Choosing between applications or software can certainly be brain-wracking. But isn’t technology supposed to be the solution to all of our petty problems?
Try telling that to a parent who’s juggling between babies and pancake batter in the mornings! To us parents, we care about what works, not necessarily how.
We will give you a very brief description of what these free parental control apps do and as little ‘how’ as possible. Instead of going through all of the available options we prefer to educate our readers on the best free parental control tools out there.
We are going to judge each parental control based on the following simple but important factors:
- The number of devices that can be restricted:
Most families will have more than one child. Thus, the best tools out there can work on multiple devices.
- Ease of installation:
No one wants to spend too much time trying to figure out the nitty-gritty details, especially when we’d rather put more of our time in protecting our children.
- Ease of use:
When it comes to parental controls, the best software won’t necessarily be the ones with the greatest degree of configuration. You want something that can be installed to instantly protect your children from the superfluous dangers or explicit content floating around on the web. We also know that you’ll want a tool that your children can’t easily uninstall or alter.
KidGuard’s Parental Control Tool
Imagine this: you want to prevent your kids from lingering onto some web page with racy or inappropriate content, and all you want to do is use something that can’t be uninstalled from your kid’s phone and requires no effort whatsoever to use. That, moms and dads, is exactly what KidGuard’s parental control app does!
After a quick installation and password creation, this super simple app will block your children from accessing those danger zones regardless of whether they’re using their friend’s wifi, their mobile data, or anything for that matter. Furthermore, it can be installed on an unlimited number of phones and can only be uninstalled with a password.
OpenDNS Family Shield
OpenDNS Family Shield can also block almost any underage site on the internet. This tool works differently, and that difference can be quite large. See, it’s not a tool per se since it doesn’t require installation. Rather, you simply change a couple of numbers in the settings menu of your phone, computer, or even laptop. But this simple change of numbers won’t matter once your children are at their friend’s home or suddenly decide to use their phone’s data.
The downside is, that although useful at home, the protection won’t follow your kids everywhere.
QuStudio Parental Control 2015
Let us tap your imagination once again. Imagine a tool that could be used to monitor and control everything that your child does on his or her phone. You can read their messages, limit their phone time, browse through their photo album, or see who they’ve been talking with. Furthermore, it can also block certain bad websites, location, and other functions as well.
But by now you should realize that it’ll require you to learn an onslaught of settings and functions. Furthermore, those with big families will soon learn that this app is only free for one phone! Yup, that’s right. One and that’s all.
So, there you have it! We gave you the best options available for free. If we didn’t include another program you’ve heard of, then we didn’t think its worth any parent’s time.