5 Best Free Parental Control Software

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Here are 5 best free parental control software.

Internet is never a safe place when it can compromise the safety of your kids. But there are many free parental control software available to manage and monitor your kid’s online activity.

Here is definition of Parental Control Software from Wikipedia:

Parental controls provide parents with automated tools to help protect their children and set restrictions while using devices and services…

…controlling the content which the child views on a device connected to the Internet, or limiting the amount of time they can use their device.

Basically, a parental control software lets you manage what type of activities can your kid do online, which applications or websites your kids can work with, and even manage how much time your kid can work online.

A secondary feature of such free parental control software is to report to you what your kids do online, so that you can see that they have not managed to bypass the restrictions imposed by you.

Here are 5 Best free parental control softwre:

1) OnlineFamily.Norton

OnlineFamily.Norton is a freeware that effectively blocks bad sites, controls time on the computer, supervises chat and reports on all the actions taken online through the system.

OnlineFamily.Norton is a good parental control freeware that provides an option to set parental control over what content a child can access. The restriction can be customized to notify a strict No-Access to a simple email notification to the parent whenever the child accesses the site.

It reports on how long a particular site was used, what search query was used by the child to browse through the site etc. Different controls can be set based on the age of your child.


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Rather than creating an adversary relationship with the child, this software can be used to encourage a good talk between the parent and the child. Find OnlineFamily.Norton here.

2. Windows Live Family Safety

Windows Live Family Safety is a free parental control software which lets you control and monitor the activity of your kids. You can install Windows Live Family Safety Filter on every computer that your child use and it can limit the searches, or block and allow websites, or monitoring IM messenger or hotmail etc.

The software might already be installed in your system if you are using Windows 7. Otherwise download and install the tool. Have a Windows Live ID and setting up controls or filters are absolutely easy. Once installed, every time when you try to access a site, the proxy server will filter the traffic to that account. Windows Live Family Safety is a part of Windows Live suite, that also includes Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Writer, and Windows Live Movie Maker.

Windows Live Family Safety is a brilliant choice for those who want to monitor their child’s online access. Find Windows Live Family Safety tool by following the link.

3. KidZui

KidZui browser is another freeware that in my opinion provides best parental control features for young kids. Kidzui protects your kid from questionable or indecent websites. Once the parent creates his/her account, they can set the child’s account. Based on the age group that the child fit in, KidZui offers a wonderful multimedia experience for them.

KidZui is not filter driven. The contents that are available with KidZui are already approved by the admin based on a whitelist database.

Though I felt that KidZui can’t be given a high rating for older kids as it’s too restrictive for them, it’s a good choice for your younger ones. Reach out KidZui through the link.

4. K9 Web Protection

K9 Web Protection is yet another easy to use free internet filter tool. It blocks offensive contents, and those sites detected as potential malware threats.

Download and install K9 Web Protection. You need to have an activation key to install the software. Your password is the key for every action and you need to remember it even if you want to uninstall the K9 Web Protection tool.

You can also block unwanted image contents from popping up in the site your kids browse. Just the images will not be shown but they are free to browse. But its functionality is limited with web surfing, as chat monitoring does not come with this tool. Avail free K9 Web Protection services by following the link.

5. Parental Control Bar

Parental Control Bar is a free content filter that adds on to your browser. It’s very easy to install and work with. You just need to remember your password.

But the tool only works with the newer versions of IE. The picture below shows the control bar that a parent will have access to. There are pre-labeled contents that Parental Control Bar can block. You can add or modify contents of your own for better filtering.

Though this software can’t be promoted as a good option over the others, it is still good with young kids. Find out more about Parental Control Bar through this link.

Conclusion

Parenting in this age of internet is a challenging task. But these free parental control tools will help you stop watching over your kid’s shoulder! Monitoring cannot always be equated to spying as long as you draw a strict line between these two. Communicate with your child that you are monitoring and give them their freedom in a safe internet zone.

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  • Sarah

    I’d also like to suggest Brightfilter Parental Control… you can download a free 30 day trial from http://www.brightfilter.com/parentalcontrol

  • Jan Doggen

    Please include VISE Parental Control; available in English (www.kidscontrol.eu), German (www.kinderschutzampc.de) and Dutch (www.weetwatzedoen.nl).
    VISE has more options and blocking rules than some of the programs mentioned here.

    • http://www.ilovefreesoftware.com/ Ishan

      @Jan: VISE is not free, while all these are.

  • Lika

    Yep, these programs are nice. And my sister use Actymac DutyWatch for monitoring internet activity of her son.

    • http://www.ilovefreesoftware.com/ Ishan

      @Lika: Actymac looks quite good, and feature rich. That is a good option for Mac users.

  • Orri Friedman

    I’m looking for a tool to monitor and control all PC uses: time restrictions, install rites, use only specific programs, etc. Not web based.
    Any suggestions??

  • Alex

    I think care4teen.com Parental control software withe remote access better than Norton Family

  • http://www.pcwarder.com Pcwarder

    There is a 100% free software called pcwarder that logs every Internet access. It is easy to use and offers great information about your children whereabouts. http:\www.pcwarder.com

  • DavidHall76

    I was shocked when I found out my son had been watching porn while I was at the office. I asked for council at his school and they advised me qustodio which blocks wrong content for kids . So far couldn’t be happier plus it is free, I think it is http://www.qustodio.com but I am not sure, try google if it doesn’t work

  • Andreas Thomas

    It looks the list misses 1 great program, which I’ve been using for 2 years or so.
    The prog is called Time Boss Pro.
    It’s relatively cheap and allows not only block certain sites,
    but reduce their use to 15 minutes, for example.
    http://nicekit.com/parental-control-software.htm

  • Pandoro

    How about PCWebControl? it’s a very good quality software!