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How to Set Parental Controls on Android Tablet

September 25, 2015
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Having kids imposes many responsibilities. Taking into consideration the time they spend with mobile devices in hands, finding out how to put parental controls on a tablet or smartphone sounds like a reasonable part of parental duties to start with.

Statistically, kids of 2 y. o. spend at least 10 minutes on mobile gadgets each day.

For this and many other purposes, multifeature mobile monitoring apps like Pumpic are created. With such software at your command you can track location, control app usage, manipulate the device remotely, and follow online activities including social media, chats, and browsing, which are issues causing many parent concerns these days.

Alternatively, and at your own risk, you can turn to built-in restrictions of the operating system that runs your child’s device. However, they will hardly provide your children with enough security to resist all online dangers, not to speak of those kids may face during daily activities.

For now, let’s take a closer at how to set parental controls on Android tablet. There are not many, but some ways to protect your kids by using options coming right out of box.

The first one is to create a separate account for them and limit the number of features allowed for using. Go to Settings > Users > General and create a new profile. Set your secret password so as kids couldn’t bypass your restrictions and log in on your behalf. Right after, you will see a list of applications installed on the device. Mark those you let your children use. The others will be hidden from them without any chance to play or access somehow.

Another way of parental security is restricting in-app purchases. There are many cases when children bought some bonuses available in so-called “games for free” wasting enormous sums. Sure, sometimes the companies responsible for neglecting limits for the underage using parents’ bank accounts had to refund the money spent. However, those were rather exceptions than a rule.
To prevent kids from wasting your money in games and other applications with in-app offers, open the Play Store app and proceed to Menu. Go to Settings > User Controls and tap “Require authentication for purchases”.

Additionally, you should better disable the option to download and install applications from other sources than Play Store. Go to Settings > Security > More and turn off the option “allow installation of apps from unknown sources”.

In conclusion, apply content filtering. Open Play Store and proceed to Menu once again. Go to User Controls > Parental Controls. To turn it on, first set a secret key to prevent your children form changing the settings. Right after, you will be provided with a list of categories on restrict with age limits. You can specify age for apps, games, movies, TV, and music. Thus, your kids will have no possibility to come across inappropriate content on the web.

Now you know how to setup parental controls on Android tablet. However, there are many more perils your children may face. Cyberbullying, online predators, sexting, and online abuse are among them. And built-in restrictions won’t cope with them.

With Pumpic, you will be able to monitor Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApps etc. in addition to all the options mentioned in the article. Moreover, it allows tracking the exact GPS position and set geo-fences as many careful parents do these days. Take care of your kids with Pumpic mobile monitoring and keep your eyes open!

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