3 Best Parental Control Software In 2021 | Monitoring Kids’ Screen Time

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Parental Control Software

Parental Control Software / Apps helps to monitor or limit your Kids/Family’s PC or Mobile Screen time

With these parental control apps (for PCs and mobiles), you can prevent your children from spending too much time on their phones and tablets.

  1. Kaspersky Safe Kids – parental control software

Kaspersky Safe Kids is similar to Qustodio. The app that appears on your child’s device, and the one that appears on your device, is the same as with most parental control applications. Through linking them together, you can limit their access to content, limit specific apps based on time, age, or category, and determine how much time each of them can spend on the device.

Pros

  • An alert system that monitors the location
  • SafeSearch for YouTube

Cons

  • iPads and iPhones are very limited in terms of control

The free version includes all of these features, but if you want even more options, you can upgrade to the Premium suite for £14.99/$14.95 (for the first year), making it cheaper than some of its rivals. Subscription rates increase after the first year.

If you choose the paid option, you’ll be able to follow your child’s location and even set safe boundaries for them. Should this be left, both parties will receive notification that this has taken place. A useful feature is the battery tracker, which shows how much battery life a child’s device still has. There’s also social network monitoring, but again, it’s essentially useless since kids don’t use Facebook.

Keeping your family safe from some of the nastiest elements online is made easy with Kaspersky Safe Kids. You can download the apps from the App Store for PCs, Macs, Androids, and iOS, although iPhones and iPads are limited.

We ensure all MAC problems are resolved immediately, so you can work on and monitor the device as efficiently as possible.

  1. Net Nanny – parental control software

With its specific aim to keep children safe online, Net Nanny has been around for a long time. The app began on Windows, but now it also works on Android, iOS, macOS, and Amazon Fire devices.

Pros

  • A great web filtering service
  • Support via live chat

Cons

  • Can’t set a time limit for apps
  • Location monitoring needs to be improved

With its specific aim to keep children safe online, Net Nanny has been around for a long time. The app began on Windows, but now it also works on Android, iOS, macOS, and Amazon Fire devices.

Its focus is to filter unsavory and unsafe content from the Internet, as its name implies. Moreover, it tells you which search terms your children are using (this is a good way to see if they are being bullied or experiencing other unpleasant things). There’s a block on pornography, as well as the ability to block certain categories or websites.

You can limit screen time via the parental control app, which also allows you to schedule when the internet will be available throughout the day. After bedtime, the apps on your phone or tablet will all be locked down, meaning that you won’t be able to sneak them into their room. This can all be relaxed quickly via the control app, which means good behavior can be rewarded with an extended online session.

The only way to control apps is to block or allow them (and on iOS, you only have control over the App Store list – which is only a little over 100 apps).  Parents will find it difficult to limit how long their kids can use them, which will be a deal-breaker for some.

There is also a geo-fencing location tracker that allows you to be alerted whenever the child arrives or leaves. Locations cannot be set up in advance; they must be chosen from those they have already visited. There is no way to specify a distance from that location: it’s either the default or nothing.

The Net Nanny tool will notify you whenever your child searches for trigger words (usually drugs, suicide, and other frightening sites), and you’ll receive regular reports summarizing how your child uses the web and apps.

It costs £49.99/$54.99 for the 5-device Family Protection Pass, but if you have more than one PC you will almost certainly need the package. It becomes much more expensive when you reach 20 devices.

  1. Norton Family – parental control software

Norton security software, like antivirus protection, is synonymous with the Norton brand. So it should come as no surprise to learn that it protects children as well. Norton Family Premier features a comprehensive set of tools to prevent kids from straying too far from the path. Only when they use the right device will they remain safe.

Pros

  • No limit on the number of devices covered
  • The price is reasonable

Cons

  • Apple iPads and iPhones are subject to limited control
  • Macs are not supported
  • Social media monitoring is not allowed

Norton security software, like antivirus protection, is synonymous with the Norton brand. So it should come as no surprise to learn that it protects children as well. Norton Family Premier features a comprehensive set of tools to prevent kids from straying too far from the path. Only when they use the right device will they remain safe.

There is no support for Macs, and most of the features only exist as part of the Screen Time feature included in iPhones and iPads.

In addition to the obligatory content filters, time management functions, and monitoring of searches and websites, there are also options to block apps and websites. The summary reports provide a deeper understanding of online behavior by showing the breakdown of all this information.

One interesting feature is a YouTube video content monitor, which displays what the user is watching on YouTube. Each one includes snippets, so you can determine whether they are the kind of things you want your child to consume.

Family Premier views each device individually, so you set each limit for each device individually, even though you can set up half-hourly intervals for the child to use the device(s). While Qustodio’s approach may intrigue you, we also like the way it syncs between devices, letting you better manage your kid’s Roblox time no matter what device they use.

You’re able to control the settings as well as monitor your child’s usage regardless of which device you’re using, along with an app (which can be used by a parent).

There is only one system with ‘School Time’, which stops distractions (such as blocking games) while the child is using the device to complete schoolwork. This was designed primarily for remote learning during lockdown but remains useful if the device is used for homework even after lockdown is over.

You can track a child’s location, but not monitor their social activities, so you cannot see what your child does on TikTok, Instagram, or other social apps.

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