Parental Control Software Review 2016
The Need for a Parental Control Software
Children are naturally very curious. At any stage of their lives they come across Internet and realize what a big bundle of answers it is. Since most of the contents (which are almost anything that a person wants to share) on the Internet are intended for mainstream users there are dangers of exposing the innocent and inquisitive child to the horrors of the Internet. The damage caused to these children is almost irreversible. Hence it would be a wise choice to install parental control software to the devices that are accessed by children in order to control and block the contents based on their nature.
Parental control software mainly focus on controlling the access to the child and blocking the unwarranted contents from showing up. These software programs have very little to do with spying, as the target users are not malicious but innocent. When the child has access to a computer and uses Internet on it, it is literally impossible for the parents to be present and monitor all the keystrokes and contents. Neither of this this an effective method. Installing a parental control software to the system would automate blocking and filtering activities and deploys the security measures with lot more ease than how it is done manually.
We hear prevention is better than cure. However, while pressing the importance of parental control, we need to remember that there is no cure in this case, all one can do is prevent.
Features to Look for in a Parental Control Software:
Monitoring and Recording:
Monitoring the system includes having visibility to the system screen to check what the child is seeing. The user should have access to the email accounts setup in the system and online accounts, chats, social networking sites, Instant Messengers, uploaded and downloaded files, videos, applications running, websites visited and keywords entered in search tools. Most of the software will allow the user to access the logs, reports and snapshots through online accounts opened at the manufacturer’s site from anyplace.
Few software programs will record all the events and keystrokes and cast it to the user like a live TV show. They capture the keystrokes including white-spaces and backspaces and produce it to the parent. These programs are also capable of recording the surroundings. It’s better to set the priorities and sort the product accordingly to choose one.
Filtering and Blocking:
It would rather be useful to be able to filter the contents than passively monitoring and taking reactive actions. Most parental control programs allow the user to set filters to filter websites, chat clients and applications. “Profanity Masking” is a useful feature that helps alter the abusive and violent language in the comment section. The users can also block sites, contacts or application from being able to function. The ability to schedule or constrain the system usage and Internet usage is also useful to prevent excess online activities.
Reporting and Management:
Few software generate huge volumes of reports for much finer monitoring. They also have customizing options to simplify the reports using graphs and other utilities. One needs to check these options thoroughly. It’d be of no use if you find it exasperating to navigate through the reports. It’d not be effective. Every parental software allows the user to access these reports from anywhere through online account. Alerts and notifications can also be set to receive in case if the child types in or tries to access any dangerous substance. It is also advisable to verify if the software suites the system resources. Few software are designed for just one particular Operating System. It would not be useful if you bought a software for Windows and try to install it in Mac.
Help and Support:
Most parental software provide 24/7 telephone, email and chat support. It’d be useful to check for toll free numbers as well. FAQs shared on the websites have always proved very useful. If you are a beginner and very specific about the support, it is advisable to check for the mode of support provided by a particular vendor.