Heaps and mounds of spam and immoral content are worming through the internet, disguised as advertisements or wedged in online games. It’s imperative to have a parental control app installed on your children’s iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch that monitors your children’s activity and offers maximum protection from cyber crime and bullying. Here we have reviewed some great apps that come in handy when monitoring your child’s online activity and some work without their knowledge.
FREE from the App Store, easy to set up and use and does not slow down the devices. Available in three per-defined filtering levels of high school, middle school and elementary school it offers age-related restrictions for your kids, filtering out content related to violence, liquor and social networking respectively. With its Safe Search criteria, it blocks out inappropriate content in search engine results adhering to the standards set by the Family Online Safety Institute. Furthermore, it offers real-time content filtering and traffic encryption at unsecured WiFi hotspots, protecting passwords and personal information.
The key features of this app are indeed very useful when dealing with retaliating kids. You can record passwords entered, log SMS and Whatsapp conversation and even record the pasted texts. While secretly monitoring the device in stealth mode you can log the websites visited in Safari. The most exciting feature of this app is that you can capture screenshots in any interval and automatically receive all the logged and recorded information on your mail. License available for $99.95/year.
For $4.99, a very popular family friendly app that offers safety from pornography, cyber bullying and social network predators via dynamic filtering that is controlled by your settings. Allows parental control through restriction of specific keywords, games and websites and sends you emails when your kid visits an inappropriate website. No more worrying about what your kid shares on social media because this app will allow you to monitor your child’s posts and chats on Facebook.
Avail the key benefits of filtering, monitoring and time restrictions. You can block dangerous content and websites by their smart internet filtering and manage kids’ web activity in any browser while receiving alerts and usage history up to 30 days! Want to save your child from predators on social media? With Qustodio you will receive reports on social media activities and instant alerts if doubtful action is detected. With time-tracking you can limit the amount of time your child spends playing games using other apps on the device and even restrict access to certain applications. Enjoy all that from this universal app, FREE!
K9 Web Protection
This FREE app offers three key features. You can enable Safe Search to prevent access to explicit or offensive content across all browsers. This will ensure that entire categories of inappropriate content are filtered. Time sensitivity is offered via the “NightGuard” function which will block access to internet during specific times that you deem unfit for your child’s use of the device.
Appropriately named, this app is great for keeping tabs on your ‘wild child’ teen. You can monitor calls and texts from phone numbers you find suspicious and if considered dangerous, you can block those numbers from calling and texting. The time management settings also allow you to control the target iPhone/iPad by locking or unlocking them during certain time periods and set custom time restrictions to block the apps that you find inappropriate. What comes handy most often is the instant GPS feature – you can track your child’s location in real time and lock their device if they’re off to hangout with black leather clad, shady motorcyclists. [$89 per year]
The name says it all. For $8/month, one of the best apps to monitor your child’s phone activity without them knowing, it offers surveillance of multimedia, call logs, texts, iMessage, Whatsapp, Viber and even Skype and Gtalk conversations. Filter and monitor your child’s email, online and social media activity and tap into their calls and record them if you suspect they are getting into trouble. You can view their browser bookmarks, phone contacts and calendars; track their location and even listen to or record their surroundings when you’re worried about where they might be and remotely control their phone if you’re not happy about their whereabouts. All this data is available on your online control panel even when it has been deleted on the device by your savvy child.
The great key features include location tracking in real time and history, the ‘Spy Call’ facility and access to data exchange logs. Spy Call allows you to listen to your kids’ surroundings and make secret, undetected calls to ward off predators for good. You will also gain access to your child’s multimedia, calls, texts, Whatsapp, email and browser history logs. View your child’s contact details remotely and be aware of who exactly they’re befriending for $19.99.
Sounds warm and fuzzy, doesn’t it? Claiming to provide parents with peace of mind, this app manages to live up to the claim by tracking your child’s location, social media activity and alerting you when they’re going above a pre-set speed limit. Indeed, those are the three basic things every parent worries about when their child’s safety is concerned. This FREE app goes a step ahead of just online parental control and knowing where your child is, by extending a watch out over your child on the road.
With a grasp over all things social media, this app alerts you on potentially dangerous actions, such as when your children befriends a stranger online. The keylogging monitoring program is triggered by words related to cyber bullying, drugs and alcohol use – racism and even eating related disorders. Available for $10 monthly and $100 a year, it conveniently arms you with knowledge of your child’s social media activity in entirety.
This app blocks websites based on various categories. You can opt for three predefined levels of low, medium or high filtration and filtering for each type of media can be customized accordingly. You can manage up to 10 different profiles with customized settings on different devices, each carrying its own licensed copy. You can get it for just $49.99.
Allows access to email, IM and social media monitoring. The keylogger function can alert you instantly if a word defined by you as inappropriate is entered or even viewed. Records everything your children search for in all the search engines, along with details of websites visited so you can view it later. Block any programs you want to keep the kids away from and check how much time they spend on others. The most distinctive function of WebWatcher is continuous screenshots appearing in a video-style playback mode. This allows you to view emails or chats as they were being typed, rather than the final draft. Available for iOS at $24.95.