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Questions Arising Out Of Unfamiliar (First Time) Encounter

If you want to exit from the ‘Child Zone’ and return to the standard Android environment, you can click on the “Gear” set up button on the upper right hand side of the screen in the ‘Child zone’, then select ‘Exit’, type in your ‘Parent Password’, and you will be able to exit from the ‘Child Zone’ into the Android environment of the Android Unit you are using..

If you have forgotten your password, and cannot ‘Exit’ or ‘Enter into the Parent Zone’, click “Forgot Password” then you will be asked to enter your “Parent Email Account”. Our system will treat the ‘Parent Email Account’ as a Second (or alternative) Password. After you have entered your “Parent Email Account”, you will be able to enter the Parent Zone, where you can create a new password at “Account Setting”.

If you happen to have forgotten also the “Parent Email Address” as well, just click on “Forgot Email Address”, then there will be a simple arithmetic for you to calculate, and the system will let you enter into the Parent Zone. (All so easy to you as it may seem, we figure a kid is not likely to be able to go through all these 3 hurdles to get into the Parent Zone this way. But these present as escape paths if you run into problems.) When you are able to enter into the Parent Zone, you can create a new ‘Parent Password’.

You can click the indigenous “Setting” button on your tablet or phone, go to “Applications” and select “Manage Applications”, then click ‘Force Quit’ to exit from KnP App.

However, there are so many different brands and models of Android hardware these days, which, for some of them, it is hard to find this “Setting” button. You can do this resetting of your hardware unit simply by entering the ‘System Setting’ of our Parent Zone. Then it will go to the “Setting” function of Android System. From there, Choose “Applications” then select “Running Service”, where it willl list down all the applications running in your Android unit, when you find the “KnP - Kid” icon, click on it and choose “Stop” or “Force Stop”, it will then close the KnP App.

After the installation of ‘Kid n Parent App’, just for one time, parents need to organize the apps for “Child App Library”. (Special note: if it is the case that your kid is given a dedicated Android unit for his own use, you would need to do this from the kid’s Android Unit.) You will be guided to do this step by step in the initial ‘Set Up’ process right after ‘Downloading’. But in case you missed that, you can do this step again, anytime. In the case when your kid is having his own unit, you must go to his unit first, then enter into “Parent Zone” from the upper right hand “Gear” button. Click to enter “App Library Setting”. When you are there, you can see “All Apps” within this tablet or phone (you are using) on the left hand side box. Just drag & drop your selected kid apps to the “Kid App Library” box on the right. (For new Android users: This can be done by putting your finger on the selected app icon, pause on it for 2 seconds, then drag that icon to the box on the right hand side.) Whatever icon you “drop” on the ‘Kid App Library’ box on the right will appear on the ‘Kid App Library’ after this (one time) exercise.

KnP App is designed to work both when there is Internet connection and no Internet connection, when the unit will automatically switch to operate in the ‘Off-line’ mode. Under the Off-line mode, the kid user will not be able to access websites, youtube video and games. But there will be sufficient services from the unit to keep the kid entertained, when he will still be able to access the(resident) ‘App Library’ to play apps and also operate ‘myStudio’, where he can do drawing, take photo and do video recording.

Of course, the Parent can operate ‘myStudio’ as well, but the ‘Scrapbook’ function and activities log that require Internet connection will be temporarily suspended.

Our ‘Games Corner’ links our users to Flash Games Sites we selected and aggregated in the Internet. These are safe educational games which we had specifically tested to work on touch-screen Android device (and not all of these works on any Android unit). However, for these games to be able to work on your Android unit, it would require “Adobe Flash Player” on your unit to run these games. For those Android units that do not have a built-in ‘Flash Player’, games from our Game corner cannot be not run.

Our ‘Video Corner’ hosts a collection of children-friendly “Youtube video” from the Internet. However, we have found that in some countries, some of these Youtube videos are blocked by Youtube for license or release-right reasons, or have been taken out by the publishers themselves for some particular countries. So there is a possibility that you may not be able to watch all of the video shows we have recommended in the ‘Video Corner’, depending on which country you are located. But do not despair, we keep increasing the number of videos you can see at the Video Corner, to enrich the educational video show content at KnP App.

About Parental Control?

When you do the ‘Set Up’ of ‘KnP App’ after creating your new account, you will be guided to set up the ‘Kid App Library’ first, then ‘Parental Control Set Up’.

We offer 3 Parental Control Setting – ‘Auto Start Up’, ‘Parental Lock’ and ‘Block Incoming Call’.

When you have turned ‘Auto Start Up’ to ‘ON’, the next time when the tablet is switched on, the unit automatically starts at the first screen of the ‘Child Zone’ of the KnP-Kid App. (The unit is therefore set to start at the ‘Child Zone’ “by default”, in software term. This is what you do when you are giving your kid a dedicated unit for his own use.)

The ‘Parental Lock’ ON/OFF setting determines if the Parental Password is needed, when exiting from the Child Zone to go into the Parent Zone.

If you are using an Android phone as a shared unit with your kid, you probably do not want your kid to pick up your incoming calls. The ‘Block Incoming Call’ setting enables you to block all incoming calls when the phone is being used by your kid from the ‘Child Zone’.

When ‘Auto Start Up’ is set to ON, it turns your phone or tablet into a dedicated Child Unit, so that whenever the Android unit is switched on, it will automatically enter into the KnP environment, presenting the ‘Child Zone’ as the first page on the screen.

If you want to disable this function, click the ‘Gear’ Set Up button on the upper right corner of the ‘Child Zone’ screen. Then select ‘Parent Zone’, to click ‘Parental Control Setting’, from where you can change the ON/ OFF of the “Auto Start Up” Function.

You always go to the ‘Parent Zone’ or click the ‘KnP-Parent App’ whenever you want to make changes on setting…..

At KnP App, you offer aggregated website links and youtube videos from the Internet, where on these contents, one can find so many other buttons and “related links” that can launch the user to other unwanted place, yet you say you are 100% Internet-safe for children. How is that possible?

We have professionally sources, screened, to select, aggregate and provide thousands of educational websites, Youtube videos and games as contents for our children users, where they can view these from the ‘Child Zone’. And through technical mechanisms, we have disabled all the buttons and links on these selected contents that may launch our user to any other desirable place in the Internet. Therefore, as long as your child is inside our Child Zone, all the contents he can access there are screened and sanitized, to prevent this possibility of your child leaping accidentally from one good content to other unwanted materials in the Internet is zero, thus providing a 100% absolutely-safe environment, without having to sacrifice on the surfing experience of the user.

About Functions & Operations

‘Parent Zone’ is where you do set up and management of your ‘KnP Account’, after which you will be assigned your own specific ID in our system as managed by our Cloud Computing Backend Engine. This is how we can all the time keep track to update your personal data and service requests, and keep your personal records and information safe-guarded and privileged, in our Cloud Service. The ‘Parent Zone’ is where you set up everything your child would need in his ‘Child Zone’. In the ‘Parent Zone’, you will be able to select different settings, including the ‘App Library Setting’, ‘Activity Log’, ‘Safety Setting’, ‘Account Setting’ and ‘Language Setting’. You can select anyone of those to change your setting accordingly.

You can arrive at the ‘Parent Zone’ by clicking the ‘KnP-Parent’ App icon OR click the ‘Gear’ Set Up button on the upper right hand corner of the ‘Child Zone’ screen.

We provide a ‘Kid App Library’ in the ‘Child Zone’ for “centrally” storing all the apps of your kid. This also serves another important function to separate the kid’s apps from the parent’s apps, in the event that the kid and parent are using a shared Android Unit.

When you create the new KnP Account on your unit, right after the download, our system will immediately and automatically check if there are popular Children-friendly Apps you have already installed onto your Android unit in hand. We match those against our ‘Popular Free App’ list in our system. If there are, the system will automatically place them onto the ‘Kid App Library’.

For those kid apps you already have in the unit but they do not fall into our ‘Popular Free App’ list, you would need to take a look at the mixed apps on the left hand side box and do easy ‘drag & drop’ to bring them into right hand side Kid App Library. Then these apps will appear on the “Kid App Library” shelves when your kid enters the “Child Zone’. You will be guided to do the above in a step by step manner, during your “Set Up” of the account.

Then, if you missed doing this during the “Set Up” time, you can do this “separation of kid apps from the parent app” any time later. When you want to do this, you go to the “Parent Zone”, click on “App Library Setting”, then you will see on the left hand side of the screen a list of “All Apps” (which is present in the very Android unit you are doing this), and on right hand side of the screen the “Kid App Library”. Simply drag & drop the selected Children Apps from “All Apps” to the “Kid App Library”.

For the more demanding and hands-on parents, “Kid App Library” is designed to allow parents to create more than one “App Case” (as analogous to a Book Case for holding books). Different “App Cases” can then be used to organize and place different types of Apps for the Kid User (if you want to). Then each “App Case” will have unlimited shelving on the case for holding apps of a similar nature.

When you want to create a new “App Case”, you click on the “Folder” on “Kid App Library” and a new “App Case” will be created, which you can name and re-name it.

Parent can easily see and review the nature and duration of activity of your child on the Android unit for the last 30 days.

This is where you can setup the various parental control options of the ‘Auto Start-up Mode’, ‘Parental Lock’ and ‘Call Blocking Function’ of the “Child Zone” on the unit. You simply click on the corresponding icon, to turn its ON/OFF status, to enable or disable the function.

After the setting, click the “Back” button which will let you go back to the “Child Zone”.

When you have turned ‘Auto Start Up’ to ‘ON’, the next time when the tablet is switched on, the unit automatically starts at the first screen of the ‘Child Zone’ of the KnP-Kid App. (The unit is therefore set to start at the ‘Child Zone’ “by default”, in software term. This is what you do when you are giving your kid a dedicated unit for his own use.)

The ‘Parental Lock’ ON/OFF setting determines if the Parental Password is needed, when exiting from the Child Zone to go into the Parent Zone. (If you need to go back to the standard Android Mode of this unit, you can click the ‘Gear’ Set Up button on the upper right hand of the screen and click, ‘Exit’ and then input the Parent Password.)

This is the place to update your kid’s profile and change your “Parent Password”.

From where can I manage the “Child Zone”?

You do that from the Parent Zone. You can get to the ‘Parent Zone’ in the Internet Cloud (that is where everything happens!) from (A) the Kid’s Android Unit, (B) the Parent’s Android Unit and (C) from the Shared Unit, depending what the situation is and most convenient to you.

If it is on the Kid’s Android Unit, from the ‘Child Zone’, the parent click the “Gear” Set Up button on the upper right corner of the screen to enter the ‘Parent Zone’, to do this.

If it is on Parent Android Unit, the parent can just click the ‘KnP-Parent App’ icon to enter directly into the ‘Parent Zone’.

If it is a Shared Unit, you can enter the ‘Parent Zone’ through the “Gear” Set Up button, OR you exit the ‘Child Zone’ and enter the ‘Parent Zone’ via the ‘KnP-Parent App’.

How do I manage the ‘Kid App Library’ on my child’s Android Unit? Can I do that REMOTELY from another Android unit?

‘Managing your Kid App Library’ means (A) you are adding or deleting ‘App Cases’ (as similar to book cases for holding books), and organizing and naming them. This also includes (B) your reviewing what apps there are already in the ‘Kid App Library’ and (C) doing ‘deleting the old’ and ‘adding new Apps’ to the collection.

You will know it is easy to do this when you are physically at your kid’s dedicated unit, doing the management right from the unit that belongs to the kid. The beauty of our ‘Parent-App’ is that the parent can also do this (A)(B)(C) through the ‘Parent-App’ right from the parent’s Android unit, REMOTELY, to review, remove or add new app to the Kid’s Android unit.

Our ‘Kid App Library’ that sits on the parent’s Android Unit would only detect to reflect what indigenous apps exist in the parent’s unit. So, when you want to review and manage the ‘Kid App Library’ of the kid’s Android Unit (from the parent’s unit), you need to click the “Switch Identity” button on the upper right corner on the ‘Kid App Library’ screen of the Parent Android Unit (which is your unit in hand). This (previously showing what indigenous apps there are in the ‘Kid App Library’ screen of the parent’s Android Unit) will be changed instantly, to show the latest ‘Kid App Library’ screen of the Kid’s Android Unit. Then you can make the changes on this screen (on your physical unit in hand), to review, delete or add new apps. Any changes you make here will materialize for your Kid (on his unit) in the next instance when the kid refreshes his unit. All these are possible technically because of our design and deployment of Cloud Computing Technologies with our Backend Engine managing the ‘KnP Operating Platform’.

‘myStudio’ is a suite of 4 apps that enables the Kid User to make ‘Voice Message’, do ‘Drawing’, take ‘Photo’ and take ‘Video’ with the Android Tablet or Phone. ‘myStudio’ provides the “Making” function and the “Viewing” function (plus a Sending function soon). ‘myStudio’ is designed with the aim to stimulate the creative power of children by providing kid-friendly user interfaces to facilitate them to get accustom to logic, system flow, and hands-on hardware gadget usage experience from early, through making use of modern day applications of recording, photo and video fun daily events. We are basing on the versatile, powerful, chic, and (soon to be of lower cost) Android Tablet and Phone to do this in this case.

Through our Parent App, the parent is also able to make use of these 4 functions as well, to make use of the parent’s Android unit to do all these functions on the kid, to so conveniently record down the interesting fragments of life and loose yet valuable bits and pieces of memories of the kid growing up.

What record there are - taken by the kid himself or the parent - are automatically recorded in time sequence on our ‘App Cloud’, which shall be of great sentimental value especially when the kid has grown up.

These records in voice, creative drawing (by the kid), photos and video (of the kid or taken by the kid) are accessible only by you, the Parent of the account.

Our Scrapbook function enables parents to so easily select and extract the most interesting or valuable fragments of what records there are in the ‘Time-line’ to make into a ‘Scrapbook of the growing up of your child’.

You will be able to review, select, organize and annotate on these memorable fragments of your child, to be compiled into a multimedia ‘Scrapbook’ so easily that you can continue to update all along as your child is growing up!

All records from ‘myStudio’ are automatically stored and show on the ‘Time-line’ of your specific account in our Cloud Service. Only the parent of the account can review these, and decide if he/she wants to put into a ‘Scrapbook’, or to share some of them with friends and relatives. To make into a multimedia ‘Scrapbook’, the parent simply access the ‘Time-line’ from the ‘Parent App’, and “tick” on the selected records, then they will appear in the ‘Scrapbook’. The parent can also add remark or annotate on these records.

Unlike other “social networks” that are pretty much “open to the public”, we offer an absolutely-safe Cloud Service to keep the record of your kid’s voice message, drawing, photo and video, and let you make use of these materials with direction and aim, when you want to, in a convenient manner. It is only YOU, the parent, who can see these, and you are the one to decide what specific records to be shared with individual audiences and friends on a public network such as Facebook, or to be shared privately with guests by inviting them to the ‘Center- Stage’ of our ‘KnP Platform’.

Parent can set up the ‘Parent-approved Contact (PAC) List’ from the Parent App. These are the names and email contacts of persons that the kid can contact to send his own productions of ‘Voice Message’, ‘Photo’, ‘Drawing’, and ‘Video Clips’ that the kid made by himself at myStudio. To do this sending, the kid can just point & click to send any combination of his work to anyone on the PAC List, which just appears as a photo or picture to the kid. (This is using email without knowing he is using email.) People on the ‘Parent-approved Contact List’ will be able to receive these voice message and others in their email or through the ‘PAC App’ (another new product to be released at the same time) on their Android Unit. The recipients will also be able to respond with voice message to the kid from the PAC App.

Since Grandpa is not likely to be the most technical person in the family to master the sophisticated use of an Android Tablet or Phone, yet we can be quite sure he is certainly keen to know about the daily happenings and growing up of his grand child, our ‘Grandpa App’ is the ideal solution to meet his need, and what the parent can do so easily to support.

Parent can use our ‘Scrapbook’ function to compile the latest and most complete edition of the sweet moments of the kid into a multimedia show. Through providing Grandpa with this ‘Grandpa App’, coming as an icon on his Android Unit, Grandpa needs not do anything complicated or technical, but just click this icon, and he will be able to view this show by and of his grandchild for as many times as he likes, and from anywhere he feels like viewing it.

There are different App Stores for Android, and they are increasing in number with time. The apps carried in these different App Stores shall be increasing in number exponentially with time too. Also, the apps these App Stores present are not grouped to show clearly which are meant for children, so you would need to search and seek in a big haystack of many apps in these App Stores. You would also want to evaluate to find only the best ones to give to your child. Therefore it is really laborious, if not hard, work to continuously find good apps for your kid. Here, we assign all these work to a dedicated special team, to do all these work for you. We neatly place our latest most updated finding that are free in our ‘New-Free-App’ Newsletter, where you can do review and download for your kid easily. By easily, we mean doing that by a few clicks locally at the kid’s unit, or doing that remotely any time you feel convenient, from the parent’s Android unit, via the Parent App.

When you open the newsletter, you can see the ‘Recommended New- Free- App’ listing. Tick to select, and click on ‘Download’ by entering the ‘Google account information’. (Mind you, this has to be the same and exact Google account information, which you used to download our KnP App.) Then the apps you have selected will automatically be loaded by our Backend Engine, onto the ‘Kid App Library’ in the ‘Child Zone’ for your child to see and play.

About Our Unique ‘Twin App Approach’

As the name ‘Kid n Parent App’ says clearly, our app is designed to serve both the kid and parent together. The 2 app icons (‘KnP-Kid’ and ‘KnP-Parent’) can be treated as 2 separate doors to enter into the same premises, where the kid and parent “visitors” have different access rights and are given different “privileges” after entering the one app they own together.

Seeing this on a different plain, this “Twin App” feature serves to cater for the 2 possible daily life scenarios in the deployment of their Android units by our users – ‘Scenario 1’ being the parent and kid are using a ‘shared unit’. ‘Scenario 2’ being the kid is given a dedicated unit and the parent is using his own unit.

This unique “Twin App” approach is engineered to logistically provide the best convenience and accommodation to our users under both scenario situations for today - and also for what situation change (such as changing from Scenario 1 to Scenario 2) tomorrow - during the initial download as well as the continual usage of our ‘KnP App’.

(A) During the Download and Account Set Up….

Under Scenario 1 (when parent and kid are using one shared Android unit) – There is only one download and set up of our KnP App on the shared unit.

Under Scenario 2 (when parent and kid each have their own Android unit) – There are 2 downloads, one on the kid’s dedicated unit and one on Parent’s own unit. Parent can do the first download on either unit depending on which Android unit is more convenient to the parent, and only a one-time “setting up” is needed on the first unit.

(B) In the continual using of the KnP App….

Under Scenario 1 (when parent and kid are using one shared Android unit) - both the “Kid App” icon and “Parent App” icon are on the unit. Whenever the kid is using the unit, the unit will be switched to the “Child Zone” by the parent before the kid gets to use it. The kid cannot leave the “Child Zone” on his own, because he does not have the Parent Password. When the parent is to use this unit later, he uses the “Parent Password” to switch the unit back to the standard Android mode. Under Scenario 2 (when both parent and kid have their own Android unit) – The kid is always confined to the “Child Zone” in his dedicated unit. The kid never even knows that a “Parent App” icon exists on the kid’s unit, let alone pressing on this icon. Whenever the parent finds it convenient to do some setting changes and adding of new apps from the Kid’s Android Unit, he can go into the ‘Parent Zone’ via the “Gear” Set Up button side door on the ‘Child Zone’ screen. An alternative route to do this and get to the Parent Zone directly is on the parent’s Android Unit, by pressing on the ‘Parent App’ icon. This way, the parent can manage and change the kid’s account and what apps to be on the ‘Kid’s Android Unit’ FROM RMOTE. The Kid-App icon on the parent’s Android Unit is the door for him to access and review what actual conditions there are of ‘KnP App’ on the Kid’s Android Unit.

(C) Changing of situation, in moving from Scenario 1 to Scenario 2 in the future – to provide a dedicated tablet for the kid OR replace anyone of the parent’s or the kid’s or the shared unit by a new model Android unit – after your ‘KnP App’ Account has long been set up and used for some time…..

From this new Android Unit, the parent just goes to the App Store to download one time again ‘KnP App’ onto this new unit. During the Registration, parent ticks to specify ‘an account already exist’, and you will be guided to type in your ‘Email Account’ and ‘Parent Password’ of your account, and that just it! In this Registration of the new unit, we do not need to ask you questions, so as to determine what exact situation and scenario you are in. You will be given the same package of ‘Twin Apps’ on the new unit in the download. On the 2 app icons given to you, like always, you just use whichever one you need and feel appropriate for the time. Simple and hassle-free, for both you and for our system.

You do that from the Parent Zone. You can get to the ‘Parent Zone’ from (A) the Kid’s Android Unit, (B) the Parent’s Android Unit and (C) from the Shared Unit, depending what the situation is and most convenient to you.

If it is on the Kid’s Android Unit, from the ‘Child Zone’, the parent click the “Gear” Set Up button on the upper right corner of the screen to enter the ‘Parent Zone’, to do this.

If it is on Parent Android Unit, the parent can click the KnP-Parent App icon to enter directly into the ‘Parent Zone’.

If it is a Shared Unit, you can enter the ‘Parent Zone’ through the “Gear” Set Up button, OR you exit the ‘Child Zone’ and enter the ‘Parent Zone’ via the ‘KnP-Parent App’.

‘Managing your Kid App Library’ means (A) you are adding or deleting ‘App Cases’ (as similar to book cases for holding books), and organizing and naming them. This also includes (B) your reviewing what Apps there are already in the ‘Kid App Library’ and (C) doing deleting the old and adding new Apps to the collection.

You will know it is easy to do this when you are physically at your kid’s dedicated unit, doing the management right from the unit that belongs to the kid. The beauty of our ‘Parent-App’ is that the parent can also do this (A)(B)(C) through the ‘Parent-App’ right from the parent’s Android unit, REMOTELY, to review, remove or add new app to the Kid’s Android unit.

Our ‘Kid App Library’ that sits on the parent’s Android Unit would only detect to reflect what indigenous Apps exist in the parent’s unit. So, when you want to review and manage the ‘Kid App Library’ of the kid’s Android Unit (from the parent’s unit), you need to click the “Switch Identity” button on the upper right corner on the ‘Kid App Library’ screen of the Parent Android Unit (which is your unit in hand). This (previously showing what indigenous apps there are in the ‘Kid App Library’ screen of the parent’s Android Unit) will be changed to show the latest ‘Kid App Library’ screen of the Kid’s Android Unit. Then you can make the changes on this screen (on your physical unit in hand), to review, delete or add new apps. Any changes you make here will materialize for your Kid (on his unit) in the next instance when the kid refreshes his unit. All these are possible technically because of our design and deployment of Cloud Computing Technologies with our Backend Engine managing the ‘KnP Operating Platform’.