Filed in : Apple, Parental Controls

Considering that we are on the 12th iOS, I think it is fair to say that Apple was late to the parental control party. While they have had “Restrictions” available in Settings for a while, the controls were hardly robust. Now, with release of iOS 12, it appears that they are finally STARTING to take parental control features seriously. If […] Read More

Filed in : Apple, Parenting in the Digital World

Apple recently announced the iOS 12 features that will be released this fall. The new iOS version claims to make using your iOS device “more delightful” with improved performance, several new Facetime features, filters and other effects for messaging and several significant photo advances. However, the new Screen Time features seem to be getting the most press coverage and are […] Read More

Filed in : Android, Apple, Device Monitoring, Filtering, Products, TV

YouTube has been one of the most challenging areas for parents who are concerned with the content their kids see online. On one hand, there are thousands of worthwhile, funny and educational videos on YouTube. On the other hand, giving a child access to YouTube is like letting them play in a video minefield because of the pitiful filtering options available […] Read More

Filed in : Apple, Parental Controls, Parenting in the Digital World

It may be due to shareholder open letters, consumer demand or both but Apple appears to be making family friendly efforts and hinting that they will be providing more robust features in their parental control options. Hopefully we will see actual iOS improvements in future releases, but for now the new Families page on the Apple website will have to do.  iOS […] Read More

Filed in : Apple, Parental Controls, Parenting in the Digital World

Rene Ritchie, via iMore’s Vector tech podcast, recently looked into the issues of parental controls and screen addiction with iMore’s Georgia Dow, a psychotherapist who contributes to iMore and treats kids with various technology addiction problems. They discuss parents’ responsibilities for protecting their kids by limiting time and setting up restrictions as well as the very real problem of screen […] Read More

Filed in : Android, Apple, Filtering, OpenDNS, Parental Controls

OpenDNS should be the first-line of defense for a protected home network. There are many posts already on the SCP website about the benefits and use of OpenDNS.  I generally recommend using OpenDNS Home, which gives parents the ability to customize the levels or categories of filtering controls. There are times when that kind of customization is not necessary and […] Read More

Filed in : Apple, Parental Controls, Parenting in the Digital World

I had not yet included a post about Guided Access, but the great people at Protect Young Minds did today, so I want to feature it. Apple has continued to make progress with providing parents and schools with tools to make iPhone and iPad use safer for kids, and Guided Access is an example of one of those features. The […] Read More

Filed in : Apple, Apps, Parental Controls

When it comes to parental controls, I generally recommend that parents take advantage of the parental control features that come with a device and then add additional controls as needed (as long as the two together are not in conflict with each other). Manufacturers of mobile devices have continued to improve the features and options that can help you protect […] Read More

Filed in : Apple, Device Monitoring, Filtering, Parental Controls, Products

In the Mac versus PC world, many companies develop products for both systems.  Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn’t.  Intego is a Mac-based company, so if your family has all Mac computers then it might be the best parental control software for you.  Intego is also appealing because they in addition to their home products for Mac, they also have a […] Read More

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