The internet is full of hidden dangers, and parents should do whatever they can to protect their children from them. However, that’s easier said than done considering how far we’ve come from the time when families had a single personal computer that all family members would share in the living room.
Today, children connect to the internet from a wide range of devices, including smartphones, tablets, wearables, and, of course, personal computers. Fortunately, there are modern parental control software solutions whose purpose is to help parents keep their children safe online, and here are five of them.
Circle with Disney
Circle with Disney is an extremely capable hardware device that comes with an app for iOS and Android. Circle connects to your home network, and it automatically manages every wireless and wired connection for you without the need to put parental control software on the connected devices.
Using the Circle app for mobile devices, you can set time limits for apps and websites, apply age-appropriate filters to individual devices, and even give your kids rewards when they’ve been good. For its regular price of $99, you won’t be able to find a more convenient parental control solution.
ESET Smart Security Premium
ESET Smart Security Premium is a complete internet security solution that includes an award-winning antivirus, ransomware protection, password safe, exploit blocker, UEFI scanner that protects from threats that attack your computer on a deeper level, firewall, banking and payment protection, webcam protection, botnet protection, location tracking, anti-theft optimization, and, of course, parental controls.
With the parental controls included in ESET Smart Security Premium, you can easily restrict access by adding or removing items from a convineint list of web categories. It takes just a single click to block, for example, all adult content on the internet, and detailed activity logs make it easy to figure out which sites still need to be restricted.
Webroot Internet Security Complete with Antivirus Protection 2018
Webroot Internet Security Complete with Antivirus Protection 2018 is a highly capable cybersecurity solution intended to protect against the latest online threats, and it comes with Webroot Parental Controls to help parents protect their children from computer risks and manage their use of the PC.
The key features of Webroot Parental Controls include customizable profiles to accommodate multiple users, a time limit feature as well as a scheduling feature to help parents manage not only how many hours the kids are spending on the computer, and customizable reports that inform parents of when and where their children are going online, among other things.
Norton Security Premium
Norton Security Premium is an advanced anti-malware software solution that provides real-time protection against existing and emerging malware including ransomware and viruses and comes with Norton’s award-winning parental control software, called Norton Family.
With Norton Family, you can easily protect your kids from online predators without making it difficult for them to use the internet in meaningful ways. You can set time limits or schedule what times of the day or week your kids can use their devices, get comprehensive email reports with detailed information about your kids’ online activity, an even keep an eye on SMS text conversations to stop any attempt at cyberbullying before it spirals out of control.
Kaspersky Internet Security 2018
Kaspersky Internet Security 2018 is a popular online security solution that helps you guard your children online, provides protection for your internet connections, secures your webcam, and helps you update your software and delete unused applications, among other things.
After you enable it, you can restrict access to the computer to a certain period of time, block access to the computer for short regular periods of time, restrict access to games according to the following rating systems, block certain games using categories, restrict the access to the web, block downloading of certain categories of files, control communication in social networks, and more.