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Top 10 Parental Control Apps

Top 10 Apps for Parental Control

The time we are living in can only be described as the age of the internet. There are very few places left globally where people don’t have access to the internet and smartphones. The phenomenon is so widespread that people are arguing to list access to the internet as a basic human right. Children of our time take the use of the internet for granted. Even at a very young age, they can use it, sometimes much better than the adults due to the exposure to the information. As with everything where the internet has so much to offer for the good of society there are some negatives associated with it especially when it comes to children. Thus, mobile phone safety for kids has become a major problem for parents. Children who use mobile phones without a proper check are not only vulnerable to predators and cyberbullying online but are also easily exposed to pornographic material and other PG content that can impart many harmful effects on their mental health as well as social behavior which are sometimes irreversible. Besides these, overuse, and addiction to mobile phone games by children can also affect negatively as they will not take interest in any other activity. Therefore, there must be some way for the parents to keep an eye and control the activities of their children on mobile phones so that they remain safe and focused online.

Parental Control Apps can be one such solution in this matter. These can be defined as ‘applications that allow you to monitor, restrict and manage the activities of your children on their mobile devices.’ Parental control apps allow you to know what your children do on their mobile phones without their knowledge by providing them to their devices. Such applications also enable you to control your child’s device through your own device. By using parental control apps, you can limit their internet access to them by allowing only specific websites on their browsers. Many applications automatically detect porn and prevent it from appearing on the screen by replacing it with white strips. Further, some of these parental control apps allow you to locate your child through GPS or set geofences that can help in the protection of your child from predators. They can also monitor your children’s social media chats and instantly send you a notification upon detection of any suspicious or inappropriate behavior, thus greatly helping in the prevention of cyberbullying. Moreover, they can also help in stopping your children from overusing mobile phones. For instance, you can simply turn off their device when you feel your children should now sleep or do something else.

In this article, we are going to discuss some of the best Parental Control Apps for Android and Parental Control Apps for iPhone that allow users to keep an eye on their children’s activities on their devices.

1. Net Nanny

Net Nanny allows you to monitor 5 devices at a time and can be a very efficient tool for controlling your child’s digital habits. It provides instant reporting of search histories, apps under the use of your child and real-time alerts on pornographic material and other PG content. Through internet filters, it limits the risk of exposure to pornographic content by blocking it. Net Nanny also allows you to limit your child’s screen time and block apps and other websites you want on your child’s device. Net Nanny also offers Instagram and Facebook parental control.

Other notable features:

• iOS/Android compatible

• Allows up to 20 devices 

Pricing:  $49.99 to $129.99 per year depending upon the number of devices you want to connect.

Visit Net Nanny website 

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2. Qustodio

Qustodio is another all-around app for parental control for iOS and android, that lets you locate your children through GPS, block inappropriate content, and set screen time limits on their device. It also allows monitoring calls, phone contacts, text messages and Facebook posts and can be very helpful in the prevention of cyberbullying. Depending upon the number of devices that you want to connect, Qustodio offers you some of the best plans that Parental Control Apps offer. If one is looking for an all-around app for a family of five at relatively low rates, one should definitely go for Qustodio.

Other notable features:

• iOS/Android compatible

• Allows up to 15 devices

Pricing: $4.58 to $11.5 per month depending upon the number of devices you want to connect.

Visit Qustodio website 

3. mSpy

mSpy is another widely used Parental Control App that allows parents to track their children’s devices, find out who they have called, read their social media chats, and view their search histories and mobile phone gallery without being detected. 

Other notable features:

• iOS/Android compatible

• Pricing: 7-day Free Trial, $11.66 to $48.99 per month depending upon the type of plan that you select.

Visit mSpy website 

4. Canopy

Canopy is also one of the best parental control app to protect your children from viewing explicit content on the internet. Its SafeSmart Internet Filter detects and eliminates explicit material before it reaches their screen. The canopy also helps you to prevent your children from sexting by allowing only specific applications on their devices. However, this app only aims at the prevention of pornography and sexting by using filters and blocking apps. It doesn’t, in any case, scan emails, text messages, phone calls, and mobile galleries, etc.

Other notable features:

• iOS/Android compatible 

• Allows up to ten devices

Pricing: 30-day Free Trial, $7.99 to $15.99 per month depending upon the number of devices you want to connect.

Visit Canopy website 

5. Kaspersky Safe Kids

Kaspersky Safe Kids is one of the best parental control apps for YouTube. Its enhanced YouTube monitoring allows you to see exactly what videos your children are watching. Kaspersky Safe Kids also offers to locate your kids through GPS tracker, monitor calls and text messages, block access to pornographic content and other applications, view Google and other search histories and set screen time limits on their device. One thing that distinguishes Kasper Safe Kids from other apps is that it offers plans at relatively lower rates than others and that it doesn’t impose a limit on the number of devices you want to connect.

Other notable features:

• iOS/Android compatible

Pricing: Free to $14.99/year

Visit Kaspersky Safe Kids website

6. OurPact

OurPact ensures the parents that they keep a track of their children’s online activities through its View-On-Demand feature. It enables them to block adult content, texting, apps and internet browsers like Safari and Chrome. By using this app, parents can also set geofences or locate their children for their security and can set screen time limits to make sure that they don’t overuse their mobile phones.

Other notable features:

• iOS/Android compatible

• Allows up to 20 devices

Pricing: Free to $6.99/month

Visit OurPact website 

7. Norton Family Premeir

Norton Family Premier is another widely used parental control app used by parents to make sure the safety of their children and that they don’t lose focus when online. It enables the parents to view their child’s watch history, block explicit content and set screen time limits.

Other notable features:

• iOS/Android compatible

• Allows unlimited devices 

Pricing: 30-day Free Trial, $49.99/monthVisit Norton Family Premier website

8. Bark

Bark is relatively new to the parental control app market but offers some of the best features out there. Bark helps monitor text messaging over 30 different apps including Facebook and YouTube by sending alerts upon the detection of any suicidal ideation or any other activity that may prove harmful to a child’s mental health and social behavior. This feature enables you to protect your children from predators, cyberbullying, and sexual content, etc. without intruding into their privacy. Like other parental control apps, Bark also allows you to manage screen time, track the device using GPS, and block inappropriate sites and apps. 

Other notable features:

• iOS/Android compatible

• Allows unlimited devices

Pricing: 7-day Free Trial, $5 to $14 per month depending upon the type of plan you choose.

Visit Bark website 

9. Mobicip

Mobicip is another widely used parental control app having 2 million users. It’s an all-around app that offers efficient monitoring of your child’s activities on social media through real-time alerts after the detection of any suspicious behavior. Mobicip also offers other important tools like website and app blocker, mobile phone tracker, and screen time manager. Plans that it offers are also relatively cheaper and flexible depending upon the number of devices one wishes to connect.

Other notable features:

• iOS/Android compatible

• Allows up to 20 devices 

Pricing: 7-day Free Trial, $2.99 to $7.99 per month depending upon the type of plan you choose.

Visit Mobicip website

10. KidLogger

KidLogger is another such app that offers almost all the necessary features for parental control at relatively cheaper rates. This app enables the parents to keep their children protected by tracking the location of their devices, by monitoring their social media chats and search histories, and by giving access to the phone gallery. Further, it keeps the parents informed about the USBs, CDs, etc. that have been connected to PCs, the most used folders and applications in the device, and other activities of their children by periodically capturing the screen.

Other notable features:

• iOS/Android compatible

• Allows up to 10 devices 

Pricing: Free to $9.67/month depending upon the type of plan you select.

Visit KidLogger website 

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Architect and writer, Sundus Siddiqui, is as passionate about designing buildings as she is about constructing words. Even though she is a full time architect but since she is always brimming with new and creative ideas, she took upon writing as another medium in order to express herself. She is a perfectionist when it comes to her buildings and words alike. To get her creative juices flowing, she likes to read and paint while drinking a lot of tea.

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