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How to Keep an Eye on Your Child’s Phone For Free

As a parent, you might be quite worried about your children’s lifestyle. Their Lifestyle includes using electronic gadgets like mobile, laptop, television, and many more. They prefer digital platforms more than another lifestyle.

Don’t you think that your children use devices excessively? Children are addicted to electronic devices and social media platforms such as Computer games, social media like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Tiktok, and many more. They are excessively involved in social media platforms which have created worries for parents. 

Effect of Social Media and Digital Platforms:

Social media has caused lots of stir in the present context. From a child to an elderly person everyone seems to enjoy the company of technology. But too much of everything is not good.

Here are some of the effects due to social media and Digital Platforms:

  1. Mental and Psychological Effect
  2. Cyberbullying
  3. Health Problem
  4. Screen Addiction
  5. Academic Failure
  6. Drug Uses

You can avoid all the negative consequences of digital platforms. There are numerous ways to control your child’s activity especially on mobile phones where it is difficult for you to monitor.

Tips to Monitor Your Child Activity Free of Cost:

Parental Control Software is one of the best ways to monitor your children’s activity. Nowadays, parents and school use this software to control activities such as:

  • Online Predators
  • Phishing
  • Hacking
  • Cyberbullying and many more

But it has a certain cost that every parent cannot afford. You do want your child to be safe but if you can’t afford it then don’t worry. We do have a solution for that. Here are some of the ways to keep an eye on your children’s iPhone and Android phones.

You may want to test the free version before using the full version software. So there are some of the freeways to monitor your children:

1. Fenced.ai

Fenced.ai

Fenced.ai is best known for providing information about your child’s activity and employees. It provides services for parents, schools, and employees. But it is especially meant for those parents who are worried about their children’s performance. 

Let’s know the features of fenced.ai so that it becomes easier for you to know:

Features of Fenced.ai:

  • Free Basic Protection in iOS, Android, and cloud-based.
  • Free demo available to know more about the app.
  • 24/7 detection.
  • Key Logger and Wi-Fi Logger.
  • Alerts notification.
  • GeoFencing Alerts.
  • Blocking inappropriate content.
  • Application Screen Time.
  • Social Media Monitoring and Protection and many more.

Fenced.ai is the most compatible device that I have used in both android and IOS devices. You can monitor every activity through the Fenced.ai dashboard. A free demo will guide throughout the system. This makes it easier for a user to use and know what fenced.ai.

Fenced.ai prices are divided into basic and premium. Where basic costs are $5.83 while premium costs are $8.33.

2. Bark

Bark

First, as I have told earlier it is free of cost with an unlimited period. The bark is best known to give you details of some of the important activities rather than whole activities. 

You may wonder what type of activity? 

Features of Bark:

  • You can use Bark for 7 days free because of the free trial version. But after that, you need to pay certain amounts for membership.
  • Compatible in android and IOS.
  • Text and Email Monitoring.
  • Monitor internet usage in your child’s smartphones.
  • Monitor social media and filter out useless information.
  • Alert Notification.
  • Blocking of inappropriate content.

As the bark is a non-intrusive app it doesn’t report every activity. Instead, it reports only concerned activities. But it is more than enough as it mainly focuses on Internet usage. The Internet consists of riskier activities for your child such as online predators, hacking, cyberbullying, and inappropriate content.

Bark has two ranges of service. Bark Premium costs $14 per month or annually $99 whereas Bark Jr costs $5 per month or annually $49.

3. Family Orbit

Family Orbit

Family Orbit is one of the easiest parental apps. One can easily use it without any complications. A well-designed UI (User Interface), Gives protection against malicious and inappropriate contents. Like other parental control, it provides all the security and protection needed to keep your children safe.

Let’s know the features of Family Orbit in Parental Control:

Features of Family Orbit:

  •  Provides 7 days of a free trial.
  • Monitoring your child’s activities.
  • Compatible with iOS, Android, and cloud-based. 
  • App Blocking.
  • GPS or Location Tracker.
  • Detection and Alert of inappropriate content.
  • Phone usage Monitoring 
  • GeoFencing
  • Filtering contents on the web.

It is one of the best iOS devices for Parental Control that I have used. It supports iOS 13 as well. You can use Family Orbit to monitor your child and act as a barrier for them and their future. Price ranges $19.95 per month.

4.  Norton Family Premier

Norton Family Premier

Norton Family Premier is highly compatible with IOS, Android, and Windows devices. But not compatible with Macs. It is user-friendly software that makes it easier for a user to install and use.

Norton Family Premier is one of the popular parental software. It provides ranges of parental control just like other parental software. 

Features of Norton Family Premier:

  • Norton also provides a free trial.
  • Location tracker.
  • Track your child’s web content and web history.
  • Blocking of inappropriate contents.
  • Track call logs and messages.
  • Limit Screen Time.
  • No limit on the number of devices but time restrictions apply for each device.

Norton is easier to set up and install but social media monitoring emphasizes Facebook and Windows devices. Your child might likely use other social media like Instagram, Twitter, and many more.

 But if you are sure that your children are only addicted to Facebook then it is the best software for you. The price range for Norton premium service ranges from $49.99 per year.

5. Qustodio

Qustodio

The tracking of your children has been easier than before. It is an impressive parental control app that includes all the features you want in parental software. Qustodio is not just for families. It is used in schools and businesses to monitor students and employees.

Features of Qustodio:

  • Provide a 7-day free trial but after the free version ends, it is expensive software.
  •  Compatible in both android and iOS. But, iOS 11 or higher versions are needed.
  • Blocking of inappropriate contents.
  • Call and SMS monitoring.
  • Location Tracking.
  • GeoFencing Tool.
  • Smart Web Filters.
  • Balance Screen Time.
  • Advanced Facebook Monitoring. But, doesn’t give good monitoring of other social media.

Although Qustodio is expensive as compared to other software, it provides a range of features that will make you feel as it is a reasonable price. The more features the more secure your child will be. Price ranges from $54.95 to $137 per year.

6.  Mobile Tracker

Mobile Tracker

Like other parental software, it can monitor your children. The Mobile Tracker is especially for parents who are having a hard time dealing with their children’s online behaviour. It supports you and acts as a barrier to defend inappropriate content.

Features of Mobile Tracker:

  • Provides Free Version Trial for 1 month.
  • Focuses mainly on location tracking.
  • Monitoring services for children and employees.
  • Backup your data.
  • Easy Installation and use.
  • Tracking of messages.

Mobile Tracker has features that are mostly free of cost. But Mobile tracker has fewer ranges of features and services available. The free service is one of its main features. Other than that it monitors social media but not all social media.

It focuses on instant messaging tracking on Facebook, Instagram, Viber, YouTube, and many more without the phone being rooted. But it doesn’t monitor other social media activities except messaging. The price range for additional service is 6-15€ per month.

7. Kaspersky Safe Kids

Kaspersky Safe Kids

Kaspersky Safe Kids is one of the phone monitoring apps for your children and teenagers who are addicted to the Internet. It helps you to keep track of your children’s daily activities and know about what they are doing and thinking.

You may be quite curious about what your child is thinking. Whether or not they have any mental effect, pressure, instability, and many more. So a parental app is the best solution for you.

Features of Kaspersky Safe Kids:

  • Kaspersky has 7-day free trial services.
  • Compatible in pc, mac, and mobile devices. 
  • Manage your child’s screen time.
  • Alert system.
  • Tracking of location.
  • Blocking of inappropriate content.
  • GeoFencing.
  • Web Filtering and alert system.

Kaspersky is one of the popular parental software. It works on unlimited products and provides different features. Social media monitoring limits only Facebook and VK. The price range for Kaspersky Safe Kids is $14.99 per year.

Conclusion:

Parental Control Software is a necessity for everyone. The use of social media and the internet has caused a lot of stir. In today’s generation, you have to be ready to control your child’s online habits. The easiest way is to install parental software and for additional service, purchase the apps.

Harry Lampard
Parenting Expert and content writer at Fenced.ai, Who loves to write an articles based on Brief Research on Parenting and Safety of Kids.
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