As my kids have gotten older I’ve found an increasing need to communicate with them. I’m giving them more freedoms but still want to know what they are up to. I don’t however want to open up the Pandora’s Box of getting them a phone, or introducing them to the wide options of apps that can allow them to communicate with anyone they want to.
Easy needed to be for me AND my kids. When I first started working on the idea, my kids didn’t have a tablet. I wanted something they could use from my house and would scale to work other places and devices. I didn’t want to have to install an app on my phone. I thought about email (we actually started with email) but I wanted something that would notify them and be a distinct conversation. Thus, KidText.me was born, and it was so easy for my kids. Log in, type a message, click send -> done! And I got a text message I can reply to right on my phone with no app needed!
As I mentioned above, we first started using email, but what I found was my kids could send (and receive) email with anyone. This made me a bit nervous to open it up to them, especially if I’m not nearby to stand over there shoulder and see who they are interacting with. I recognize as my kids get older the technology they use will expand their freedom, but that doesn’t mean I have to invite it into our lives before it needs to be. With great power comes great responsibility, and I’m not sure they are responsible enough to use it yet.
3. Affordable (and ad free)
I wish this could make a free service, or something with just a one time charge. However, there are real costs associated with running a server. Some services will offset costs with ads. Because this is a service geared toward kids, I don’t want to have ads. So, although there is a recurring subscription, my goal is to keep it as low as possible.
Try out the app online at app.kidtext.me. An android app is coming soon!