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    • Supporting platforms – Windows, iOS, Android, Mac OS X, Kindle, and Chromebook
    • Activity Record – Websites and social usage. Does not offer any SMS or call monitoring. 
    • Blocking and Filtering – Allows to filter and block search phrases, apps and websites
    • Ease of use – Comparatively easy to install and set up
    • Extra services – One of the best for iphone
4.0 rating based on 1 rating
$49.99

By parentalguru


Mobicip Review

Introduction

Mobicip is a pioneer in the parental control software space, having put in more than a decade of work in making the internet safe for our children. It has spent that decade building some excellent, unique features. We are particularly impressed with Mobicip’s ability to control all applications on iOS and Android devices. This is very rare, particularly when it comes to iOS which makes it very difficult for third-party softwares to penetrate their operating systems.

Video monitoring is also tops; not only can particular video apps or websites simply be blocked, all videos your child watches will be display right in the parental control dashboard.

There are, however, some downsides to the product as well, perhaps also due to it’s decade plus of operation. The user interface is pretty clunky and should be updated. We are not fans of the screen time methodology, which allows only downtime scheduling and a instant “block screen time” feature – notably missing important daily time limits capabilities. Mobicip does a pretty good job cauterizing searches through it’s own app, but does not enable safe search across multiple browsers. They also have not integrated SMS or call monitoring, which is important to some families.

Mobicip charges $49.99 to cover five devices, a reasonable price for a very good parental control product.

Mobicip Parental Software

After setting up your child’s profile and linking his or her devices, head over to the “family”tab and begin the configuration process.

Mobicip offers suggested parental control settings based on your child’s age, but it is worthwhile navigating through the different sections to customize. Actually, when we initially opened our account, Ryan’s age-appropriate setting control was listed as strict; at some point it changed to custom, which made customization a bit more of a chore. Anyway, navigate to “family” to get things started.

mobicip set up

Web Filters

Mobicip breaks the entire world wide web into 29 categories for blocking, and a 30th called uncategorized that contains all the sites that don’t quite fit.

Specific websites may be blocked or allowed, circumventing the wider classifications associated with the sites category.

We are big fans of Mobicip’s video monitoring solution. Links to all videos watched by your child populate on the dashboard, and with a click you may watch what they have been watching.

Application Management

Mobicip divvies up applications into three separate categories, social, video, and apps, all of which can be blocked or allowed via Mobicip on your child’s phone.

The ability to block apps requires syncing up your child’s device and your computer, which then remotely controls the phone. This is a unique and quite a handy feature; most parental control systems are unable to remotely block apps, particularly on iOS, and Mobicip’s development of this remote management concept deserves praise.

Note that all applications your child has actually downloaded will appear in this app section.

mobicip application mangement

Time Management

There are no screen time limitations established as default, so we needed to set up the permissible and disallowed hours per day.  We have agreed as a family that all screens are down from 7 pm until 7 am during the week, 9 pm until 7 am weekends, and we set things up thusly.

Strangely, you are unable to set a limit on permissible screen hours per day, which is pretty standard for parental control apps. However, Mobicip does allow parents the ability to block screen time at a whim, and there is also a nifty – block all screens, it’s family time button. Both perhaps useful depending, though if we had to choose we would pick the standard daily limit capability.  Oh well, this can be done directly from your child’s mobile device anyway.

mobicip screen time

Mobicip Activity Record

Searching Safely

Parents may also block search phrases, which is to us a pretty useless feature. Mobicip has not done a great job integrating safe search functionalities, which makes it extremely difficult to establish  comprehensive search filtering.

On mobile, you can set up the Mobicip app in “safe browser mode” as opposed to “VPN mode”, which does seem to have some standard safe browsing features. (For instance, pornography sites are no longer displayed when searched for).

Make sure to disable other web browsers in conjunction with this mode, otherwise your child will simply be able to use Chrome or some other app to browse unimpeded.

mobicip filtering mode

Communication Monitoring

Mobicip does not offer any SMS or call monitoring.

Social Media Monitoring

Mobicip allows parents to block any social app altogether, or to monitor how much any given social app is being used. Parents will be unable to monitor a child’s wall or friends, as some competition might allow.

Location Tracking

Mobicip provides basic location tracking. To set up location tracking, you must download the supervise app on your computer. Most will want to download supervise because it provides excellent application monitoring and control capabilities; however, usually parental control apps provide location monitoring without having to go through an additional, somewhat cumbersome process.

Pricing

Mobicip offers a basic version that covers up to five devices for $49.99$ a year. If more devices are needed you can upgrade your version up to 20 devices. Mobicip also offers an enterprise version for schools and businesses.

Conclusion

Mobicip offers really excellent Video and App monitoring capabilities, thanks to Mobicip Supervise. We are less enthralled with the time management capabilities, though we do appreciate the unique ability to block all screens at once for family time. It would improve the product were Mobicip to integrate daily time limits, though most families will be able to create the same effect simply by establishing  specific time windows during which screen time is allowed.

Watch this Mobicip parental control software review to learn more about how to set up Mobicip

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