Kids in Touch — Training Wheels for Texting

Kids in Touch, a “training wheels for texting” app, announced their launch in the app store today.

Kids in Touch allows children to connect with their friends and family through the app, “while giving their parents the tools necessary to protect and teach them appropriate online behavior.”

Justin Noel, CEO for Kids in Touch, created the app out of a need that he encountered in his own family.

“We saw our kids having very little interaction with their extended family,” said Noel. “My own family is spread all over Texas. My wife’s family is all in England. So, our two boys weren’t getting a chance to interact with and form bonds with their cousins, grandparents, and local friends. I decided to do something about it and created Kids In Touch.”

Kids in Touch works on any Apple device and is easy to use for both children and parents. There are multiple security features and parents are able to monitor messages — the idea being that, by teaching children safe and appropriate messaging now, they’ll be less likely to share inappropriately when they get their first real phone.

“The current generation of teens were given a cell phone with no previous experience or supervision and are expected to behave safely and responsibly,” says Noel. “Parents today need tools to help teach their children how to interact on social media and in a connected world. With Kids In Touch, both the parents and the children learn this new world together. It helps parents be more attuned to their child’s online persona and helps children learn to deal with and expect adult supervision.”

Kids in Touch is for families and children all over the world — their current largest customer base is in Turkey.

You can download Kids in Touch in the app store. Check out their website or follow them on Twitter for more updates!

Rachel Winstead

Rachel is a freelance writer and works at Soap Hope in downtown Dallas. She hates the term "disrupt," tweets about startups, and appreciates a well-crafted hashtag.