Qustodio keeps a close eye on all the websites visited along with social network activity, chat sessions and online searches performed. However, the tool would not be able to read emails that your child receives or sends, but it comes equipped with some high-end algorithms which could help you in determining if your child is being cyberbullied or harassed sexually.
Social monitoring is limited to facebook. Parents may track all timeline activity from the dashboard – pictures, timeline posts, and who is commenting – but are unable to see private messages or a list of your child’s friends.
In order to set up the facebook monitoring, your child will need to accept the Qustodio plug in; the request will automatically be sent once you enable facebook tracking from the dashboard. This is a one-time thing; Qustodio will run on facebook unseen after permission is granted.
SMS and call logging and monitoring is available on Android devices. While an iphone solution is notably absent, this affects all of the parental control softwares, and is entirely on Apple. There are solutions that log your child’s keystrokes to construct their SMS conversation, and “bug” the phone for call recording, that is serious spy stuff and pretty far outside the main.
SMS and Call Monitoring: Android Only
Block incoming calls: Yes
Block outgoing calls:Yes
Individual Number Exception: Yes
Video Call Monitoring: No
Blocking and Filtering
In addition to keeping a close track of your child’s online activity, Qustodio also helps you filter and block online resources, portals, and websites which you think are unfit for your child.
You can do so by logging into the software. Next, create a unique user ID for your children. Once done, under the Settings, adjust the website categories your child is given access to. This way you can be sure of what all websites your child is allowed to visit and browse.
That said, you can easily bar categories like violence, drugs, gambling, alcohol. Mature content, social networks and so on.
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|| Five Devices: $54.95
Ten Devices: $96.95
15 Devices: $137.95
Basic Option: Free. One device, limited settings.