The Ily phone lets kids make video calls without using the scary internet

The internet is great because it makes it easy to stay in touch with friends and family, but it can also be a scary place, especially for kids. They can surf to smutty websites or end up chatting with strangers. Not good. The people behind a new product, Ily, think they have a way for kids to use all the good of the internet without all the bad. Ily works similarly to FaceTime, Skype, and WhatsApp, which is basically to say that it allows for video calling. Insensi, the company behind the device, says the difference between its product and an app is how users are segmented off from the internet, which it thinks makes it ideal for kids. The "family phone" relies on Ily's app to make calls over Wi-Fi, and users can only call people who have already been added to their contacts. Amazon's Alexa also allows for voice controls, and it can load Spotify separately.