic data, search results, and internet history that is sent to Mobicip from the Mobicip browser?

Does Mobicip use this data for any advertising or internet modeling usage data that gets sold to third parties?  I think it would be a GOLDMINE for Mobicip to resell it’s usage data to marketing companies who want internet polling data on what kids are researching and interested in on the web?

This is a major privacy omission that Mobicip does not address tin their FAQs, Privacy Statement, or user forums!  It’s even a little suspicious that Mobicip and all the internet safety review websites recommending Mobicip do not even address this issue?  I’ve seen many YouTube video’s from concerned parents indicating how great this is, but they do not even realize or address that they could be handing over all internet search, history, and tracking to this Mobicip company that we know so little about.  And worse this internet history is almost guaranteed to have a red flag that it is coming from minors!

I will be testing Mobicip.  Again it seams like the right solution.  But the lack of a privacy statement addressing their usage of the web traffic data is a red flag and a real concern that should be address before I can commit to using this for my kids.

Keeping Children Safe On Kindle Fire And Nook

Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes and Nobel’s Nook

The competitive rivals, Kindle Fire and Nook’s (and their HD editions) apparent differences are in design, resolution and storage capacities. Apart from that, these tablets share quite a few similarities. Both are inexpensively priced and offer great value for money.

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By gifting a Kindle Fire or Nook to your child you are not only providing access to Amazon’s or Nook’s vast inventory of books and movies but also to unrestricted internet access. Both the Kindle Fire and Nook gives instant access to hundreds of movies, TV shows and apps. Yet you need not worry for robust parental control options are built into the system. Simply open the Kindle Fire and select Settings > Parental Controls to setup your preferences.

The Nook has the notion of user profiles. You can setup a user profile for your child, part of which includes parental control options. As part of the parental control settings, both devices offer the option to turn off unrestricted internet access, but in this day and age, what good is a tablet with the internet turned off.

Well, here is a little secret. You can supplement these built-in features with the Mobicip Safe Browser app. This is not only a replacement browser that allows safe and secure access to the internet, but also offers a feature to restrict other apps, the App Store, and the installation/deletion of apps. The app is not available through the official stores on each device, but you can just as easily sideload the app by following the steps in this tutorial.

Both these e-readers function on customised versions of Android, hence the Mobicip Safe Browser app works well on either one of these content ecosystems that you choose to go with.

The Right Tablet for Young Readers

A tablet will figure on every holiday list this year. PriceGrabber, the price-comparison site, reports that 6 out of 10 Americans would rather receive a tablet than a laptop. However, buying one seems an intimidating task to many, but the good news is that it doesn’t have to be.

Tablets have multiple uses, but if you want one for heavy duty reading then you should seriously consider monochrome eReaders like the Amazon Kindle instead of full-fledged tablets.

Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD  

With a 7-inch glare free screen it has a long battery life. Above all, you get to access Amazon’s huge digital store of 22 million movies, songs, TV shows, magazines and apps.  

Here are a few of its unique features

  • Immersion Reading highlights the text on screen while a professional voice reads it out, but is available only on certain audio books from the company’s Audible service.
  • Whisper Sync for Voice allows you to sync between reading and listening across multiple devices
  • X-ray for movies. A killer feature exclusive to the Amazon ecosystem allows you to seek out information about actors in a movie with just a tap on the screen   
  • X-ray for books similarly lets you find chapters and locations of ideas, places and terms used in the books. 

Barnes and Noble’s Nook HD

It is light weight, just 315 g, better screen resolution compared to Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7, is slimmer and hence can fit in a single hand.

Google Nexus 7

Performs well as an e Reader, and what’s more it works very well as a budget tablet too.

Apple’s iPad Mini

Though it lacks the retina display, smaller screens work better for reading iBooks than their larger brethren.  It’s also thinner, lighter and has 275,000 Apple’s apps and Apple’s iOS operating system is stable. 

An important point worth mentioning is you can use the free apps made available by others to read books not only on their own devices but on iPad and other tablets too.

It’s perceived that children who read more turn more productive in school and work. By gifting a tablet to a young reader, you are not only making Christmas merrier, you are enriching a child for life.

The iPad And Its Competitors

Although tablets had been around for a while, the tablet market really began in earnest with the launch of iPad. The iPad and iPad mini now figure high on this season’s wish list.

Quoting the figures forecasted by Forrester Research analyst Sarah Rotman Epps, Edward C. Baig, American technology columnist for USA Today and author of ‘Mac for Dummies’ says that, 112.5 million people will own a tablet by 2016, almost one-third of the adult American population.

Edward in his article (itself a part of the ‘Holiday Tech Guide’) writes that the iPad with its unique features and 9.7 inch retina display is undoubtedly the market leader today. Operating on the iOS software, its global appeal is evident by the predicted 219 million in sales by 2016, compared to the 109 million of Android-based tablets.

iPad has more than 275,000 apps specially produced for Apple. At Mobicip, we are proud to be a part of this landscape as we built our very own content filtering safe browser app for the iPod touch, iPad, iPad Mini and iPhone, providing a safe internet experience for all.   

Google Nexus 7 and Nexus 10

Google's Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 run on the latest Android version called Jelly Bean, though a few still operate on Ice Cream Sandwich. Apparently, Nexus 10 with a higher resolution and a 10-inch display is arguably better than the iPad for the price, the notable differences hardly perceivable in comparison.  

Surface by Microsoft

Another entrant is the Surface tablet which operates on the Windows OS from Microsoft. Windows 8 is designed not only for multi-touch tablets, but also for traditional desktops and laptops. However, consumers and businesses are yet to adopt it in a big way and it accounts for less than 1% of market  share.    

Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD

In a way, Amazon defined what a low-cost tablet should have by introducing the Kindle Fire at a $199 price point. While the first version has little beside the price point going for it, newer versions, especially the Kindle Fire HD are on par with the Nexus tablets from Google.

If you are a parent looking for a tablet for your child, many factors like the screen size, weight and cost may influence your choice. The amazing thing is that big companies like Google and Amazon are offering tablets starting at $199 while smaller ones offer for less than that. But before zeroing in on one, consider what the French often say, ‘quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.”

Parental Control and Tablets: Myth Vs. Reality

If he or she hasn’t already, your child is definitely going to ask you for a tablet for Christmas, and it’s only a matter of time before you or Santa is forced to consider the varied available options on the store shelf. It is vital to choose a tablet with great care and buy one which allows you to exercise some level of parental controls, according to Michelle Mastin. In her article - Parental Controls Face Off - she has created an informative compilation of the pros and cons of three tablets - Kindle Fire, Nook HD and the iPad - to help you zero in on the right one.

Parental Control – As a Third Party App

Google Nexus 7,  Google Nexus 10 or any Android tablet for that matter, does not have a built in parental control app, and you’ll need a third party app like our own Mobicip Safe Browser for Android, Zoodles Kid Mode, Kids Place, or Funamo for that. In general, Android tablets are a great buy for their small screen size, light weight and low price.  

Kindle Fire HD Free Time

The latest software update to the 7”and 8.9” models of Kindle Fire HD is the Kindle Fire HD Free Time. It has a child-friendly interface. You can set up profiles for up to 6 children, each with their individual home screen, filtered content and screen time restriction.

  • As a parent you can also filter content for each individual child, by white listing books, TV shows, movies and apps.
  • By default, your children cannot browse the web or visit social networking sites as these are completely blocked out. We recommend, of course, that you download and setup Mobicip’s Safe Browser on the Kindle Fire as one of the allowed apps.  
  • Perhaps, the best feature of Free Time is the ability to set content based screen time limit. For example, you can provide unlimited time to read books, while you can restrict movie watching to a pre designated time limit. Or else, you can just restrict the total screen time limit.
  • Entry and exit to Free Time are password protected and your child cannot break out of it. Once time runs out, a pop-up informs you about it and you hold the option of increasing their Free Time.

Nook HD Child Profile

The Nook HD user profile makes it easy to share one single device with six people. You can have unrestricted adult profiles and set up a child profile with parental controls.

  • Child profiles show the books, movies and TV shows you have selected for them and it’s not possible for children to switch profiles as they are pass code protected.
  • Your children can customise background or desktop as it is user specific.
  • You can either turn on or off web browsing, there is no content filtering for the browser.

iPad Restrictions

Parental controls on the iPad is available in the form of a feature called Restrictions.  The restrictions you set will apply to the iPad in general. So if you and your child are using the same device then you will have to enter a pass code and disable Restrictions every time you need to access content that's off limits for your child.

Which Tablet Suits Your Needs?

In her article, Michelle compares the three tablets and here is what she says:

User accounts

  • The Nook is the only tablet where the home screen and content collection can be customized for each separate log in. Parental controls apply and can be set separately for each child’s profile.
  • On Kindle Fire HD child accounts are possible only on Kindle Fire HD Free Time. 

Child Friendly Interface

  • The iPad is kid friendly, so is the Nook HD, which makes it possible for even a preschooler to figure it out viewing the large icons for books and movies.
  • Amazon on Free Time has grouped individual characters of movies, books, TV shows and apps into one category making it easy for Kindle Fire HD users to navigate around. Even the menu has pictures and makes for eye candy.

Screen Time

  • Kindle Fire HD Free Time scores over all others on screen time limit. This particular feature is very useful when your child is back from school and home all alone.

Content Filtering

All three gadgets allow you to filter content by making a choice on books, movies, TV shows and apps through ratings.

Web Filtering

While the article is generally informative, we are a bit disappointed about Michelle’s conclusion that the ability to allow web access and then filter content is not available on any of these tablets.

Mobicip’s Safe browser creates a safe and customized internet on any iOS or Android tablet. K9 from Blue Coat Systems is another free option which offers parents the ability to provide a safe internet experience.  

We fully endorse the view that tablets are powerful learning gadgets and a necessity for children in this digital age. If you wish to allow internet access, we suggest that you install a Safe Browser such as the one provided by Mobicip to make the internet a safe experience for your child. 

 

Ideas to Use Cell Phones in Class

Using cell phone for class room instruction can be a double edged sword. It’s a great way to increase student participation and productivity. Yet at the same time, these very gadgets can turn into entertainment devices if the lesson is boring.  

Jennifer Carey has suggested a few good ideas to effectively use cell phones in the classroom for learning in her article - Four Smart Ways to Use Cell Phones in Class. These points which were initially discussed in Teaching with Smart Phones  are a useful guide for any educator.

Quiz

Conducting a quiz on Poll Everywhere can be fun. It’s a free app for an audience of 40, exceeding which, a payment has to be made. The teacher can create quiz questions and receive texted answers from students. As an educator, you can also think up other creative ways to use this app.

In-Class Back Channel

Back channeling is a great way to introduce additional facts during a lesson, or to just carry on conversations during group readings. Twitter is a good medium for back channeling.  However, any teacher will prefer a more controllable platform and Today’s Meet meets this criterion. On this platform, students can create temporary rooms for carrying on back channel discussions.

Poll Everywhere is another option worth considering for it also allows you to moderate statements and prevent anonymous comments.

In-class Readings and Handouts

You can also use a smart phone as an ‘e Reader.’ Place your books or handouts in a Drop box folder for your students to access it. For traditional reading content you can make use of various mobile apps like eReader, iBooks, etc. where you can use available free content or load your own customised versions. Your students can read and even highlight or annotate the documents.

Research

Genius Scan+ available for Windows, iOS and Android based phones is a good app for organising research says Ms. Carey. Learners can capture information using the built-in-camera and either store or export them to Drop Box, Google Docs or Evernote.  Evernote is a good app that enables organizing images and information like voice or hand written notes, web clippings, etc., which can be stored in pre categorized folders and tagged for future search or reference.

Ms. Carey also advocates Google Goggles, a Google images-based feature. It can search the internet for image based content. We recommend that you use a Safe Browser app with content filtering and parental controls like the one from Mobicip to ensure that students are able to do their research on the Internet safely.

Cell phones as educational gadgets are here to stay and to prepare our students for the future, it is necessary to properly integrate the use of these devices into class room learning. We at Mobicip are passionate about mobile learning and believe it will bring about a huge transformation in how children learn.

Web Safety for Kids

Thank you Attorney and Family Analyst, Rania Mankarious, and Great Day Houston with CBS News for sharing the helpful and insightful information about web safety for kids. Watch the video to hear about Mobicip internet filter and web safety for kids.

To watch the full video, please visit Great Day Houston on KHOU.com.
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Parental Controls to Monitor Texting and Online Activities

Mobile Web Filter For Android Thank you Lynette Owens from InternetSafety.TrendMicro.com and thank you GoatCloud.com for the recent Mobicip mentions regarding "How parents can monitor texting and online activities" and "eReaders and Parental Controls."

Here are some short recaps, and as always we encourage you to read the complete article. 

Mobicip E-Newsletter: Mobicip Safe Browser For Android On Google Play Store

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In this issue...

  1. Mobicip for Android on Google Play Store
  2. Mobicip for Kindle Fire - Beta
  3. Safe Internet for the Post-PC Era 
Mobicip for Android on Google Play Store

Good news! Mobicip Safe Browser for Android is now available on the Google Play store. Parents and administrators can create a safe internet on Android by installing the Safe Browser and using the App Restrictions feature (Menu > More > Settings > App Restrictions) to lock the default browser and other internet-enabled apps on the device.

Follow the steps in this article - "How to Setup Parental Controls on Android" - to download and setup the Safe Browser on your Android smartphone or tablet. Alternatively, watch this video tutorial on YouTube to get setup. Kindle Fire users, read on below.

If you have the Mobicip for Android beta version installed, it will stop working automatically in a few days. You should delete it and download the official version from the Google Play store

Mobicip for Kindle Fire - Beta

Mobicip's Safe Browser is not on the Kindle Fire's App Store yet. Apparently, Amazon takes a while to review and approve apps for the Kindle Fire. The beta, however, has been an huge hit among parents and administrators. For now, simply follow the instructions in this tutorial to "sideload" Mobicip on your Kindle Fire.

Safe Internet for the Post-PC Era

The typical household today has a mix of mobile devices. These internet-enabled devices are not only increasingly personal, but they can also be used anywhere on any WiFi network. Mobicip makes it easy to create a safe internet on such a heterogenous mix of mobile devices. Check out these tutorials for iPhoneiPod touchiPad,Android, and Windows 7 to create a safe and secure internet and manage it using your Mobicip account.

At Mobicip, we are constantly listening to users and acting on their feedback. Please feel free to contact us, via email or on the forum. Your voice is important to us, and it can help all of our users.

Sincerely
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How to Setup Parental Controls on Android

 

Here is a step-by-step guide to setup parental control restrictions on Android smartphones and tablets like the Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy tablet. iPhone and iPod Touch users can find a similar tutorial here and iPad users can find one here

Mobicip offers a best-selling alternate browser that enables parental controls on your child's Android device. It is simple to setup and works anytime anywhere! The Mobicip Safe Browser is protected by a mobicip.comaccount setup by the parent.

Mobicip Safe Browser Setup

The Safe Browser is now available for download from Google Play (formerly Market). Follow the steps below to download and install the Safe Browser. If you have already downloaded the Safe Browser, skip to step four below.

1. On your Android device, launch Google Play (formerly Market), and select Apps.

Note: Kindle Fire users will not have access to Google Play. Until Mobicip is live on the Amazon App Store, you will need to sideload the Mobicip apk. Follow the steps here to sideload.

Google Play Home

2. Search for Mobicip and install the Safe Browser app. If you have successfully installed the app, you should be able to find the icon on your home screen.

Mobicip Android Home Icon

4. Launch the Safe Browser and login using your Mobicip.com account. Select the filtering profile you wish to apply to this device. You can tap the URL bar at the top of the app and browse to any website.

  

5. If you do not have an account, touch Create New Account and register. Once your account is created, you can use it to enable the Safe Browser app.

6. Now select the filtering profile you wish to apply to this device.

Select filtering profile

7. When done, you will see the browser open up. You can now enter the URL you wish to visit.

   

General Parental Control Restrictions Setup

The Mobicip app includes the ability to password-protect other apps through your Mobicip password. The goal is to disable the Android browser and any other apps that allow unrestricted access to the web, and ensure that Mobicip is the only safe browser available.

1. Launch Mobicip and select Menu > More > Settings.

       

2. By default, Mobicip will password-protect the installation and deletion of new apps. Unless you wish to change this setting, no action is required on your part.

3. Select App Restrictions. You will be asked to enter your Mobicip.com password.

3. At a minimum, you should block the default browser, the Google Play store (formerly Market) and any other browser apps. The apps you block will not be removed from the device. They will simply be password-protected.

       

   

That is it! You can be rest assured that your child will have a safe and secure Internet enabled device that he/she can use anytime anywhere!

 

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