KidZui offers safe surfing for kids


A former Qualcomm senior staff engineer in California decided that he would build a browser specifically for children in mind so that parents would not have to continually monitor what was being searched online.

Vidar Vignisson and his two partners launched KidZui, the internet browser whose name stands for zoomable user interface (Zui) and only explores content that has been reviewed for appropriateness for children aged between three and 12.

Parents can purchase subscriptions for an annual fee of $99 or $9.95 per month, which includes embedded advertising as well as social networking features for parents and children to share information about sites not currently on KidZui.

Pilots for the project include Mission Bay Montessori Academy and Explorer Elementary Charter School in Point Loma, California.