We've all thought about parental controls for our TVs and computers but what about those smart phones and tablets kids are using these days. iPads, Kindle Fires, Nexus 7, and the wide range of smart phones like the iPhone and Android phones. All of these are basically computers with access to the web and all of its power to search out information on many subjects. Yes, even those subjects we want to shield our kids from until they are ready and it's we who will know when they are ready...right?
- Show only the apps approved by parents.
- Allow certain numbers to be called from their phone.
- Block the ability to spend money on music or apps without parental consent.
- Block the ability to search for certain categories of words based on age or content.
- Block the ability to go to web sites based on age or content.
- Block the ability to view YouTube videos based on age or content.
- Put a time limit on the use of the device.
- Provide a report or view of sites visited, words searched, sites or words blocked and why they were blocked.
- Provide a parental consent to allow any of the above if the parent chooses.
- If a device is shared amongst family members, allow for different or no controls based on the person.
- Ability to track the location of a smart phone via it's GPS signal
- Safari web browser
- Camera and apps that use the camera
- Face Time
- iTunes Store
- Installing Apps. This includes the ability to stop a child from spending money on apps.
- Deleting Apps. In other words the little x doesn't appear on the app icons when you're customizing the Home screen.
- Explicit Language: Siiri attempts to help out by beeping if it recognizes an improper word.
- In-App purchases. Another help to avoid the ability for a child to spend money.
- Content restrictions. You can Tap Ratings For, then select a country from the list. Then set restrictions for music and podcasts, books, etc.
- Block word searches for certain words.
- Block access to unapproved web sites. Unapproved web sites determined by categories or specific ones.
- Block more than just the web. Blocking You Tube for example.
- Web or e-mailed reports showing what was viewed, blocked and why.
- Provide filtering by person if the device is shared.
The controls are more restrictive along with flexibility for the parent. So let's see how we can get an app that provides for some of these parental controls.
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