In Parental Control Apps: Android we are taking a look at the various apps you can download from the Google Play Store to control what your child can do on their Android smartphone or tablet. There are plenty of different routes for you take, and each route will offer different features. Learn more about Android parental control apps below.
Mobile Guardian is an interesting application that gives you a web based dashboard to view all sorts of data from. You can monitor your child’s activity straight from a computer and he or she will have no idea. You can use Mobile Guardian to monitor or block certain apps, keep track of browser history and filter out websites you may not want your child to view. You can either set up a GPS tracking system and other useful parental control features.
For $4.95 a month you can gain access to My Mobile Watchdog, a smartphone parental control app that features a bunch of useful functions. Whilst this app is not hidden from the user (which means your child can see it) it’s great for blocking access to your Android at certain times in the day, such as bedtime.
You can also completely block access to different applications – this can be great for stopping your child from playing gory games or viewing unsuitable content. On top of the app blocks, there are also website filters that can be useful for stopping your child viewing websites you may not want him or her to visit.
Whilst the $4.95/month price tag is a little higher than some other options, it offers a lot of bang for it’s buck.
Sometimes, blocking content or stopping your child from getting to certain apps isn’t the way to do things. Whilst some content should definitely be blocked, other apps and games should have more lenient rules.
Thankfully Net Nanny allows you to place apps and websites into 18 different categories of severity, and you can set different effects or punishments for when your child views content within each category.
You can set up Net Nanny so that it blocks certain content or allows access, or just warns you that the activity is being performed. The great thing about Net Nanny is that it has a $4.99 one time fee, and there is even a trial version to try too!
Finally, Qustodio is a little similar to Mobile Guardian – it provides you with a web based dashboard that can let you control content and activity on an Android device. The difference wit Qustodio is that there is a free version that has very basic features. However, if you want more parental control, you must pay $44.95 a year, which is still cheaper than both Mobile Guardian and Mobile Watchdog.
Hopefully after reading Parental Control Apps: Android you now have a good idea about what applications can be useful for monitoring and controlling your child’s Android activity. We wish you luck in finding the right set of tools to keep your child safe online.