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Parental Control for iPhones and Androids: Pros and Cons

February 1, 2016
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Even kids of the strictest parents can be naughty from time to time. Add here the peer pressure, restless teen age, and impunity (at least partial one) given by modern technologies that might offer anonymity, and you will get a burning mixture that might blow up hard, if you don’t keep it under a wise and attentive control.

Dear worried parents should keep in mind that no matter how good and patient you are, how persistently and regularly you tell your kid about how to behave online and what activities are guaranteed to bring them troubles, sooner or later they will do something wrong. Such mistakes and deeds are a part of growing-up process, as psychologists say. But does it mean you should sit and wait for something nasty to come? For sure, no – here are some guidance for parental control realization on iPhones and Androids.

Problem Description

As mentioned in numerous articles, kids consider sexting a normal part of communication, as in such a way they learn about their own sexuality. But this fact does not make the process of exchanging and keeping someone’s nude (or even semi-nude) pictures on a phone more appropriate or legal. There are plenty of cases, when underage children are being punished under distribution of child pornography.

dangers of smartphones to kids

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So-called vault apps have become pretty popular for such needs – mimicking into boring tools like calculator, these are used for safe storage of inappropriate content, and recent revelations in number of schools increased the need for monitoring children’s activities in general, and an opportunity to detect such apps in particular.

Another problem parents have to cope with is paid in-app content – a great part of modern smartphone games are ‘freemium’. This means you download and play them for free, but investing a dime gives much more opportunities – new characters to play for or faster upgrades. Needless to say that kids tend to rack up some huge charges to parents’ credit cards.

Parental Control on Smartphones

Based on the general issues parents want to control – blocking adult content while web surfing, apps management and purchases, monitoring vault apps and preventing kids from using monthly cellular data limit in one day – the following conclusions might be made for iPhone and Android devices in favor of applying monitoring software like Pumpic – for kids’ security.

iphone parental control app

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Pros and Cons for Parenting Control Settings On iPhones

As to the pros, iPhone seems to be more a appropriate choice for parents, who want to have a full control over their kids’ web surfing. The standard features like Family Sharing will save you cash for apps – with the one group account for the store you will only have to pay for an app once, and the whole family would use it for free. Also, this feature has ‘Ask to Buy’ part – every purchase needs to be proved by credit card owner, so you will always know what kids of apps you kid has.

Restrictions feature allows controlling the cellular data limits – you can block the most resource-needing apps from using a cellular connection, and forbid any changes to this parameter. Safari app allows blocking adult content from being showed in search.

The cons are obvious – you basically only have the pre-installed parenting control options, and if those are not enough for you, installing another app would be a problem without a ‘jailbreak’. However, some apps, and Pumpic is one of them, allow parents to keep track of kids’ devices without jailbreak – consider the iCloud Solution!

android parental control

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Pros and Cons for Parental Control Settings On Androids

The pros are a sort of mirroring the pros and cons for iPhone. Thus, the main pros for parental control on Android devices lie in the OS itself – being quite open and offering third-party developers a chance to produce apps, it offers you much broader opportunities concerning parental monitoring, and it is without having to get Root rights. Such apps like Pumpic, for instance, provide you with more than consumptive information concerning your kids’ social life and phone use.

The cons are a lack of in-built parenting opportunities, especially those saving your cellular data and preventing kids from strangers on the web.

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Rachel Fowlers
Rachel Flowers is a journalist with a big passion for technologies. She has recently graduated from San Francisco State University and sees herself as a freelance writer. She enjoys blogging about computer and mobile technologies as well as different software. In her free time, she learns coding and foreign languages. Contact .

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