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Best Parental Control Software For Android & iPhone

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

With all of the various options available for parental control software it can be confusing for parents looking to find a good option for controlling their mobile devices. The best parental control software for Android and iPhone includes all of the standard features needed for parental control such as web filtering, chat monitoring, real time content blocking, social media monitoring and more.

NetNanny is available for both Android and iPhone and offers a wide range of features for parental control. NetNanny is one of the best parental control software for Android and iPhone because it offers a profanity filter, blocks pornography, filters adult websites, offers social media monitoring, user profiles, reporting and alerts, and many other features. The internet filter blocks content that is adult in nature and can be adjusted to block specific types of content such as alcohol and tobacco, gambling, hate speech, and adult content. Gaming sites and video games can be blocked as well as chat rooms or forums that may have adult content.

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NetNanny can be used on any browser and offers unlimited users on any device. Settings can be adjusted for each user as needed; for instance younger children require more filtering and control over their content. NetNanny also reviews pages in real time and blocks them based on its mature content filter. It can warn parents when children visit adult websites. NetNanny also blocks images and blocks pornography with its advanced filter. The amount of time that children spend on their mobile device can also be monitored, and access can be limited to a specific amount of time.

K9 is another choice among the best parental control software for android & iPhone, and offers some features similar to NetNanny and a few unique features. K9 blocks websites in over 70 categories on various topics including gambling, hate, malware, and others. SafeSearch is implemented on all search engines blocking adult results. K9 offers real time malware protection with the Blue Coat WebFilter that helps to block potential malware or harmful downloads. Caching is used to offer faster filtering and reduce load times, and internet browsing is faster as a result.

K9 logs every website visited as well as blocked websites and offers a unique rating system for websites. It is a great option to block web sites and filter them, but it lacks some features such as a chat blocker and social media monitoring. The best part of K9 Web Protection is that it is free, however the lack of features may require the purchase of a more powerful program.

Protecting children extends beyond desktop and laptop computers; mobile devices must also be restricted from accessing adult content. There are many other parental control programs available for both Android and iPhone devices outside of NetNanny and K9, but they are two of the best. Although there are free apps available like K9, it is worth the cost to purchase a paid application like NetNanny. The best parental control software for Android & iPhone depends on the type of content you want to block. For web content filtering only a free solution like K9 may work, but for more advanced filtering, blocking and monitoring options a solution like NetNanny may be worth checking out.

5 Must Have Android Apps for Parents

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

With shopping apps, baby monitors, fitness apps and a host of other useful apps available, parents can turn their Android phone or tablet into a useful tool for their daily routine. These are five of the best apps available to help make parents’ lives a bit easier:

Out of Milk  

Out of Milk has a number of features and helps to make shopping more stress free. Ingredients can be added on multiple lists which is useful for parents shopping at multiple stores. The pantry list lets parents keep track of what they have in their pantry. Lists can be shared with other people in real-time, and the shopping list history remembers items that were previously purchased. Local grocery deals can also be easily searched for. There are many other features available with Out of Milk and it is a very popular shopping app.

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BabyPhone 

For parents with toddlers, BabyPhone is a must have app. BabyPhone is a baby monitor app that lets parents use one of their Android devices as a baby monitor. You only need one Android phone to use as the monitor, as BabyPhone will call any landline or mobile device once triggered. While standard baby monitors have a limited range, BabyPhone has an unlimited range and is easy for parents to use. The trigger to call is based on a pre-set level of noise. There is a noise sensitivity feature that allows the monitor to pick up quieter noises or louder noise, and it can be calibrated.

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MyFitnessPal 

It’s easy for parents to fall behind in fitness with all of their responsibilities, and that’s why apps like MyFitnessPal exist. This app is a useful calorie counter and is the top selling fitness app for Android devices. It has the largest food database of any Android app and lets parents accurately count the calories of each of their meals. Diets can tracked among multiple people and it also comes with a barcode scanner to scan food barcodes to look them up. There are also 350 exercises included, weight tracking tools, customizable goals, and many other features available.

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Catalogue 

Catalogue lets parents flip through the same catalogues they would get from a store. Catalogue is available for Android tablets and offers an easy way to browse the catalogues of hundreds of different stores. The search feature can search through millions of products and thousands of merchants. The app is presented in a clean and simple interface and is another app that helps reduce paper waste. Favorite finds can be shared on Facebook, and there is also a price comparison feature that compares prices from local and online merchants.

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Cozi Family Organizer 

Cozi Family Organizer lets parents track all of the chaos of family life in once place. It offers a color coded calendar, appointment reminders and more. Appointments can be synced with the Cozi account so that all family members can see them. Due dates can be set for tasks, and grocery lists can be shared with the whole family. Reminders can be set for family members so that important meetings and appointments are not missed. Weekly agendas can also be shared with family members. The family journal feature allows families to keep track of special moments and family photos and share them. There are many other features available, and it is one of the highest rated organization apps available to Android users.

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Top Mobile Apps for Kids Under 5

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Kids today are certainly more technologically advanced than their parents were at their age and this has app companies tripping over themselves trying to invent the latest and greatest mobile apps that are savvy and yet can still be utilized by such young minds. Fortunately most companies are on the ball and by early this year there were more than a few mobile apps developed that are both kid friendly and parent approved.

Monkey Preschool Lunchbox

Preschool Lunchbox is a fabulous semi-new app which is appropriate for kids between the ages of two and five. The snappy app includes five different games for kids to play, all hosted by an animated and witty little monkey who is more than willing to show little tots the ropes.

Games include jigsaw puzzles, memory and concentration and color matching as well as a couple other tried and true favorites. Each of the games has some chatty and lively background music which for some parents may become annoying, but it seems to get the kiddies excited about learning and the entertaining monkey is always a hit. It costs only $.99 to download so it is also economical and worth the price.

Monster’s Socks

Appropriate for kids three and older this app game would seemingly be too scary for youngsters if you went by the title alone, however the “monster” in this game that plays the role of host is anything but scary and kids fall in love with him right from the start.

The said monster has a peculiar problem: he has lost his socks and needs your child to help in finding them! Both monster and child will travel on a wild adventure looking for the lost socks which will expose them to constructing a bridge, sailing a boat and also bring them to the moon! The user has full control of the game at all times and it is great for those that love adventure but also like to figure out solutions to problems, all while helping out a friend who needs their socks.

The monster does spew some strange sounds which can get loud and possibly startle a young player so parents should monitor the volume but other than that this app offers quite an adventure and is truly interactive and easy to learn.

Toca Hair Salon 2

Toca Hair Salon part one was awesome enough but the newest edition really takes the cake. Perfect for ages three and up, though probably more coveted by the little girl population, this new edition has been revamped to include better scenery along with some new customers who desperately need an updated hair style.

The two new customers have wild personalities and are in the thick of a hair frenzy, seeking your child’s assistance in making them beautiful once again. There is a app that can be pre-downloaded to see the two newest members of the Toca Hair Salon family. The first one was quite popular but the new one is already surpassing the sales of the old. There have been few complaints whatsoever about this app other than the game doesn’t always save when a call comes in and is answered. And there is now a version available for the Kindle Fire as well.

At the low price of $1.99 your child will love the new challenges that this game highlights and the graphics are improved as well.

Dr. Seuss Books

Not a game app per say but rather a book app, kids under five will love the new features of this mobile app which is also available for the iPhone and Android. It comes with animated sound effects and vibrant illustrations and while the story is being read, the words light up so kids can easily follow which is great for them to learn phonics and other reading skills.

Kids can choose to narrate their own stories or listen to the professional narration already included in the app and they will enjoy a new feature that includes the pictures talking whenever they are touched. The app ranges from $3.99 to $4.99 and is well worth the price as it offers hours of entertainment.