Parental control apps make the Internet clean for kids by filtering inappropriate content and explicit material on websites. This is achieved by changing the browser currently being used (which warrants permission changes within the Android OS’ Accessibility Services), or by making children use a separate browser. Each approach is completely effective. Several browsers can even accommodate HTTPS, so children can’t get past them with proxy modification.
By default, these web filtering tools will block inappropriate content, such as excessive violence, porn, and profanity. They additionally permit parents to tailor the filtering based on what they deem suitable for their kids to see. The intricate details of these filters vary depending on the service. Most apps have a filtering preset selection to choose from based on the age of the child. You can allow a teenager to view a sex education video while blocking it from someone ten years younger to see. Net Nanny has a feature for censoring profanity, rather than covering up the entire screen when an inappropriate comment is spoken. It also allows you to block specific types of content, such as adult cartoons or violent sports. In addition to monitoring what your kids are looking at, these apps also let you make exceptions for websites you block. This is particularly useful if you have children of assorted ages.
Social media filtering is a major aspect of parental control apps. Twitter, Facebook, and similar social networking sites can subject children to physical or emotional bullying. These sites can be completely blocked if desired, but tools provided by software developers like Qustodio and Norton permit use under digital supervision. Such features consist of tracking logged correspondence or blocking shady online friends. For more progressive protection on social media sites, consider using a dedicated app like Net Nanny Social.
Exclusive Android Features
These Android apps are connected to their web versions, and also include features that are tablet or smart-phone exclusive. Each of them allows parents to stop their children from accessing specific apps on their own devices. Several of them block new apps from being installed, and others can blacklist apps upon being downloaded. You can also choose to block the store where apps are downloaded from, or set permission regulations to allow kids to download with consent. Taking such a manual action prevents the downloading of malware, as adults are more alert to shady apps than young kids are.
Qustodio and Norton provide additional Android-centric functionality. Each of the apps can pinpoint the current location of the child to ensure they are where they’re supposed to be. Qustodio’s app, in particular, allows a child to press a large panic button, which transmits an alert to friends and family nearby, should they feel in danger.