Do you know what your kids are doing online or on their phones? Find out quickly with free parental control apps. Not only do you get insight into how they interact with their devices, you’re also able to limit what sites and apps they use and how long they’re online. The best part is these apps are easy to set up and start using.
Free Parental Controls Apps for Mobile & Computers
Qustodio is a free app for Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android, Kindle, and Nook. The free version only works on one device, but it allows you to set time limits, block pornography, and more. The small family plan (up to five devices) is $49.95 per year and includes extra features, such as social media tracking, read text messages, and location tracking.
Windows & Mac
While these aren’t free parental control apps that you have to download, they are included with your Windows or Mac system. Windows 10 allows you to set up special child accounts that you’re able to monitor and control for free. Mac systems also have parental control accounts that are easy to manage and monitor from the System Preferences area.
KidLogger is one of the more unique free parental control apps. It allows you to monitor your child’s activity on Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. It tracks time, websites, apps, communications, files used, and more. You’re able to monitor one device for free. More features and devices start at $29 USD per year.
K9 Web Protection
K9 Web Protection now offers their own free parental control app for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices. It’s designed to automatically block dangerous and inappropriate websites and content to keep children safer. You’re able to set time restrictions and block any websites you don’t want your children to visit. You also get detailed reports to better understand how your child is using the Internet.
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Norton Family comes in both free and premium versions. One of the most notable things missing in this parental control app (at least the free version) is time supervision. You are able to monitor social network, web, email, and search activity. The app is available on Windows, iOS, and Android. The premium version is free for 30 days.
All you need is an online account to get started using MinorMonitor. This is one of the truly free parental control apps available. However, it’s geared specifically towards social media. It’s designed to help protect your children from online predators, cyberbullying, and inappropriate content.
OpenDNS Family Shield
OpenDNS Family Shield is a little more difficult to set up because you set it up with your home router. You can also use it on mobile devices. It blocks inappropriate content, malware, and phishing scams. Actually, it’s a good app for the entire family to use.
Kurupira Web Filter
Kurupira Web Filter may have the strangest sounding name of all the free parental control apps on this list, but it is effective. It’s completely free to block websites and programs, set time limits, view computer usage history, and automatically block adult content.
Try out a few of these apps and make your child’s online experience a safer one.
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