Parental control or monitoring are applications designed to allow the parent to control the activity of their children on computer while they are online (web surfing) or offline (playing games, using different programs).They are preventing the kids to access inappropriate websites.
The parents can block the access to different types of websites and programs, can schedule the internet access, can view reports with visited websites, programs used and the time spent on each activity on a given computer.
Based on these reports, the parents can add new websites and programs in the blocking list.
Especially on internet, the kids are exposed to different types of information. There are more than 1 billion of websites, each of them with thousands of pages.
Pornography is highly searched on internet and there are many, many sites with this type of content. Different studies show that the average first exposure to porn is 11 Besides that, children can download by mistake viruses or trojans (disguised in email attachments, games and even pictures) and infect the computer. Or they can access gambling sites and spend money.
Based on reports provided by parental control programs, you can educate and explain them what to do or not while using the web.
Blocking There are many websites and is impossible to know all of them, so is very important to block websites by category. Best programs include built-in categories (ex. Pornography) which already include a database with websites.
Tracking A good parental control program will record visited websites, programs used and the time spent on different activities.
Management and Control Is very important that you can change settings and view reports from anywhere. The best applications provide an online account and you can access data and change the filters anytime and from anywhere.
Reporting Again, is very important that you can access the reports from anywhere (online account). Also, there are useful the reports sent regularly by email and alerts for different events.
Scheduling The best programs allow to set time intervals when the internet can be used or not, to set a maximum limit of the daily time (in hours and minutes) for the internet access.