Top 5 Parental Control Apps

The Internet has proved out to be a fabulous source for finding information. To provide a safe internet usage for your child in the world of unlimited access over the internet is a tough task. But however, you can have a control of what your child is exposed to when using the gadgets like smartphones. Here are the 5 apps which let parents to filter the content for their child on Android phones, restricting app purchases on Play store, setting time limit for usage, and also monitoring texts, calls and internet activity.

  1. Kids Place

It is simply an application launcher which opens a completely customized interface, so that your child can access only the apps you have selected, and you have an option to filter out apps you don’t want them to use. It also provides blocking new installation for apps, accessing the Android marketplace, and in app purchasing. In order to open and close this app, a four digit passcode is required, which ensures that the child can’t gain an access on the device easily. Kids Place is suitable for young kids for whom “smartphone” functions are of no use, but instead, they will use smartphone for digitalized entertainment or accessing educational apps.

Summary:

Control for Addition of Apps by Parent: Allowed

Control for stopping In-App Purchases by Parent: Allowed

Control for Accessing Marketplace by Parent: Allowed

Filtering Content which can be viewed on Internet: Allowed

Time Limit Usage: Not Allowed

No Texting When Driving: Not Allowed

Ideal for Teenagers or Kids: Kids

  1. Norton Family

 

This app lets you view which websites have been visited by your kid/child. It allows you to easily restrict accessing pornographic material or inappropriate sites by your child and also setting up alerts via email which will send a notification to you whenever an attempt to open restricted material has been made, something which your child shouldn’t. If you purchase the premium membership, you get to see the logs of SMS’s, restricting apps to be downloaded or even blocking any app.

Summary:

Control for Addition of Apps by Parent: Allowed

Control for stopping In-App Purchases by Parent: Not Allowed

Control for Accessing Marketplace by Parent: Allowed

Filtering Content which can be viewed on Internet: Allowed

Time Limit Usage: Not Allowed

No Texting When Driving: Not Allowed

Ideal for Teenagers or Kids: Teenagers

  1. Screen Time

It allows you to set the time limit for how long your child can access the device as well as providing specific or limited app usage for your child. It provides an in-built reward program for your child which can be used to earn extra time for usage by completing specific tasks like homework, chores, or practicing musical instrument. It also has a partner app from which parents are allowed to manage the settings by using their own smartphone. It doesn’t provide filtering of content to be seen. Its key feature is to block specific apps in accordance with time. So, you have the option to block games at evening but at the same time allow educational apps and then finally block every app when it’s late at night or bed time. It also lets you set a time limit daily to block access to specific apps.

Summary:

Control for Addition of Apps by Parent: Allowed

Control for stopping In-App Purchases by Parent: Not Allowed

Control for Accessing Marketplace by Parent: Allowed

Filtering Content which can be viewed on Internet: Allowed

Time Limit Usage: Allowed

No Texting When Driving: Not Allowed

Ideal for Teenagers or Kids: Teenagers

 

  1. MMGuardian

It lets parents to set customized restrictions so that your child can access only those apps which you have allowed and block the apps you want to filter out. Parents can also specify the time limit for specific app or even daily time limit to use the device for calling/texting. It also blocks messaging when driving a vehicle. It is more suitable to be used by a young teenager having own Android smartphone.

Summary:

Control for Addition of Apps by Parent: Allowed

Control for stopping In-App Purchases by Parent: Not Allowed

Control for Accessing Marketplace by Parent: Allowed

Filtering Content which can be viewed on Internet: Not Allowed

Time Limit Usage: Allowed

No Texting When Driving: Allowed

Ideal for Teenagers or Kids: Teenagers

 

  1. Parental Control Board

It allows parents to manage, monitor, and also track their child’s browsing activities on their smartphone. It will automatically monitor the list of apps installed on the smartphone and parents are allowed to restrict any of the apps like Google Play or YouTube, if required. It also provides the exact location of the child so that you are aware of where your child is, and can even control calls and messages of their smartphone. Parents can also choose to whitelist /blacklist phone numbers to allow/reject calls or SMS.

Control for Addition of Apps by Parent: Allowed

Control for stopping In-App Purchases by Parent: Not Allowed

Control for Accessing Marketplace by Parent: Allowed

Filtering Content which can be viewed on Internet: Not Allowed

Time Limit Usage: Not Allowed

No Texting When Driving: Not Allowed

Ideal for Teenagers or Kids: Both

 

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