Having kids in these digital days may become a challenge. Especially, if you wish your sibling to get their hands on their first device — either a PC, Mac or some mobile stuff. Challenging, because soon you’ll discover how much you don’t know and how better your kid is than you! :>
Limiting access time and reviewing what is she or he watching, playing or reading is a must and soon you face the problem of remote family control.
Hope that this article will help you in this adventure.
- You must enroll a brand new child account; can’t bind and existing one!
- Android 7.0 as minimum requirement
Get it from Google Play.
The first point (in bold) made this product out of discussion as for me, so no more details, sorry.
- In my opinion a worse business model (from customer perspective):
- You always has access to all functionalities
- But free version is limited to single device only
- Need to protect two or more devices — you always must pay
- 55 bucks per year for five devices*
- More devices under protection — monitors certain e-readers as well (Kindle / Nook)
- Parents application (on parents device) unprotected, kid can access anytime
- Quite elastic web panel to manage
- Not many languages supported
*You can save 10 USD when paying for two years in advance (95 USD).
Kaspersky Safe Kids
Summary — in compare to above:
- Better business model (true freemium):
- Limited functionality, but unlimited devices for free
- Pay up, if you want all functions and all stuff
- Way cheaper — only 15 bucks per year for unlimited number of devices.
- Does not support (monitors) e-readers.
- Parents app secured with PIN what can be a little bit annoying*
- So far no web panel, just mobile app
- Many languages supported
*So far I had to enter that damn PIN million of times. No fingerprint support so far.
Limited support for iOS-based mobile devices:
- No calls or text messages monitoring / blocking
- Time-based device locking does not work; only message is displayed that time is up
- The “Panic Button SOS” function is not supported