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Cell phones have become an omnipotent instrument in the hands of teens. They have multiple functions and most hazardous is the in-built camera. Unless used scrupulously teenagers could land in wrong conduct and invite avoidable stress to parents.

To help parents to monitor the children’s use of cell phone a lot of free parent control apps are available.

Screen Time Parental Control (Android – Free , iPad – Free )

With this parental control app, you can monitor just how much time your kids are spending on their smart devices, you can also see which specific apps are being used and for how long, receive a notification when your kids try and install a new app and see which websites have been surfed from your kid’s device.

Qustodio Parental Control (Android – Free , iPad – Free )

Qustodio for families is an easy to use and reliable solution for parental control. Qustodio provides powerful monitoring tools and parental controls for things like screen time, adult content and games. The ability to manage devices on multiple platforms provides an added advantage of this app.

The app helps the parents understand how the children are using their phones, including apps and the web, so you can set appropriate limits to manage their online experience. Filtering technology automatically protects kids from unsafe content. Qustodio blocks inappropriate content, even in private browsing mode, and enables you to set limits for games and apps or even block specific titles altogether. You can monitor the time your child spends on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or WhatsApp, track messages and calls, and even set multi-device time limits.

Further, you can track your child’s location and use the panic button to call for help in an emergency.

Qustodio’s highlighted feature is monitoring texts and detailed call logs, with the admin panel easily displaying who your child talks to and texts with the most.

With Qustodio parents have more information to help protect the kids against the growing number of serious online issues such as viewing inappropriate content, cyber bullying, and screen addiction.

ESET Parental Control (Android – Free )

ESET Parental Control is a more fully-featured parental control app that takes a comprehensive approach to keeping young kids safe online. It uses age-based filters to manage which apps the child can and cannot access. It also blocks age-inappropriate websites and website categories. You can set time limits for the app and games that the child is allowed to use, and you can check the location of your child’s device or send a message that they must acknowledge before they continue using the device.

Using the app’s parent portal, you can easily set web filters and restrict access by web categories with their green thumbs up and red thumbs down interface. ESET can monitor device activity and shows your child’s mobile device location any time.

Norton Family parental control (Android – Free , iPad – Free )

Norton Family Parental Control is perfect for families with several children and protects up to 10 devices (PCs, Macs, Androids and iOS). It enables age-appropriate settings for each device, web filtering and tracking their location. It offers an impressive range of parental control and monitoring features for parents of today’s hyper-connected kids. The app keeps you informed of which sites your kids are visiting, and blocking harmful or inappropriate sites. It also helps your kids balance time spent online by scheduling screen time limits for their device usage.

The app allows you to see the words, terms and videos the kids are searching for on their devices. The parents will also get detailed reports on what their kids are doing online. Personal Information Protection feature will help your children avoid giving out sensitive information when online, including phone number, school they attend. Using the Social Network Supervision, you can see how frequently your kids log on to Facebook from their PCs or apps, and the name and age they use on their profiles, so you can talk to them about smart social media habits.

Android version allows you to see which apps your kids have downloaded on their devices. The advantage is that the app also defends against viruses. spyware, malware and other online threats.

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