Online Parental Monitoring Apps

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Bark monitors your child’s texts, email and YouTube. More than 30 apps and social platforms are scanned for issues like cyberbullying, adult content and sexual predators. It looks for profanity, suicidal threats, violence and more. Parents receive alerts only when something problematic occurs online. The app also lets families set healthy time limits. The app itself is free for iOS and Android with a subscription that starts at 14-99 a month.

Qustodio provides a comprehensive dashboard to monitor your child’s online activity. The free version keeps tabs on your child’s web and search engine use. It tracks Facebook and Twitter log-ins, and sets time controls. The premium version also allows you to track location, block certain games and apps, and monitor calls and texts messages. Plans start at 54-95 per year for five children/five devices. The app itself is free for iOS and Android.

Net Nanny Parental Control app allows you to create different profiles/log-ins for each of your children. It filters web content for each child based on whether they fit the child. It works for pre-teen, teen, or adult profiles. You can set Internet time allowances, so it’s easy to prevent web access during homework time or bedtime. The app is free for iOS and Android. Plans start at 54-99 for five devices.

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