Uncensored internet access is the greatest threat around the home that is less child-friendly. The quest to ensure that our children aren't exposed to the very worst content, ideas and behaviour that exists online tops the list of parents’ desires for their children to stay safe always, anywhere. A combination of dual purpose monitoring and blocking software which would enhance parental control helps to make the lives of parents much easier especially in ensuring the safety of their children online. Best parental control tools enhance the safety of children online.
There are parental control applications that would enable you to set rules and time schedules, block pornography, dangerous game websites, known child unfriendly websites and other unsuitable contents.
Social media protection
Lockdown on time limitations
Protect children from cyber-bullying and online threats
Inability for kids to tamper with settings on their computers and phones
Kid’s inability to uninstall protection software on their computers and phones
Protect and monitor children always even when they are away from home
Ability to send feedback to parents in form of sms or email
Lockout children from identified websites
There are free parental control softwares as well as paid premium parental control softwares.
Webshadow is a non-profit organization that has developed the software to to help parents monitor their child’s web activity so they can guide them better. Webshadow monitors online activities of all users on the phone or personal computers where the application is installed. It keeps track of the website your child has visited. It can also send you real time alert on your email or mobile if your child is browsing unsafe searches or websites such as Porn, Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling or Social Networking.
Webshadow does not block specific websites, instead it monitors browsing activities and give you instant alert and daily report of your child’s browsing activities. The software and membership subscription are completely free of charge as at the time of this article.
Initial set up:
Note: Once installed, you will not be able to browse anything on the internet until you login as a Parent or as a Child. If you are logged in as a Parent, your browsing activities will not be tracked. If you want to start tracking, you will have to log in on a child’s account.
If you are downloading this on a mobile device such as iOS or Android, you will need to go to the App store.
How to use your webshadow account:
Screen Time Parental Control
Screentimelabs developed Screen Time, a free parental control software which lets you manage the time your kids spend on their personal computers and smart phones.
Features of screen time parental control
✔ Screen Time has an app timer that lets you set a daily time limit on the apps you want to restrict
✔ Block games at bedtime, but allow reading apps
✔ Block all apps when your children ought to be asleep
✔ Block social apps and games, but allow educational apps during school hours
✔ Time for lunch? Push a button on your phone, and your kids will be timed out from their devices. No more begging, bribing, or shouting!
✔ Kids used up today's Screen Time? If they tidy their room you can reward them with bonus time from the convenience of your own device. Add as many different tasks and chores as you like - you'll be amazed how your kids start to manage their time responsibly!
✔ What's Chubby doing on his device? What web sites is he visiting? What apps is he using? What apps is he spending most time on? Keep track of what they are up to from the convenience of your own device.
✔ Block certain apps completely. Get an alert whenever your kids install a new app
✔ Completely deprive your children from installing new apps
Screen Time Premium
Screen Time is free to use to monitor your family's devices for as long as you like. When you first setup Screen Time you get a 14 day free trial of Screen Time Premium which allows you to manage and limit your family's device usage. After your trial you can continue to use Screen Time Premium with monthly subscription.
Its creators would really like you to subscribe to the paid-for Premier version, but the free edition of Norton Family is an excellent tool to support you in protecting your kids online.
You can block inappropriate web content and monitor the kids' online activities, see what they've been searching for and how often they've been on Facebook (and whether they're using a fake name or age), ensure they don't accidentally give out personal information, and lock down your internet connection at specific times.