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Any thoughts on what would be a good device for locking kids onto a screen within an app. Toddlers are notoriously canny for being able to hit a close button or swipe to another screen in an instant.
If you were wanting to lock them onto a screen what would be a good device.
Keeping it native I was thinking a long-swipe button like when you close down your iphone. That can't be activated with a fluke move.
Or even just a small toggle slide button, maybe a set of two that you've got to swipe.
Other thoughts that wouldnt be native could be to drag a shape into another shape?
Passcode wouldnt work as dont want to cover the current screen, need to keep them on it.
Thought about drawing a specific shape - like logging onto android phone..
Any suggestions of other devices that'd be subtle, simple but not able to be fluke unlocked by kids random swipes?
Interesting challenge... My first thought was along the lines of the shape drawing, but adding a long press before hand to activate. When I think about household things being childproof, it usually requires one action to happen before, or in conjunction with, another to unlock/open it - pushing down before twisting, pushing in tabs before pulling etc...
I like the thinking, yes, good to think about how the childproofing of bottles, cupboard doors etc works.
The long press is a good shout. Our wee 2.5yo has a little camera I got her from eBay, to turn it on you need to press and hold for like 3-4 seconds. It took her a few months to get this sussed and can now turn it on with ease. But its definitely not something a younger kid could do by fluke.
I'd thought about the shape drawing too. Perhaps the app presents you with either a circle, square or triangle at random and you have to draw that shape to unlock. Could be really subtle too, when you longpress on the screen a small shape appears bottom of screen and you draw it large on screen (first time you do this you get a prompt explaingin what to do). The shape could even animate as if to suggest drawing :)
Kids shouldn't be on screens.