ZAC Browser

ZAC Browser 1.5

Skill-boosting browsing for autistic children

Most of us browse the web many times a day without giving it a second thought, but for people who suffer from disorders in the autistic spectrum, it becomes a much more difficult experience. View full description

PROS

  • Very attractive presentation
  • Specifically designed with autistic children in mind
  • Range of activities
  • Compatible with Wii remote control
  • Forum for support issues

CONS

  • No configuration options
  • No way of checking where content comes from

Very good
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Most of us browse the web many times a day without giving it a second thought, but for people who suffer from disorders in the autistic spectrum, it becomes a much more difficult experience.

With autistic children, the challenge is twofold - protecting them from the dangers of the Internet, as well as providing them with an browsing experience that is in line with their needs. ZAC browser is a tool that aims to meet both requirements.

ZAC Browser is a Internet browser that provides children with a limited and specially designed way to surf the net. Once open, it can only be closed by using the ctrl + L shortcut, and, while is it active, users are only able to access content within the boundaries set by the program.

This content is pre-programmed and designed to attract the younger eye. The ZAC Browser mouse leaves a trail of stars, fish swim around the screen and butterflies land on open windows. There are roughly five areas to explore within ZAC Browser - drawing, interactive stories, songs, music and games. All of these areas can be explored further, with many more options within each category.

The browser itself is not modifiable - there are no configuration options - and although I looked hard, I couldn't find a full description of the content. The options I tried seemed very appropriate for children, but as there doesn't seem to be a definitive list of providers, any prospective parent would have to either trust ZAC Browser or individually check each option, a potentially time-consuming task.

In all, I was impressed by ZAC Browser, although using it feels more like a computer game than an Internet experience. Although it is specifically for autistic children, I'm sure other young children would enjoy it too. Unfortunately, I didn't have any children, autistic or not, to test it on. Despite this, it is definitely worth a try. If you do manage to find the right testers, let us know how it goes!!

ZAC Browser, an admirable attempt to make the Internet accessible for autistic children.

ZAC Browser

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ZAC Browser 1.5

— User reviews — about ZAC Browser

  • jacky0078

    by jacky0078

    "Great Browser"

    My child is 9 years old he is server autistic, adhd, develop mentally delayed, also has PICA disease he first came to me... More.

    reviewed on July 19, 2012

  • Kivini

    by Kivini

    "Thank you so much for Zac Browser!!"

    My son Ryan is on the ASD spectrum. He has always been interested in the computer and the cbeebies website etc. However ... More.

    reviewed on July 18, 2012

  • petepan21

    by petepan21

    "FAN OF Zac Browser ! "

    My son LOVES Zac Browser! He used it at school this past year and learned all these new songs on it. I asked his teacher... More.

    reviewed on July 18, 2012

  • BakerDusty

    by BakerDusty

    "a wonderful tool"

    I just wanted to say that I think Zac Browser is a wonderful tool. I have two young sons, one with an ADHD diagnosis and... More.

    reviewed on July 18, 2012

  • AllenTeresa

    by AllenTeresa

    "My son who has low functioning autism..."

    My son who has low functioning autism, he is non verbal, severe global delay and adhd which is off the scales. He is ... More.

    reviewed on July 18, 2012

  • PeterPan353

    by PeterPan353

    "Love ZAC Browser"

    I'm in the military (USAF) in Turkey. I was recently at home during a mid tour break. I've been away for 5 months and i ... More.

    reviewed on July 18, 2012