Filed in : Parental Controls

Since its Thursday release, Pokemon go has taken the world, and its inhabitants of all ages, by storm. This new sensation has boosted Nintendo’s market value by over $9 billion so far and led to some unbelievable news stories from CNN along the way. The smart phone app successfully promotes outdoor activity in a way that gaming never has before. In some […] Read more

Filed in : Parental Controls, Products, Router Filtering, Safe Browsers

Parents need to understand that when we put technology into our kids’ hands we also need to accept responsibility for protecting them and that there might be costs associated with that.  However, some of the best ways to protect your family devices are free. I always recommend a layered approach to protection and these free options also happen to be […] 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 : Discounts, Parental Controls, Products

The management and control that has been available for corporate networks for years is finally available to families in a simple and user-friendly product called Circle. Computer geeks with really deep pockets could subscribe to products for their home that offered the technology that corporations have been using, but that wasn’t feasible for most people. There have been a few […] Read more

Filed in : Android, Apps, Parental Controls, Products

Flexibility, choice, freedom, variety – they are part of the appeal of android devices. And yet, it is those same characteristics that make it trickier to give instructions and advice to parents for protecting kids’ on those devices. This article from Android Community gives a nice overview of parental control setup and apps for android devices. Android tablets are useful […] Read more

Filed in : Parental Controls, Parenting in the Digital World

The truth is most parents do not begin using parental controls soon enough. They incorrectly think that their kids are too young to need them. First, let me say that parental controls in this context simply means taking steps to make sure that your child does not come into contact with undesirable or harmful content while using a computer or […] Read more

Filed in : Discounts, Parental Controls, Products

October 2018: The post below was from June of 2016. Mobicip has recently produced a more comprehensive parental control product which I am in the process of evaluating and I will update the SCP Mobicip information accordingly. For the most current information on their product you will want to visit www.mobicip.com.  As you can imagine, my kids have put up with […] Read more

Filed in : Device Monitoring, Discounts, Parental Controls, Products

Netsanity is a parental control product for iOS and now Samsung devices that offers a significant amount of control and monitoring features. The creators of Netsanity originally focused strictly on iOS products but have recently expanded to the Samsung platform. Like many parental control products today, Netsanity is subscription-based. Currently, a monthly plan is $6.95 per month per device, making the […] Read more

Filed in : Apps, Device Monitoring, Parenting in the Digital World, Sexting

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has included the Snapchat app in this year’s Dirty Dozen list, and rightly so. They also have an outstanding page (also below) detailing the dangers and concerns with Snapchat that cause it to make the list — be sure to click on “More Explanation About Why Snapchat is on the List”. Snapchat can be used in […] Read more

Filed in : Parental Controls, Router Filtering

I have always recommended DNS control at the router as a first layer of parental control protection in the home. See previous post about Home Network Filtering. DNS control is also good for individual devices when they are away from your home network. You can set the DNS servers for each individual network that the device uses, but then you […] Read more

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