It’s been a while since I have come across a really good app that I don’t mind paying a subscription for. And being a dad to 3 (awesome) kids, I want to ensure my kids are safe on the internet. All 3 of my kids have iPads, which we bought a few years ago, and I have heard some horror stories recently about how kids have been dared or sent to the dark ugly internet.
I am a firm believer that our kids were born into this technology era, so we need to embrace it, but have to ensure that we protect them and give them the tools to ensure they and the devices they using are safe. The key for me for these types of issues is to ensure they is a) a trust between child & parent, and b) an education from parent to child to warn them about the realities of what is really out there.
Qustodio is one of many solutions on the internet that allow parents to monitor and control devices. There are plenty of solutions, but I haven’t seen one as comprehensive as Qustodio and at a really affordable price. For only R650 a year, you can protect up to 5 devices across your family. You can install Qustodio on iOS, Android, Windows & even Mac.
Some of the features that stand out for me on Qustodio include:
- Setting multi-device time limits, right down to app level. So if I only want my kids to be on Youtube for 1 hour a day, I can set that per day
- You can view social media network activity, with a full report of new friends added etc
- Block Pornography and other dodgy sites. Some really scary stuff out there!
- Track SMS & Calls
- Location tracking & panic button for mobile devices
You also get a daily email that is sent to your account with a summary of the history on the devices for the previous day. This is really great to see what your kid has been up to.
So many people ask me, but why would you want to restrict your child? Again, I believe that we are really just protecting our children from is out there. Having been in the internet industry for around 18 years now, I can promise you I have seen it all. I would rather give my kids tools to help protect them!
You can purchase a One Year 5 device license for only R650 from AppSafe.co.za. This works out a LOT cheaper that having to buy it in USD. They also are really helpful when it comes to support and also offer a 14 day money back guarantee if you are unhappy with your purchase. You can also email them on [email protected]
Disclaimer: I was not asked or paid to write about this service. It really is a fantastic service and well, well worth the money!