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The World Wide Web is an infinite source of information, wisdom and fun. It also is a great environment to meet new people and find folks to share your interests. But at the same time, the Internet is a breeding ground for tons of inappropriate content and dozens of hidden dangers. Many of them threaten the most vulnerable group of Internet users – the kids.
Add the fact that nowadays 91 percent of teenagers (13 to 17 years old) access the Internet via various mobile devices - smartphones, tablets and other gadgets. This makes monitoring and controlling what kids view online even more difficult. Thus, they become exposed to the apparent and hidden Internet dangers – from cyberbullying to sexual content, from gambling to online predators. That is why a concerned parent can hardly be too careful when it comes to letting the child surf the Net these days.
The statistics above persuasively demonstrates why a concerned parent should consider using reliable tools to filter out content in order to stay aware of what their kids are up to while online. Pumpic monitoring app is an ultimate solution that among many other features allows tracking kids’ Internet activity, setting filters to prevent little ones from viewing 18+ content and blocking any website you don’t want your child to visit.
Pumpic is a visible mobile software that has been designed for ethical and legal use only. It means that the app runs openly and doesn’t use hidden mode. We endorse parents who plan to install monitoring app on their kids’ smartphone or tablet to talk honestly to their children about the dangers they are exposed to online and what can be done to avert these perils. Only 61 percent of teens report having such conversation while over 90 percent of parents say they did talk to their teens about online safety.
Android-based smartphones and tablets are incredibly popular as a child’s first mobile device: they are relatively cheap, come in a huge variety of shapes and colors, and there is an enormous number of different free and paid apps in Google Play to fit any taste. The pitfall of handing Android device to a kid is its weak parental controls, which – unlike iOS on Apple products – have very limited functionality. That’s why third-party solutions are often not a whim but a must.
So before introducing your kid to the newly purchased Android gadget, make sure it is family-friendly ready and safety-enabled. Read about potential online risks, review the best Internet filtering options for Android, and choose the most efficient way to prevent your little ones from facing them. Regarding content restriction, you can select to install a separate Internet filter or a comprehensive parental control software.
Separate Internet Filter
Usually, Internet filtering tool can “clean up” the Internet for kids by restricting access to the websites with explicit material. Often based on the child’s age presets, it automatically blocks porn sites, allows keyword filtering as well as adding specific web pages to the blacklist. Some of them are able to mask obscene language instead of blocking the whole page. Another approach is to create a list of trusted websites and let user visit pages only from this whitelist. That’s basically all that Internet filters can do.
Parental Control App
In its turn, comprehensive parental control mobile software is a wider concept that usually includes online content filtering. It also can log all browsing history and track IM texting. However, its functionality reaches far beyond just filtering inappropriate content. Call and SMS tracking, multimedia monitoring, GPS tracking and keylogging – you can do all of that with designated app. Naturally, such functions will be highly demanded by parents who want to protect their children not only from digital but also from real-world dangers.
There are hundreds of parental control apps, and the statistics show that over the half of parents are already using some sort of child Internet filtering feature or software to manage their kids’ Internet use. No one says parenting in the XXI century is easy, but it’s your duty as a parent to choose the best way to protect your little ones from modern perils, be it online or offline. Pumpic allows you to ensure that children will get the most of their Android smartphones or tablets while staying safe and protected.
“We presented our son a long-awaited Android tablet on his 12th birthday. First, my wife thought that a short talk and onboard parental controls would be enough to keep him away from inappropriate content online. You know what? Built-in controls suck because it’s very easy to pass over. After researching the topic and possible solutions, I decided to install Pumpic. IMHO, it’s a good investment.”
“I have a boy. A 16-year-old boy. Parents who have boys of this age will understand me perfectly: this is a period of moving into adulthood, relentless curiosity and raging hormones. We have content filtering set up on our PC long ago. But controlling what he views on his smartphone was a real problem until I installed Pumpic. Now not only I can keep him away from explicit content, view call and text logs, but also keep track of his whereabouts. Great app!”
“A must-have. I won’t go into details, but the fact is that my girl joined some online community where, as I’ve heard on the news, several teenage members committed suicide. First, I hoped to talk her out of this. But, rephrasing the famous saying, you can get much further with a kind word and Pumpic than with a kind word alone. This app helped me to turn my daughter away from this dangerous community and ensure she’ll be just fine.”