2 Best Parental Monitoring Apps for Children in 2021

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Best Parental Monitoring Apps

The Best Parental Monitoring Apps for Children Screen Time Monitoring in 2021

Your children can spend less time on their phones and tablets thanks to parental control apps for PCs and mobiles.

  1. MMGuardian – Parental monitoring app

Even though most of the packages on this list cover both laptops and desktops, MMGuardian believes that most kids these days are on their phones and tablets rather than sitting at their traditional PCs. As a result, its subscription option is quite interesting, as it allows you to pay for a monthly subscription just for the device that your child uses, so long as it is running Android or iOS.

Pros

  • Messages from TikTok and Instagram can be monitored
  • Subscriptions that cover one device

Cons

  • iOS features are limited
  • Multi-device pricing is expensive

It is more tempting to pay $2.99/$3.99 monthly to protect the iPhone or iPad for any parent who does not want to overspend than to pay annual fees for some of the competitors. With two kids or more who have multiple devices, MMGuardian will prove to be more expensive than the others.

This is the iOS app you can download. If you want the Android app for a phone, you’ll pay the same price, but for an Android tablet, it will cost you only £1.49/$1.99 a month.

There’s one app for the child and another for the parent, as you would expect. Parental controls can then be set via their mobile app, including restricting screen time, blocking apps, and websites, setting cue times, curfews, and tracking the location of their children.

The ability to detect bullying or things of a sexual or threatening nature in text messages is one of the most valuable features. The app monitors SMS, MMS, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, Kik, Discord, TikTok, and even Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, Kik, Discord, and TikTok.

Similar to the other comments here, there is little control over iPhones and Android differs greatly. MMGuardian has the advantage of being a good option only if you have only a single Android device to monitor.

  1. Norton Family – Parental Monitoring App

Norton security software, like antivirus protection, is synonymous with the Norton brand. So it should come as no surprise to learn that it protects children as well. Norton Family Premier features a comprehensive set of tools to prevent kids from straying too far from the path. Only when they use the right device will they remain safe.

Pros

  • No limit on the number of devices covered
  • The price is reasonable

Cons

  • Apple iPads and iPhones are subject to limited control
  • Macs are not supported
  • Social media monitoring is not allowed

Norton security software, like antivirus protection, is synonymous with the Norton brand. So it should come as no surprise to learn that it protects children as well. Norton Family Premier features a comprehensive set of tools to prevent kids from straying too far from the path. Only when they use the right device will they remain safe.

There is no support for Macs, and most of the features only exist as part of the Screen Time feature included in iPhones and iPads.

In addition to the obligatory content filters, time management functions, and monitoring of searches and websites, there are also options to block apps and websites. The summary reports provide a deeper understanding of online behavior by showing the breakdown of all this information.

One interesting feature is a YouTube video content monitor, which displays what the user is watching on YouTube. Each one includes snippets, so you can determine whether they are the kind of things you want your child to consume.

Family Premier views each device individually, so you set each limit for each device individually, even though you can set up half-hourly intervals for the child to use the device(s). While Qustodio’s approach may intrigue you, we also like the way it syncs between devices, letting you better manage your kid’s Roblox time no matter what device they use.

You’re able to control the settings as well as monitor your child’s usage regardless of which device you’re using, along with an app (which can be used by a parent).

There is only one system with ‘School Time’, which stops distractions (such as blocking games) while the child is using the device to complete schoolwork. This was designed primarily for remote learning during lockdown but remains useful if the device is used for homework even after lockdown is over.

You can track a child’s location, but not monitor their social activities, so you cannot see what your child does on TikTok, Instagram, or other social apps.

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