Parental Control and Monitoring Tools

You want to help your child navigate the online world, but there are so many options in monitoring software and hardware. We get it. It’s overwhelming. So we've done the work for you. Here, you can see what features each provides, compare and make the right choice for your family.

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 BarkBoomerangCircle with DisneyClean RouterESETKaspersky Safe KidsMobicipMy Mobile WatchdogNet NannyOpenDNS Home VIPOurPactQustodioSafeDNSScreen TimeSymantec Norton Family PremiereUKnowKids PremierWebSafetyWebWatcher
Websitewww.bark.ushttps://useboomerang.com/www.meetcircle.comwww.cleanrouter.comhttps://parentalcontrol.eset.comhttps://usa.kaspersky.com/safe-kidswww.mobicip.comwww.mymobilewatchdog.comwww.netnanny.comwww.opendns.comourpact.comwww.qustodio.comwww.safedns.comhttps://screentimelabs.com/https://us.norton.com/norton-family-premierwww.uknowkids.comhttps://www.websafety.com/https://webwatcher.com/
Price$9/month$30.99/year99.99149$29.99/year14.99/year$39.99 to $159.99/year$99/year$39 to $89.99/year19.95/year$6.99/month$54.95 to $137.95/year19.95/year$4.00/month49.99/year$140-$180/year$5.99/month$129.99/year
Free optionnononononoyes - limited functionalityyes - one devicenonoyesyesyes - 1 device, limited functionalitynoyesnononono
Devices supportediOS, Android, Amazon FireiOS and Androidany deviceany deviceAndroidAndroid, iOS, Windows, MaciOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Chrombook, Kindle, NookAndroid, iOS, Windows, MaciOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Chrombook, Kindle, NookiOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Kindle, NookiOS, Android, WindowsiOS and AndroidAndroid, iOS, WindowsiOS, Android (phones only)iOS, AndroidiOS, Android, PC, MAC
Hardware or softwaresoftwaresoftwarehardwarehardwaresoftwaresoftwaresoftwaresoftwaresoftwaresoftwaresoftwaresoftwaresoftwarehardwaresoftwaresoftwaresoftwaresoftware
Limit on children/devicesnoup to 10nonenoneone/onenoneup to 20up to fiveJanuary 28, 1900nonenoJanuary 26, 19003/noneApril 24, 1900none4/8yesyes
Per user settingsyesyesyesnoyesyesyesyesyesnoyesyesnoyesyesyesyesyes
Remote managementyesyesnoyesnoyesyesyesyesnoyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Alertsyesyesnononoyesnoyesyesnoyesyesnonoyesyesyesyes
Time limit (overall)noyesyesyesyesyesnoyesyesnoyesyesyesyesAndroid onlynoyes
Time limit (by app)noyesyesyesyesyesnononononoyesnoyesyesnono
Access schedulingyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnoyesyesyesyesyesnoyesno
Content filteringnoyesyesyesyesyes, limited browsersyesnoyesyesyesyesyesnoyesnoyesyes
Website filtersnoyesyesyesyesyesyesnoyesyesyesyesyesnoyesyesnoyes
Website monitoringyesyesyesyesnoyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesAndroid onlyyesyesAndroid onlyyes
Social media monitoringyesnonononoFacebook onlynonomany popular networksnoyesFacebook onlynonoFacebook onlyyes, Facebook, Twitter, InstagramFacebook and Instagramlimited
Monitor usageyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Block appsnoyesyesnoyesyesyesyesnonoyesyesnoAndroid onlyyesnonono
Block contentnoyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnoyesnonoyes
Location trackingnonononoyesyesyesyesnonoyesyesnonoyesyesyesyes
Geofencingnoyesnononoyesnonononoyesnonononoyesyesno
Call/SMS trackingyesAndroid onlynononoAndroid onlynoyesnononot callsyesnonoAndroid onlyyesyes
Misc.only monitors private messages for Instagram, Snapchat and Music.ly on Androidmobile only, need to use their browserpause button, rewards, customize profilesreports, safe search, send your child a message, reportsMore robust on Androidcan view Android apps on a device, reports, lock devices instantlyremote wipe/restore device, print reportsmasks profanity on webpagesapplies control at the network level, activity graphnew app alerts,panic button, online dashboard, English and Spanishusage reports, network-wide content filteringinstant pause, free play mode, earn time with taskssearch and YouTube reports, ability to lock devicetext lingo translations, digital safety workshopscan review summary of posts, comments and images in one place, remote device lockdowndetailed reports, not real-time monitoring

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For informational use only. Hashtag Parenting does not recommend any one monitoring platform and encourages you to do your own research before deciding on which is right for your family.