Parental control software can fall into a variety of different categories, and each software can help you and your kids in different ways – whether that’s by keeping things PG for the little ones, or by stopping the teens from downloading inappropriate material when you’re not at home. If you’re unsure whether parental control software could help your current situation, here are three ways different software can be useful to you as a parent:
Setting time limits
Parental control software can be useful for limiting your kids’ access to TV, internet or certain sites at a given time. Perhaps they have to do homework from 5-7pm so can’t have access to the internet? Or maybe you want them to stay away from the electronic devices when you’re getting everybody up and ready for school? Parental control software that means internet or computer access is time-controlled when you’re not around to supervise is very useful for this.
Filtering out inappropriate content
Inappropriate content could be nude images, violent acts or anything too adult in nature for your kids. Content filters are one of the more common types of parental control software available, and can range from browsers designed specifically for children through to programmes which block specific content such as pornorgraphy or chosen websites, which is more useful for when you have teens in the house. You’ll also see these content filters in schools and at public places, and even your workplace may block something like Facebook or YouTube.
Monitoring your kids’ activity
There are also software options which allow you to monitor your kids. This means you can see what websites they’re browsing in case they’re getting up to no good – but it also extends to mobile devices, which allow you to see your child’s phone logs and transactions as well as monitor your kids’ location. The location monitoring can come in handy as a safety feature in the event that you can’t contact your child in an emergency or are worried they may be lying about where they are.