Parental Controls on Android: best apps

On the Internet, a child is not always able to differentiate between resources with unwanted content. In addition, there is the possibility of infection by a virus, which will lead to system errors in the device. To avoid accessing sites 18+ and the risk of catching a virus will help special applications for parental control on the phone.

Thanks to them, parents always know what their child is doing on the phone: what he is interested in, how much time he spends, where he is at a particular moment. All applications can be customized according to individual parameters. There are many such solutions for Android. Let’s look at the best of them.

Google Family Link

  • Compatibility: Android 7.0 or higher for a child, Android 5.0 or higher, or iOS 12 or higher for a parent. Both children and parents need to open a Google account and use the Google Chrome browser. A web version of the service is available.
  • Cost: free.
    The application from Google allows you to track how many hours the child spends in the smartphone, what applications he or she opens, what he or she downloads or is going to buy on Google Play.

Parents can remotely prohibit the downloading of suspicious content, limit the time of Internet use, block the phone at night or at any other time. Regardless of an adult’s opinion, Family Link arbitrarily cuts off access to YouTube services for users under the age of 13.

Through the app, you can ascertain where your child is and if he or she is skipping school. Unless, of course, he guesses to turn off his smartphone or at least the Internet. By the way, it is the app Family Link is famous for the fact that today’s children easily bypass its bans.

Kaspersky Safe Kids

  • Compatibility: Android 4.4 and higher, iOS 12 and higher. You can also download versions of the service for Windows 7 and higher and MacOS 10.13 and higher from the Kaspersky website.
  • Cost: There is a free version and a premium version for 763 rubles per year with a one-week trial period. A paid subscription applies to one parent, but allows you to connect an unlimited number of children’s devices.

Practicing psychologists were involved in creating the Kaspersky Safe Kids app. Therefore, the main feature – more than 100 professional recommendations, which you get, using the service.

The free version contains tools that show what your child is looking for on the Internet, what sites he or she visits, what programs he or she uses and how much time he or she spends online. All of this can be adjusted, limited or disabled if desired. However, due to the peculiarities of the iOS system, you will not be able to block a child’s iPhone or iPad.

Premium version allows you to monitor the battery charge, monitor social networking activity, view the history of YouTube requests and make a schedule for your child to use the device.

For paid subscribers, geolocation is also available, with the ability to outline a safe perimeter for walks. If your child tries to bypass the bans or runs outside the area specified in the program, the system will instantly send you a notification.

Where are my kids

  • Compatibility: Android 5.0 and above, iOS 11 and above, WatchOS 3.0 and above.
  • Cost: free options and three subscription options are available: 169 rubles per month for 1 device, 990 rubles per year for 3 devices, or 1,490 rubles forever for 3 devices. Either way, you can connect an unlimited number of children’s devices. The price does not include the live listening feature.
    With the app, you will always know where your child is now and what services he is using. For a fee, you can even listen to what’s going on around you. Note that this option is not available for iPhone users.

The program is compatible with both smartphones and GPS watches. In addition to the location, the devices will tell you what time the student came to school, when he came home, and how long the battery will last. So you can reach your child even if he or she left the phone in another room or turned off the sound, the developers came up with a loud signal function.

Parental Control Kroha

  • Compatibility: Android 5.0 and higher for children and parents, iOS 9 and higher for parental version only.
  • Cost: three days of free use, 1 100 rubles per year for 5 devices.

The app works as a GPS tracker and a means of monitoring screen time. Parents are provided with detailed application statistics. Based on it, you can reasonably block access to games, social networks, websites and YouTube channels. That is, to all the entertainment that interferes with students’ concentration on studies.

The program also allows you to monitor WhatsApp and Viber correspondence, control the battery level and view photos that your child took or received.


  • Compatibility: Android 7.0 and later, iOS 12 and later.
  • Cost: free of charge are the minimum options and a three-day test period of the full version. Subscription with 10 devices per month – 590 rubles, per year – 3 650 rubles, forever – 5 850 rubles.

Kidslox is a cross-platform application, which allows full control of the iPhone from an Android device and vice versa. The program is designed to block “time killers” or at least limit their use. Games (including Minecraft and Clash of Clans), YouTube channels and social networks (Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram are in the zone of special attention). Naturally, access to sites with adult content is severely cut off.

In addition, Kidslox allows you to remotely turn off the camera if your child is too engrossed in selfies or video chats.

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