Kidopo is a site that intends to serve as a safe, trustworthy source of entertainment for kids. They provide a number of features including an extensive catalog of online coloring pages, which utilize a very simple to use interface similar to other photo editing software, but limited to using different drawing tools, colors and tip sizes. They also offer quite a few online web-based games, and printables, such as door signs, and room decorations. Finally they have a series of videos that instructs users on how to make various crafts.
Kidopo is a relatively new website, opened on July 29, 2010. It’s a fairly simple and easy to use web-based system that appears to be aimed at children in the age range of 5-10, or younger with parental assistance. Despite the newness of the site, they do have a wide range of activities available to keep children entertained, and they do so in a way that teaches children basic computer skills while simultaneously maintaining their interest.
Kidopo allows users access to various content from colorable pictures, to games, to craft videos. Generally speaking, a parent can trust that if their child is using the features on Kidopo, that they’ll be able to experience the internet in a way that is both safe, and appropriate. Outside of the feedback forms, there are no chat rooms, or other features that parents generally want their children to avoid. Additionally the crafts and printables allow for users to work on things with their children, to truly provide a family activity that everyone can enjoy.
As is to be expected, given the target audience of children, Kidopo is quite colorful, but manages to achieve this in a tasteful and inoffensive manner. As for the layout of the site, in fairness, Kidopo is in its infancy, ergo there are going to be design flaws to be worked out. First and foremost is the menu system. On a standard widescreen monitor running at high resolution, the menus require scrolling, and even then, this often results in the menus closing in the process. This is complicated for an experienced computer user, let alone a child trying to learn the ropes. Additionally, it appears that there is some content available on Kidopo that is sure to raise some eyebrows. Specifically, in the “Aliens” section of the Coloring Pages, there are several images of aliens killing humans, one of which shows, rather surprisingly, a laser shooting a man through the heart. While an adult might be amused by this, how appropriate it is for children comes into question.
Given the nature of the site, and the target audience of children, the developers of Kidopo have certainly ensured that the experience remains an entirely anonymous one. Users are not required to register, nor can they. All of the content is available with just a few clicks, and with the exception of the feedback form, which is located inconspicuously at the bottom of the page, a name of any sort cannot be entered at all.
Being that there is no registration for Kidopo, there is also no charge for their service; however, the user is presented with a great deal of advertising at almost every turn. However, considering the services that Kidopo offers, and the fact that they do it for free, it is fair to assume that they have to make money to keep the site up somehow.
Children of course! While some of the content isn’t going to be suited to all children, it’s safe to say that most kids will find something to do on Kidopo, and most importantly, the videos available in the Crafts category ensure that both parents and children can easily find something to do together.