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It can go from grooming and online predation to your child being physically abused and/or taken from you.
Having open, honest communication with your children and agreeing on ground rules is the first step in protecting them.
Another way to safeguard children is to use these monitoring and parental control apps to track and manage their internet usage and protect them from harmful content.
Below are top recommendations for parental control apps to keep your family safe, listed in no particular order. Please do your research, check the software compatibility, pricing, reviews, and coverage for your family’s unique needs.
V4CR is not affiliated with any of these websites or companies. We are simply offering these recommendations that may be helpful to monitor and safeguard your children as they navigate this increasingly complicated internet age.
FamiSafe lets parents control screen time, track real-time location and detect inappropriate content on kids' devices.
Features: Live location and location history, app block features, and restricts reaching and crossing a border set by you with Geo-fence feature.
Pros: Simple and easy operation, advanced GPS tracking technology, and automatic screen control techniques.
Cons: None found yet.
Cost: Monthly: $10.99, Annually: $60.99, or Quarterly: $20.99
The app that lets you find out what they’re up to on their phone and online. And they won’t even know you’re using it.
Features: Tracks calls and internet activity, reads texts and social media chats, monitors the pics they send and receive. Automatically blocks unknown and fraud numbers, acts as an effective KeyLogger and has an invisible mode of operation.
Pros: User-friendly interface, allows access to live location, calls, contacts, and internet browsing.
Cons: No live call recording feature and you cannot lock or unlock the phone automatically.
Cost: Monthly $48.99, 3 Months $27.99/month, or Yearly $11.66/month
Monitor online activity of your kids, set up rules for time spent on the internet, playing games and type of content.
Features: Set time limits for certain apps. Filter the apps and websites accessed by your kids. SOS button. Geo-fencing and GPS location tracking.
Pros: Can filter web content, manage device apps, compatible with Windows, Mac, and Android devices.
Cons: Android only. Messages and chats on social media networks cannot be watched. Screen lock feature is unavailable.
Cost: Monthly for 1 phone: $29.99. You can add more phones but must upgrade your plan.
Know everything that happens on a computer or smartphone, no matter where you are.
Features: Intercept and interrupt in live calls. Compatible with Android, no jail-breaking for iPhone and an expert in checking instant messaging.
Pros: Provides access to phone messages and contacts. Takes screenshots of calls and messages remotely.
Cons: No free software or app. Cannot block unknown numbers remotely.
Cost: LITE: $29.95 for 1 month, PREMIUM: $68/month, EXTREME: $199/month
The all-in-one parental control and digital wellbeing solution
Features: Monitor multiple mobile devices and detailed information about call and text messages.
Pros: Ease of use with simplified dashboard and account settings with help in managing multiple users.
Cons: Lacks the Geo-fencing feature.
Cost: Small plan $67.94 a year. Medium plan: $96.95 a year. Large plan: $137.95 a year.
Monitor your family’s digital habits and protect them from harmful content.
Features: Best profanity web filter that blocks bad sites and allows access to useful sites only. Effective app blocking feature to safeguard from addictive games and social media pages.
Pros: Best user-interface and simple operation. Helps in setting up age-based profiles.
Cons: Lacks in Geo-fencing and time-setting features. Time limit restriction usage feature is unavailable.
Cost: 1 Desktop $39.99 a year. 5 Devices: $54.99 a year, 20 Devices $89.99 a year.
Get help managing your child's virtual learning environment. Let kids explore; help them find balance; teach Safe habits while being online.
Features: Parents can create a list of specific school-related, educational websites that can be accessed during the school day and can customize a block list for sites they know their child spends time on that may be a distraction. Web, time, video, mobile app, and search supervision. Parent portal and mobile app, detailed monthly/weekly reports, location supervision and alerts.
Pros: Broad integration of parental control and monitoring, virus protection, and managing remote learning and device focus.
Cons: None found
Cost: Norton Family: $49.99/year
Proactively monitor text messages, YouTube, emails, and 30+ different social networks for potential safety concerns.
Features: Social media, text, email, and location monitoring. Screen time and website/category filtering, parental alerts and dedicated dashboard.
Pros: Secure encryption, alerts for issues like cyberbullying, online predators, suicidal ideation, and more.
Cons: Monitoring is limited to specific websites/apps. Some geo-location features are limited.
Cost: Jr. $5/month, Premium $14/month
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