Parental Control Apps

Every day it becomes more difficult to be disconnected from the Internet. Between free Wi-Fi hotspots, affordable family data plans, and fast home connections, it seems like you have to make a calculated effort to stay offline. This is a real challenge for parents because it also becomes more difficult every day to control and monitor what our children do on the Internet and social networks. But there are too many points to block. Let me explain.

The not-so-ancient advice was, make friends with your kids on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and know what they’re up to on Instagram. This may still work in some cases, but the reality is that we need a paradigm shift. We have to admit that we have no idea what they are doing or where they are doing it. The recent wave of suicides on Facebook shows us that monitoring our children’s activity on one or two social networks is not enough. We have to stop monitoring only the applications they are using and we have to monitor the device. What do I mean by that?

To really know what’s going on, you need to be able to monitor:

  • The sites they visit
  • The applications you are using
  • How they’re being used
  • The social networks or social applications you are using
  • The photos they’re taking
  • The images you’re sharing
  • The messages you are sending and receiving
  • Understand each of the applications they have installed
  • Of course, understand the abbreviations they use to communicate via text
  • The places they physically visit

When we monitor your phone, computer, or tablet, you can see what they’re doing no matter what application they’re using. If you really want to know what’s going on in your child’s life, if they’re being bullied, if they’re being bullied, if they’re being bullied, or if they’re trying to explore sites that aren’t appropriate for their age, you need to stop pretending to know everything and become your own spy agency. How do you do that?

First, the basics. Never give an electronic device such as a smartphone, iPod Touch, iPad or other tablet and, of course, a computer to a child without adjusting the controls designed to protect them. These options vary by operating system, but the effects are generally similar, including blocking adult sites, prohibiting explicit content, using inappropriate applications such as violence games, etc.

Three applications you can use, try them to see which one works best for you:

Kidlogger

Completely free, works on computer and mobile phones. It shows you the amount of time they are using the computer or mobile phone and the list of applications used. The phone also shows the most used contacts, calls, text messages and chats.

Qustodian

Free, with fairly advanced monitoring functions for computers and mobiles and includes a control portal, it can categorize and trap visited web pages and alert parents immediately and can even block sites that are used to surf anonymously online.

Also, consider using only specialized browsers for minors. K9 is a children’s browser that uses advanced filtering systems to block inappropriate sites and searches, and if children are young, they can use an internet browser like Kidrex that already has the appropriate filters set up.

Do you monitor your children on the internet? What applications have you used to monitor your children?