When raising kids in the digital age, it’s hard to keep track of how much time they’re spending online and what sites they’re visiting. That’s where parental control software comes in handy. It can help tackle excessive screen-time, unwanted/inappropriate content, risky applications and more. Of course, not all parental control software is created equal, nor is it compatible with all your devices, so before settling on a particular program do some research. Here are our selects for best parental control software programs of 2019.
Free: Qustodio (free)
Qustodio offers features that make the free version easy to use. Parents can monitor and filter their child’s searches on the web as well as control the applications they most frequently use. Additionally, Qustodio Free enables social activity monitoring on Facebook and Twitter while enabling parents to set a limit on their screen time. Qustodio works well with a wide range of devices—Macs, PCs, Androids, and Amazon Fire Tablets– with a relatively easy set-up.
A drawback to the free version is parents are limited to monitoring on one device at a time. Their “small plan” can cover up to five devices for only $54.95 per year ($4.58 a month), which can be beneficial if your family has a lot of devices. Read our full review of Qustodio.
Affordable: Kaspersky Safe Kids
On the affordable side of the cost-spectrum, Kaspersky Safe Kids is only $15 per year, parents can access an unlimited number of devices. It has a user-friendly design, accurate content detection features, and provides a great customer service experience. It’s compatible on PCs, Androids, and Macs, and the software program makes it easy to maneuver your way through your kids’ devices.
If you’re on a tight budget, this affordable program makes it easy to monitor your kids’ web searches, set time-limits on their screen-time, and control their app-usage. Another incredible feature is the alert system that tells parents when their kids are running low on battery. It also lets parents define a safe area for their kids, and alerts them when the child step beyond it through the GPS tracker.
Expensive: Net Nanny
Expensive doesn’t always mean better, but with Net Nanny, it can be worth the money if your concerns are primarily about content-control. With the best mix of web filtering, location tracking, and app management on both Android and iOS devices, this parental control software program makes it easy for parents to track their child’s activity.
Net Nanny’s user-friendly design, great web filters, and visual parity between Android and iOS devices lets parents take back control of their family’s internet and mobile browsing. Additionally, Net Nanny’s location-tracking keeps parents informed on their kids’ whereabouts in real-time, and minimizes kids’ exposure to adult content with an effective porn blocking software.
If you’re looking for call/text monitoring, this may not be the program for you despite its other extensive features. The plans can get expensive, amounting to $89.99 a year if you’re looking to cover up to twenty devices.
Best Parental Control Software 2019 — Sources
Tom’s Guide: Best Parental Control Apps 2019
PCMag: The Best Parental Control Software 2019
Comparitech: The Best Parental Control Software and Apps of 2019