Kid Zone is a specialized secure application launcher for Palm OS® powered handhelds. It allows only pre-selected programs to be browsed and run on the device. This is primarily used for letting kids enjoy their favorite games on the parent's device while preventing them to access any other application and mistakenly changing or deleting important information.
Like many other Beiks applications, Kid Zone was developed because someone within the company realized they needed it: once during a flight, Natalie gave her Sony CLIE to the 3-year old George hoping this would buy her some quiet time. It did, but it also took her some time afterwards to fix her Address Book and MemoPad. Kids are kids and Kid Zone is here to help dealing with it.
With Kid Zone parents can now specify the applications that can be listed and run on the device. Kids see something similar to the standard Application Launcher, however only with the applications they are allowed to see. The standard hardware Palm buttons are not active so the kid can't access any of the other programs and create mess.
Once an application from the allowed list is run, it can again take full control of the device and use the hardware buttons as desired. When leaving, though, the only application it can return to is again the Kid Zone.
Parents can assign specific password, which lets them out of the Kid Zone.
Top reasons to let your kids play with your PDA
It buys you some quiet time
when you need it
It's educational (see Dream
Paint, xQuizMe, DJ Miner and many others)
They find it cool
There are probably more
freeware games for Palm OS than are commercially available for Game Boy
NOT TO let your kids play with your PDA
Note: By its nature Kid Zone is a security application. The level of protection it
provides is only sufficient to keep minors and uneducated users away from the
other applications. It shouldn't be trusted as a general-purpose security access application, as it can be worked around by power users. If you need serious data protection, consider data encryption software similar to