Smartphones have captured the hearts of adults and children alike across the globe. Available with a plethora of features and in various price ranges, they are now affordable by just about anyone. The ability to access the Internet while on the move is without dispute the key reason there has been a strong preference for these devices. With the world at your fingertips, what more could you possibly ask for? While adults are capable of deciding for themselves how to use the smartphone safely, the usual Internet threats continue to linger when children use this gadget. If you are one of those parents who allow your child to own a smartphone, then there are some steps that you must take to assure his or her safety. To put your concerns at ease and avoid being sorry later, we suggest that you use a few parental control apps. We present below a few such apps for you to get started.

Available with a plethora of features and in various price ranges, they are now affordable by just about anyone. The ability to access the Internet while on the move is without dispute the key reason there has been a strong preference for these devices. With the world at your fingertips, what more could you possibly ask for? While adults are capable of deciding for themselves how to use the smartphone safely, the usual Internet threats continue to linger when children use this gadget. If you are one of those parents who allow your child to own a smartphone, then there are some steps that you must take to assure his or her safety. To put your concerns at ease and avoid being sorry later, we suggest that you use a few parental control apps. We present below a few such apps for you to get started.

FamilyTime

Kids are curious and parents can’t monitor their activity non stop, no matter if they’re watching television and changing channels until they bump into disturbing images, or if they’re navigating the internet and ending up on adult websites. It’s hard to be a parent and to control your child or teenager, when leaving your phone unattended and having the impression that nothing will go wrong. The internet is full of dangers, so it’s better to take precautionary measures.

This is a popular parental control application that can be installed on both Android and iOS and the parents can use it to decide what applications are available for their children, while Access Control has extra features, such as message and call monitoring, alongside the ability to limit the screen time.

Restricted Profile Can Be Created On Tablets

If you have a tablet that runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and later, you can create a separated profile and manage restricted permissions. This can be done by heading to Settings and scrolling down until you’ll find the Users tab, where you will see a list of all users that have access to your device, and you’ll have the option to “Add user or profile”. When tapping on this option, you’ll see a popup with these two options: “User” and “Restricted profile”. In this case, choose the second option.

Screen Pinning

With this feature, you can pin a single application to the screen and block the access to whatever you have on the phone.

FamilyTime is available on Google Play and iTunes.

Kids Place



This is a very interesting free app that needs a four-digit passcode to be entered each time you enter and exit. The passcode ensures that your kid does not gain free control over the smartphone. You can refuse the right to access Android marketplace, as well as install and purchase apps. As a parent, with this app, you can also have your child’s browsing activity under your control by using a browser with inbuilt ability to filter content. The key highlight of Kids Place is that it opens a customized interface when you launch it. True to its name, the app targets the safety of young kids using a smartphone.

MMGuardian

The app focuses on the safety of teens owning Android smartphones. Parents can restrict activities such as the time spent on calls or texts or the number to which a call or text is made, access to Android marketplace, texting while driving, and addition of apps on the handset. On the flip side, the app does not restrict teens from purchasing apps on Google Play and what they surf for on the Internet. Available for free for a fortnight, you can opt for a monthly or yearly subscription or purchase this app after the trial period to continue using the app.

MamaBear

This app allows children to use the most of their smartphone whilst keeping parental fears at bay. MamaBear is ideal for first time smartphone using children and children new to social media. You can add your own buttons with emoticons to keep you updated of what your child is doing. With the app, you know where he or she is at present and recent locations or if the child exceeds the specified driving speed limits. Parents are also saved the troll of having to keep a continuous tab on their children’s Instagram and Facebook accounts. You can set up alerts to keep you posted of new friends added, photos uploaded, tags set, news feeds followed, and even words used by them that are not in the restricted word list you set up for their use.

PhoneSheriff

Although a slightly expensive app, you can monitor your preteen’s activities on three smartphones. Use this app to review the apps the child has installed and block the ones that do not pass your safety criteria. Alternatively, you can set time limits for using the smartphone, view the text messages sent, block unwanted numbers, record his or her location, let out a warning if the child has moved out of a specified area and monitor the browsed content. Remote locking is another noteworthy feature of this app. However, it does not control the kid’s social media browsing.

Net Nanny

One of the best things of this app is that its user-friendly web interface allows you to opt for age based profiles. The app can either block irrelevant images and websites or just keep you posted about the content of the website that your child access. You can unblock a previously blocked app for a specific time period after which the app gets blocked again. The downside is that it has no control over your child’s social media usage or texting habits.

SecureTeen

As the name says, this app focuses on the safety of your teen using a smartphone. SecureTeen allows you to filter any adult content apart from monitoring your child’s location, downloaded apps and online activities. You can shut down an app on your teen’s phone if you feel that it is not appropriate for him. With remote online login, it becomes all the more easy to use the app.

The above is just a list of some parental control apps for you to get an idea of what these apps can offer you. The Play Store has a horde of these apps for you to review and make an informed decision.

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