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.

VISR review – social media monitoring strikes the right balance

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VISR is a social media and e-mail monitoring tool that alerts you when there is questionable activity on your child’s social media or e-mail account. Unlike other monitoring tools, you won’t see everything. VISR only alerts you to potentially unsafe activity and not every little detail. Your kids won’t feel so much like you’re stalking them, and you won’t be overwhelmed with too much information.

Copilot Family parental controls help parents manage kids’ tech use

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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

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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.

Care4teen Parental control monitoring software review

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Care4teen is parental control software for Windows or Android devices. With Care4teen you can monitor what your children are doing on their computer or device, including watching recorded video of their actions. You can put the wisdom of the Care4teen community – or “Care Groups” – behind you when restricting web sites. This is the only “crowd sourced” monitoring software I’m aware of. As other parents rate websites, the software adapts and blocks sites that community at large has deemed inappropriate.

The Distractions of Technology: 5 Things to Be Aware of as a Babysitter

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We all love our technological gizmos and entertainment on the go. However, there is a time and place where these distractions are welcomed. Babysitting, unfortunately, isn’t one of them. Now that summer is here, families may need to use babysitters more often. Here are some tips for sitters to keep in mind. [This is a guest post by Rachel Thomas of babysitting.net.]

Social Media and reputation monitoring with uKnowKids and Reppler

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By the time your teen is sending in their college applications or pounding the pavement for a job, they may have created numerous profiles on sites from Facebook to Twitter, Instagram to Tumblr. You might be worried about what they are sharing, who they are interacting with, and the activities they are involved in online. Any comment, status update, photo or “like” contributes to their online reputation. Here are a few tools available to help monitor your social media “reputation” – and your teen’s.

AppCertain – App download notification system keeps parents in the know

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By now you’ve heard about all the latest and greatest apps, from Instagram and Kik to the 6-second video sharing site called Vine. And you’ve wondered: are my kids using those apps? If you’ve got younger children you might have restricted them from downloading apps, or you’ve set them up with your Apple ID so they need you, keeper of the password, when they’re ready to try out a new game. However, if your kids are older or you haven’t set up these safeguards, it could be anything goes in the App Store. That’s the kind of situation where AppCertain could be your new friend.