Parental Controls

Parental control software can be used on computers and devices to assist parents in keeping kids safe online. Here you'll find reviews of parental control software and tools.

Copilot Family parental controls help parents manage kids’ tech use

Copilot Family

One of the biggest challenges parents face is how to manage their children’s online access and device use. Before the rapid adoption of mobile devices it was easier – install parental controls on the family computer and you’re done. While that is still recommended, it will not help when a child’s primary computer use is on their phone or tablet. And when each child has his or her own device it is even more complicated. Luckily there are a number of parental control tools available to help enforce a healthy “tech” balance. Here’s a review of Copilot Family, a parental control tool for smartphones and tablets.

Qustodio Parental Control Software Review

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Qustodio is a parental control solution for computers and mobile devices. Full protection is available for PC’s, Mac’s as well as Android devices, with limited controls (web filtering) for iOS devices. I gave it a test run and found it to be a solid product and good option if you are looking for ways to protect your family online.

Monitor your child’s iMessages with TeenSafe

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I finally found it! An answer to the question I’ve received so many times: “Is there a way to monitor my child’s iMessages on her iPod touch/iPad/iPhone?” Up until now I did not know of a way, other than checking the device. And while some phone plans will let you monitor regular “SMS” text messages (sent through cellular service), iMessages are different; they are sent using a WiFi connection, not with a cellular connection. Here’s my review of TeenSafe.

Gearing up for the Holidays


Ah, that time of year! Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far. For me it’s been pretty busy, and you may have noticed fewer posts than usual. So while I haven’t had time to write up a new review or article this week there is still helpful information to share. Whether you are tablet shopping for the kids, wondering about parental controls on the new gaming systems, or looking for kid-safe browsers for iPods, iPads, or iPhones, I’ve got you covered.

Protect your family with Covenant Eyes

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Kids are using computers and tablets at younger ages – 38% of kids under the age of 2 have used a mobile device! And it’s common to stumble upon objectionable content when you are not looking for it, even for older kids, teens and adults. So what’s a family to do? One of the most important tools in a digital parent’s toolkit is internet filtering or monitoring software. There are many to choose from, and recently I tested Covenant Eyes. Covenant Eyes is internet accountability and filtering software for computers, tablets and mobile devices.