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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.

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.