Google Play Store may not have tougher restrictions than those found on Apple’s AppStore so if your kids own an Android device (or have access to your device at their liberty), you might want to set up some parental apps to help you monitor your kid’s online activities on the device.
In this roundup, we are featuring some free Android apps to monitor your kids’ smartphone activities. From allowing restrictions of online sites to the monitoring of their text or call usage, app downloads, location, and other activities, these apps cover most of the important features. Let’s read on to know more.
If you are on iOS, check out this post on 5 ways to make your iOS devices more kid-friendly and child-safe, and if you are on Mac, we also have a list of 10 Parental Control Apps you can try out.
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FamiSafe is one of the most feature-rich parental control apps in the market. It enables you to track your child’s every online activity be it online or offline and supports a whole gamut of apps and social media platforms that it can track.
Some of FamiSafe’s most interesting features include location tracking, monitoring messages, browser history, and overall device usage, blocking suspicious content, and creating web filters.
You can also use the app to set a screen time schedule for your kids and block inappropriate content from web, social media, and phone’s own gallery.
Kids Place is a comprehensive parental control app. Some of its handy attributes include a customized home screen showcasing approved apps only, the ability to prevent your child from downloading or buying new apps as well as a time feature to specify a schedule for using the smartphone.
On top of that, it’s also capable of blocking incoming calls and disabling all wireless signals. When you install and use the app for the first time, you have to first set a PIN for security purposes.
KuuKla Parental Control App helps you tailor your Android device into one which is suitable for your child. It gives you the opportunity to select the applications that you want to appear for use on the home screen while disabling access to all other applications. It also allows you to define a schedule for using apps and the Internet on the smartphone.
Once you’ve download the app and registered your email address, a PIN code will be sent to the email address provided which can only be used by you to control the device.
Worried about your teen being exposed to mature or adult content online? Try SecureTeen Parental Control which can filter out most if not all adult content. SecureTeen allows you to monitor your children’s online activities, applications they download and their location.
If you don’t like an app that’s installed on your child’s phone then SecureTeen allows you to shut it down, even if it’s still installed. SecureTeen can be managed remotely online by logging into the website.
As the name indicates, Screen Time is a helpful app which lets you manage how much ‘screen time’ your kids get. The key features of Screen Time includes blocking different apps according to the time.
For example, you can block only games at bed time but still allow readings apps then choose to block all apps when it’s time for lights out. Screen Time also allows you to set a daily time limit on the apps you want to restrict access to.
Bonus: Kids Zone Parental Controls
Kids Zone is another handy parental control app. The chore mode gives you the capability to set a time limit that determines when your child can use the smartphone.
Other notable features include relocking the device after rebooting, blocking phone calls as well as text messages and Internet access, blocking apps installation and in-app purchasing, and various other features.