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Parental Control & Screen Time by Kidslox

Parental Control & Screen Time by Kidslox

Kidslox, Inc.

Set screen time limits and manage phone use with Kidslox parental control app

4.2 Ratings 32K+ Reviews 100K+ Downloads
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Ratings & Reviews

4.2
32.4K+ Ratings
  1. 5
    67+%
  2. 4
    14+%
  3. 3
    5+%
  4. 2
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  5. 1
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  • Good app Jul 14, 2018

    By edarby11
    Overall, I’m finding Kidslox to be a useful, easy way to have limits on my daughter’s screen usage. The weekly reports are informative and give me assurance that she is not abusing her screen time. Controlling it all from my phone is great and so convenient. I also like the ability to add or remove time on the set daily limits. I use that a lot for when she earns more time by doing chores. One improvement that could be made would be to have the ability to shut down text and phone calls during certain hours, except for emergencies. Because while I can set a daily limit and control app usage so that even if she has more time before she reaches the limit she can’t use it after a certain time at night, she can still text freely for hours on end and I have no able to track or limit that. So I still have to confiscate her phone every evening so she isn’t up all night texting her friends. I wish there was a way to set limits on texting too other than taking away her phone. But overall, it is a good app and I’m happy I bought the lifetime subscription so I can also use it when my younger children get phones when they are older.
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  • PC app required for set up & its a pain Oct 15, 2019

    By Laurapoo13
    I downloaded this app a year ago, tried the free version and eventually paid for premium subscription. I was able to successfully restrict access to certain apps, inappropriate content and screentime for my daughters phone very well. I gave for the success of that time. However, we upgraded phones recently and the set up has been so very difficult!! In order to set up premium features it now requires me to download the PC app as well. Well, whatever it tries to download NEVER downloads and stay stuck at 5%. i have tried downloading again, rebooted, deleted and reinstalled and never manage to finish set up because its get stuck at 5% download. PC app is so irritating. Wish I could do everything thru the phone app like I did before in my initial set up. I tried reaching out for help and haven’t heard back in two days. Didn’t get an auto response acknowledging my email so I’m not sure if anyone will eventually get back to me. *Update* i eventually received a response and they tried getting more info to fix it. Replied back and said that it had been fixed and they released a new ISO version BUT it still doesn’t download past 5%. I really liked this but I can no longer use my paid subscription and only get watered down features that are hardly helpful on their own. It doesn’t seem a fix is coming before my subscription expires, so I definately won’t be renewing to $50 subcription.
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  • Purchasing lifetime subscription May 19, 2018

    By ELSun
    I really like this app. I also own the Circle and used that for a few months but then my brother in law introduced me to Kidslox. I tried the 14 day trial period and today is the day it expires. I had to decide if I wanted to keep using Kidslox. And I decided to go for it. I love how I am not limited to the WiFi in my house and I can still control my kids devices outside of the house. For the most part everything works smoothly except the timer. For example I generally allow my kids 2 hours of iPad a day. The devices do lock after 2 hours but the timer keeps running for some reason. There are times it shows my kids were on for 3,4,5 plus hours. Which is confusing and when I want to give them more time I have to extend out to the end of day instead of just 30 min or 1 hour. Are we doing something wrong how come the timer keeps running? Other than that I believe I love the app... look forward to more features and upgrades. Thanks Update Comment: Is there a pause button? It would be great if there was the ability to pause my children’s iPad instead of having to put it in lock mode.
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  • Good start and shows promise Nov 24, 2017

    By ninjapod
    I’ve been using the app now for the 14 day trial and decided to subscribe. I’ve been a Qustodio user and gave another iOS app a try, Screen Time. They just were not meeting my expectations for iOS management. What is winning for me is the user interface on my phone. It’s easy to manage the accounts and changes are a breeze. From my review, there are some things missing, like the ability to schedule texting access, but this cannot be an easy feat to overcome with Apple. Qustodio does this, but there are compromises. I can parent around this for now. Kidslox is in active development which means they are working on and delivering new features. So, if something is missing, suggest it directly to them. I work with development teams, and we LOVE to get nice, thoughtful feedback so we know what to build! Whining and complaining about an app just makes you look like a dunce and motivates no one to work on your features. Keep up the good work and I look forward to new releases!
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  • Jan 21, 2021

    By Dee Harmonic
    SCREEN TIME REWARDS HAVE ARRIVED!! Thank you it works great! It looks cute and caught my kids attention right away. They're bustling about getting chores done to earn screen time and I couldn't be happier! Now I sit in anticipation for the pc version to be fine tweaked and I'll be set! I hope the pc side doesn't prove to be too much of a challenge, great work and thank you again!
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  • Feb 2, 2021

    By Sarah Hill
    Worked great for a bit, now it just continually keeps playing up. Does not ask for the PIN on my child's phone so she can go in and change anything she likes. Kidslox just says to delete and reinstall, 3 times now, and it stops working again after 3 days. They won't refund my money as I paid a lifetime subscription, $160 down the drain!! Hoping they'll do the right thing and reimburse me for an app I cannot use.
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  • Feb 13, 2021

    By Simonas Vaitkevicius
    Maybe somebody can suggest another screen controling apps? This app crashes every time with every new update. STOP releasing new updates !!! Nobody needs stupid functions like "Time rewards" or anything else. If I need to add extra time, I'm just adding it. I need normal working app without crashes. Controlling devices: iPad Pro 10.5, 11, 12.9
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  • Scary, never downloading this again Jun 16, 2018

    By Suspicions jjang mans M
    At first I thought this app was shady as it asked for some management control which I understand from the contexts of using this app you have to give up some control. Now I did check the reviews before I downloaded this app, and I decided to give it a chance. After downloading, I followed instructions for the files and powering off your phone situation but I’m not sure if it worked properly which might explain why this happens, so I was brushing my teeth some notification popped up and I clicked to open my phone to find all my apps deleted!! This was impossibly frightening, my privacy was exploited and I felt extremely vulnerable like I’ve been hacked. This was even more freaky as I had deleted the app after following instructions for power off your phone because I didn’t want to indulge in such complex stuff and it was getting increasingly more “shady”. But Thankfully the internet helped me as I searched up how to get rid of the app completely by going to settings and etc. ALL IN ALL BE AWARE OF WHAT YOUR DOWNLOADING AND DO IT PROPERLY. (I didn't want to rate this app because I know a lot of effort probably was put into producing it but from my traumatic experience I just want to warn some customers I also understand this worked for some other customers perfectly but I didn’t for me)
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  • Dec 24, 2020

    By Andrea Tomasek
    I'm likely more frustrated with Apple than I am with this app. You cannot block most of what you'd want to block from a young child. I thought I had to pay in order to get that ability but it still doesn't work. Also - no clear way to see what apps they're accessing. Installation was easy & it's likely good for teenagers. If you want to lock it down for young kids to just stick to their games this isn't it.
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  • Don’t try this as an accountability study aid. Aug 19, 2020

    By tmoff325
    I downloaded this as a way to make it slightly more difficult to use distracting apps while studying. I was careful to change the settings to allow everything but the two apps I wanted to restrict. It worked initially, but I noticed my gmail in my email app would not stay logged in. I couldn’t log back in until I put the app back into parent mode. This became too annoying so I just left it on parent mode to get some work done. I should have just deleted it right away. Later that day about 90% of the apps on my iPad randomly disappeared. I thought maybe it was the app so I went into settings to remove the blocker and sure enough they reappeared. Only thing is it deleted my organization and dumped all the apps out of my folders so now I’m stuck manually rearranging everything the way I had it. These things might not be a big deal if the app were being used to safeguard a child’s recreational tablet. But I am a professional student and rely heavily on my iPad for school. It is essentially my textbooks, notebooks, folders, etc. The app has some potential if some of these more serious bugs were fixed. But I will not use it again for my purposes for fear of it deleting anything.
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  • Jan 21, 2021

    By Dee Harmonic
    SCREEN TIME REWARDS HAVE ARRIVED!! Thank you it works great! It looks cute and caught my kids attention right away. They're bustling about getting chores done to earn screen time and I couldn't be happier! Now I sit in anticipation for the pc version to be fine tweaked and I'll be set! I hope the pc side doesn't prove to be too much of a challenge, great work and thank you again!
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  • Best parental control app I’ve found Apr 18, 2019

    By M. Spates
    After trying my cellular service provider’s parental control app, and finding that I could delete the companion app from my child’s phone, I went looking for another option. Let me tell you, there is a reason this is so well rated! When lockdown mode is engaged, the gaming and social apps disappear from my child’s phone. The icons are gone and there is no way to access them at all. Kidslox leaves the calling and texting features available for use, which I appreciate, so that she can contact me in the event of an emergency. I found the parent user interface to be thorough, yet intuitive. It is easy to navigate and itemizes the features and apps that will be locked out during each type of mode. Knowing that even when child mode is engaged, she will still be protected with safe search browsing and content filtering, as well as the requirement to request permission before downloading apps, has actually increased our communication about what is appropriate for her. We can talk about why I declined a particular app so she knows what features to look for before she asks to download. Overall, I’m very impressed. As a person who has almost never downloaded a paid app, I can tell you that my standards are high. I just signed up for the lifetime premium service and will be downloading the companion app on all of the devices in my home, as well as recommending this to my friends.
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  • Feb 9, 2021

    By alicia held
    very easy and love the extra features for the $5.99 costs
  • So helpful Dec 7, 2018

    By Raeofsunshineandlove
    My son and I sat down and discussed rules and terms for phone use. He loves video games and would play all day if I allowed that. I was able to customize the controls for his phone to create reasonable amounts of game time. He HATES it! Haha. It shuts off access if your child goes beyond their set time or if you don’t want them on at a certain time they won’t have access to apps then too. It filters out adult content when online. We haven’t gotten to social media yet, but you can have some control with that too. My child cannot delete the app not matter how hard he tries. Trust me he tries, often. I can control all of this from my phone. Being able to regulate phone usage and not having to be right next to him is so convenient. I also feel that he’s safer going online bc I know it’s been filtered. Btw, the one star reviews are often kids bc they can leave a review. My son has left several one star reviews!
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  • Jan 31, 2021

    By Heather Dilmore
    great for limiting screen time and giving rewards for completing tasks
  • Good app Jul 14, 2018

    By edarby11
    Overall, I’m finding Kidslox to be a useful, easy way to have limits on my daughter’s screen usage. The weekly reports are informative and give me assurance that she is not abusing her screen time. Controlling it all from my phone is great and so convenient. I also like the ability to add or remove time on the set daily limits. I use that a lot for when she earns more time by doing chores. One improvement that could be made would be to have the ability to shut down text and phone calls during certain hours, except for emergencies. Because while I can set a daily limit and control app usage so that even if she has more time before she reaches the limit she can’t use it after a certain time at night, she can still text freely for hours on end and I have no able to track or limit that. So I still have to confiscate her phone every evening so she isn’t up all night texting her friends. I wish there was a way to set limits on texting too other than taking away her phone. But overall, it is a good app and I’m happy I bought the lifetime subscription so I can also use it when my younger children get phones when they are older.
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  • Purchasing lifetime subscription May 19, 2018

    By ELSun
    I really like this app. I also own the Circle and used that for a few months but then my brother in law introduced me to Kidslox. I tried the 14 day trial period and today is the day it expires. I had to decide if I wanted to keep using Kidslox. And I decided to go for it. I love how I am not limited to the WiFi in my house and I can still control my kids devices outside of the house. For the most part everything works smoothly except the timer. For example I generally allow my kids 2 hours of iPad a day. The devices do lock after 2 hours but the timer keeps running for some reason. There are times it shows my kids were on for 3,4,5 plus hours. Which is confusing and when I want to give them more time I have to extend out to the end of day instead of just 30 min or 1 hour. Are we doing something wrong how come the timer keeps running? Other than that I believe I love the app... look forward to more features and upgrades. Thanks Update Comment: Is there a pause button? It would be great if there was the ability to pause my children’s iPad instead of having to put it in lock mode.
    more
  • Good start and shows promise Nov 24, 2017

    By ninjapod
    I’ve been using the app now for the 14 day trial and decided to subscribe. I’ve been a Qustodio user and gave another iOS app a try, Screen Time. They just were not meeting my expectations for iOS management. What is winning for me is the user interface on my phone. It’s easy to manage the accounts and changes are a breeze. From my review, there are some things missing, like the ability to schedule texting access, but this cannot be an easy feat to overcome with Apple. Qustodio does this, but there are compromises. I can parent around this for now. Kidslox is in active development which means they are working on and delivering new features. So, if something is missing, suggest it directly to them. I work with development teams, and we LOVE to get nice, thoughtful feedback so we know what to build! Whining and complaining about an app just makes you look like a dunce and motivates no one to work on your features. Keep up the good work and I look forward to new releases!
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  • Really useful but sometimes not Jul 29, 2019

    By Val_Wafflez
    I really like this app even though im a kid, it tells me when to get off my phone at the right moment. My dad usually puts it for 12:30 PM And that is cool because before i even got this app I was so addicted to my phone that i would use it for the whole day Even night! But with this app it has saved my life. I can play with my toys again! But there is a few bugs that you must fix. 1. The VPN just goes off sometimes but i dont know why! I tell my dad and when he tries switching it back on it wont work! 2. When ever i go to school (im in middle) i text my dad to put child mode on so i can search up answers and or stuff to help me while im in class, the internet is SO slow that by the time it gets on my phone, the class is over! You really need to fix these bugs to make parents or kids experiences better, either than that thanks for making this app!
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  • The best parental control tool Feb 10, 2021

    By Ocean25wave
    I waited some time to submit a review because it took me awhile to fully use its features and kidslox improved and fixed bugs over time. I admit there has been some frustrating moments when the app glitched but compared to other tools I tried, it’s still the most effective and easy to use. The ability to lockdown individual apps as well as whitelist others is nice. The schedules and time limit functions are good. I love the new reward feature, haven’t used yet but I could see it being very attractive. I just wished I could see usage for each app or do limits for types of apps but for that I have to use screen time. When paired with iOS screentime, it’s pretty powerful. Just make sure the two are in sync or iOS will cancel out kidslox. If I could rate a 4.5 I would.
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  • PC app required for set up & its a pain Oct 15, 2019

    By Laurapoo13
    I downloaded this app a year ago, tried the free version and eventually paid for premium subscription. I was able to successfully restrict access to certain apps, inappropriate content and screentime for my daughters phone very well. I gave for the success of that time. However, we upgraded phones recently and the set up has been so very difficult!! In order to set up premium features it now requires me to download the PC app as well. Well, whatever it tries to download NEVER downloads and stay stuck at 5%. i have tried downloading again, rebooted, deleted and reinstalled and never manage to finish set up because its get stuck at 5% download. PC app is so irritating. Wish I could do everything thru the phone app like I did before in my initial set up. I tried reaching out for help and haven’t heard back in two days. Didn’t get an auto response acknowledging my email so I’m not sure if anyone will eventually get back to me. *Update* i eventually received a response and they tried getting more info to fix it. Replied back and said that it had been fixed and they released a new ISO version BUT it still doesn’t download past 5%. I really liked this but I can no longer use my paid subscription and only get watered down features that are hardly helpful on their own. It doesn’t seem a fix is coming before my subscription expires, so I definately won’t be renewing to $50 subcription.
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  • Dec 16, 2020

    By J-M 1
    Kidslox has been working great for a few years. Now on new device Kidslox app can be accessed without pin and settings changed while I'm child mode. If there is a fix for this please let me know
  • Meh Aug 14, 2018

    By Liv_y
    I downloaded this app because I wanted to restrict use of certain apps. At first it seemed good, but after it goes into lock down mode the apps disappear, once out of lockdown mode they reappear. The only problem is that if you don’t download the other thing all the apps reappear in a random order. The other thing would not download on my phone so I didn’t think it would be an issue. Until later I found myself reordering my apps. I then deleted this app because I didn’t want it anymore, 30min later my phone shut off and I opened my phone to find that the app somehow re downloaded itself and went into lockdown mode again reordering my apps randomly. I finally figured out how to delete it by looking it up and going into the settings. If you download this app and the app icon thing won’t download, don’t get it. Other than the apps problem, the app seemed ok there are definitely some other minor bugs that need to be fixed though, so I would not pay until they are fixed.
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  • Great app with one serious flaw Feb 14, 2019

    By conorjennings
    I’ve used Kidslox as a paid service for nearly a year now and wanted to share my experience and why I’ve chosen to stop using it. The sole reason is that the Kidslox app blocks location tracking on my kid’s phones when they are on cell network only. It works fine when they are on WiFi. I’ve contacted the company several times and reported these issues yet no resolution has been made. I’ve used Kidslox on 4 different devices since both my kids upgraded phones mid year. They had iPhone 6s, 8s and more recently Xr. We’ve tried it in multiple locations. Sometimes it works but most times it only show “offline” or “no location available” when both kids are in “child mode” on their devices. Anyways I was hoping Kidslox could have fixed it. In fact they even reported they couldn’t recreate this bug? My wife (iPhone 8plus) couldn’t track them either. So I uninstalled the app on all family devices and straight away I was able to see location of my kids again whenever they’re away using the iOS native ‘find my phone” or “find my friends” apps. Everything else with Kidslox worked fine but the location glitch is our reason for cancelling this service as it is a serious flaw for parents who want to keep track of kids outside the house. Hope this feedback helps. I’d sign up again if this bug is actually fixed this time. Thank you
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  • Nov 4, 2020

    By Hibur kids stuff
    FRUSTRATING! We have 2 kids, 2 parents. The 2 parents each want to have the ability to control the 2 kids tablets from their phones. We have tried and tried and nearly flung the phones put of the window. Why is it so hard to enable the ability to do this? We don't want it to fall to one parent to control things all the time. Both need to be able to change limits settings apps etc.
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  • Dec 24, 2020

    By Andrea Tomasek
    I'm likely more frustrated with Apple than I am with this app. You cannot block most of what you'd want to block from a young child. I thought I had to pay in order to get that ability but it still doesn't work. Also - no clear way to see what apps they're accessing. Installation was easy & it's likely good for teenagers. If you want to lock it down for young kids to just stick to their games this isn't it.
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  • Dramatically reduced my stress level until it didn’t work at all. Also some functions Feb 22, 2019

    By DanaWalsh
    This app has been great! It is easy to use and has dramatically reduced the arguments over the electronics in my house, making my home life much happier. Instead of me saying “you have 30 minutes or 1 hour” to play on whatever device, then yelling and fighting ensuing when time is up, I can simply set a time limit in the Kidslox app and when it’s done it’s done. I don’t have to do or say anything else. Yay! It has also made it so that there is no sneaking the device when my child is not supposed to be on it. Also Yay! I like the ability to limit accessibility of certain things, though honestly I don’t use that function as much as limiting and restricting time. Finally I like that the full app is reasonably priced after the trial period. My only issue so far is that the app locks all the programs, other than talk or text. It would be nice to be able to restrict some programs like games while allowing others like music. Then day 5 it would not let me unlock my child’s phone from any location or his tablet. Great idea, but not the best setup.
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  • Update destroyed this app Oct 7, 2019

    By comprof
    I wrote a review the other day but it seems to have disappeared. I’ve been using this app for at least a year and a half and it’s been fabulous. With this new update and the requirement to connect to a desktop to get the premium content working again, it’s been a complete disaster. I spent over two hours the other night trying to get this re-installed and working on my child’s iPad. I kept getting messages from the desktop version that it wasn’t working. Eventually I got it in installed only to realize this morning that whenever I click on an icon to block some thing it doesn’t “take.” I’ve read other reviews in which people said the customer service is horrible so I’m not about to waste God knows how much time trying to email back-and-forth with somebody who’s likely going to just tell me to turn my device back on and off and uninstall and reinstall the app. I’m done and now looking for a new app. What a waste. They should’ve just left well enough alone.
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  • Feb 2, 2021

    By Sarah Hill
    Worked great for a bit, now it just continually keeps playing up. Does not ask for the PIN on my child's phone so she can go in and change anything she likes. Kidslox just says to delete and reinstall, 3 times now, and it stops working again after 3 days. They won't refund my money as I paid a lifetime subscription, $160 down the drain!! Hoping they'll do the right thing and reimburse me for an app I cannot use.
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  • Feb 13, 2021

    By Simonas Vaitkevicius
    Maybe somebody can suggest another screen controling apps? This app crashes every time with every new update. STOP releasing new updates !!! Nobody needs stupid functions like "Time rewards" or anything else. If I need to add extra time, I'm just adding it. I need normal working app without crashes. Controlling devices: iPad Pro 10.5, 11, 12.9
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  • Scary, never downloading this again Jun 16, 2018

    By Suspicions jjang mans M
    At first I thought this app was shady as it asked for some management control which I understand from the contexts of using this app you have to give up some control. Now I did check the reviews before I downloaded this app, and I decided to give it a chance. After downloading, I followed instructions for the files and powering off your phone situation but I’m not sure if it worked properly which might explain why this happens, so I was brushing my teeth some notification popped up and I clicked to open my phone to find all my apps deleted!! This was impossibly frightening, my privacy was exploited and I felt extremely vulnerable like I’ve been hacked. This was even more freaky as I had deleted the app after following instructions for power off your phone because I didn’t want to indulge in such complex stuff and it was getting increasingly more “shady”. But Thankfully the internet helped me as I searched up how to get rid of the app completely by going to settings and etc. ALL IN ALL BE AWARE OF WHAT YOUR DOWNLOADING AND DO IT PROPERLY. (I didn't want to rate this app because I know a lot of effort probably was put into producing it but from my traumatic experience I just want to warn some customers I also understand this worked for some other customers perfectly but I didn’t for me)
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  • Don’t try this as an accountability study aid. Aug 19, 2020

    By tmoff325
    I downloaded this as a way to make it slightly more difficult to use distracting apps while studying. I was careful to change the settings to allow everything but the two apps I wanted to restrict. It worked initially, but I noticed my gmail in my email app would not stay logged in. I couldn’t log back in until I put the app back into parent mode. This became too annoying so I just left it on parent mode to get some work done. I should have just deleted it right away. Later that day about 90% of the apps on my iPad randomly disappeared. I thought maybe it was the app so I went into settings to remove the blocker and sure enough they reappeared. Only thing is it deleted my organization and dumped all the apps out of my folders so now I’m stuck manually rearranging everything the way I had it. These things might not be a big deal if the app were being used to safeguard a child’s recreational tablet. But I am a professional student and rely heavily on my iPad for school. It is essentially my textbooks, notebooks, folders, etc. The app has some potential if some of these more serious bugs were fixed. But I will not use it again for my purposes for fear of it deleting anything.
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  • Dec 23, 2020

    By Kevin Hatch
    Warning! False Windows PC claim. It does not work. Kidslox support said it was coming in a later update, but could not say when. They also said my membership would be canceled and refunded, but they kept charging me. Buyer beware.

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