Best Parental Control Software

With the Wild Wild Web getting wilder everyday, parents are keen to know Which is the best parental control software. There are many programs to choose from and each has it's good points. Sifting through these programs it becomes obvious that some have features that shine out above the rest. Having great features is a fine thing, but seeing what people who have bought and used the programs have to say literally tells the tale.

Best Parental Control Software By Consumer Rating

1.
CyberPatrol Parental Controls 7.7
CyberPatrol Parental Controls 7.7

"Best Parental Control Software". Cyber Patrol 7.7 earned a rating of 5 of 5 stars from a total of 3 customer reviews. This version of Cyber Patrol will allow you to protect up to three computers from the one license. It has the usual features of parental control software such as; Blocking harmful websites and images, restricting chat and instant messaging, and blocking downloads of games music images and videos.

 
2.
Safe Eyes Parental Control Suite
Safe Eyes Parental Control Suite

"Best Parental control Software for Mac". 3.5 out of 5 stars. Many of the same features as Cyber Patrol, Safe Eyes is also compatible with Mac, although the Mac version does not log IM or block email. Possibly the best feature of this program is the sending of alerts when inappropriate activity occurs.

 
Children often don't tell their parents about online relationships. Without parental control software, how would you know?
Children often don't tell their parents about online relationships. Without parental control software, how would you know?

Why Use Parental Control Software

It is shocking but did you know that 1 in 5 kids are solicited for sex on the Internet? That 1 in 4 kids are sent pictures of people who are either naked or are having sex? (also known as Sexting) That it is estimated that more than 750,000 people have been aggressively pursued for sex on line?

Given these statistics it is easy to see the need for parental control software.

What Features Would The Best Parental Control Software Have?

To be classified "Best" a parental control software should have most if not all of the following features:

  • Easy installation and set up - if you can't quickly figure out how to use it, what good is it?
  • Filter content -allows you to quickly select words and phrases that are indicative of inappropriate activity
  • Block access to inappropriate websites - Porn, p2p downloading, chat rooms, etc.
  • Provide an easy way to monitor your child's online interactions - a good reporting setup will allow you to quickly scan your child's Internet activity and spot trouble.
  • Provide time control for your child's Internet and Program access - good software will block your child from surfing at a time you believe them to be in bed or doing other activities.
  • Protect Privacy - The Wild Wild Web is a dangerous place for kids and you'll want a program that will either block or report the sending of private information such as phone numbers or addresses.
  • Provide alertsĀ  - receiving an alert by email or text can help you head off any mischief before it happens


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Lgali 7 years ago

thnaks for sharing this useful info


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Astride Knighted 7 years ago from Cape Girardeau, Missouri Author

Thanks for your comments on http://hubpages.com/family/best-parental-control-s... . Keeping our children safe on the internet is very important.


Randy 5 years ago

We have developed a content blocking software that allows parents to have granular control over what their children access on the internet. It also has time controls built in. The website is www.moraltek.com and it has a 15 day free trial. Download and try TotalControl today!!!!


Haley 5 years ago

I'm a teen, and I strongly disagree with this stuff. If you're honest with your kids, they'll be honest with you. It's sad that you distrust your kids that much that you need to know what they're doing EVERY second of EVERY day. :(


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Astride Knighted 5 years ago from Cape Girardeau, Missouri Author

Haley,

I respect a persons right to privacy. However, Children need to be protected. They are inexperienced and gullible. Many teens are so full of angst toward their parents that they will believe a total stranger whom they meet online before listening to their parent.

I'm haunted by the news reports of children who were bullied on Facebook and took their own lives or chatting with strangers who they think are other kids only to find out later they were someone evil.

How many missing children could have been saved if their parents could have had the knowledge to allow them to intervene?

Like it or not your parents have the right and obligation to protect you.

In days gone by, it used to be that someone had to come to the door of your home and knock and talk to your parents before they could talk to you. It was easier to see who they were and what they were up to.

Now with the internet and smart phones, strangers have access to our homes 24/7. Parents need a way to screen out the evil people of the world in order to give you the chance to grow up and learn how to protect yourself.


Hines 21 months ago

That's a creative answer to a dicffiult question


Early 20 months ago

I cannot tell a lie, that really hepdle.

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