2016’s Best Mobile Apps for Parental Control

Using the following apps, you can stop your kid’s tablet or smart-phone from turning into a gateway to the dark side of the Internet.

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If the Internet can be frightening for adults, imagine how it can traumatize a child! Having a parental control utility installed on your computers can protect your children from unwanted online activity. However, kids use more than the family PC to get online. Today, tablets, smart-phones, and similar mobile devices are the toys many youngsters use when they want to use social media, surf the webs, download apps and instant message. Each one of those platforms can expose kids to some scary digital places.

 

 

The good news is that such terrors can be regulated. Tools for parental control are readily accessible for mobile device use. Several of these apps are also found in iOS devices, but they tend to be more effective on Android-powered platforms due to Google’s lax restrictions on what can and can’t be done. With that said, tools that are effective on computers aren’t always as effective on mobile apps. To keep your kids’ Android devices secure and safe, consider using the following apps:

 

You Can’t Put a Price on a Child’s Safety

 

We’ve checked out a quartet of parental control apps for Android devices: Mobicip, Net Nanny, Norton Family Parental Control, and Qustodio Parental Control. Net Nanny provides an individual subscription for Android apps for about $13 annually. To use the other apps, users must buy complete packages, which include both app and PC protection. Prices for those range from $40 to $50 annually. You certainly get your money’s worth, as these packages safeguard multiple devices for your kids. All four of the programs offer a free trial, allowing you to try out the software on an Android app first.

 

To unlock their full potential, most of these apps warrant you to use the website interface. The apps properly presume that the device to be protected is for a child and not an adult. Mobicip provides customization through its Monitor app, but you’ll need to use the web interface to access advanced features, like scheduling how much time your kids can spend online, or view weekly reports. Qustodio and Net Nanny will send parents to the Web interface within the mobile browser, which can be overwhelming on the screen of a smart-phone. Out of the four of them, however, Norton’s app seemed to provide the full features of its web interface in a separate mobile app.