Since the internet found its way into our homes, there has been a new avenue through which our children can be exposed to inappropriate content. Your children are only a click or a tap away from violent or pornographic content.

Before the advent of smartphones and tablet there was usually only one PC in the home, shared among everyone. Now each individual has a laptop, tablet, smartphone or some combination of devices all to themselves. While it used to be enough to install parental software on the family PC and block all the naughty stuff, now it’s like trying to herd cats.

The good news is that the developers of parental control software have been keeping up with the times. So modern services let you exert control over a wide variety of devices. While there are quite a few to choose from, we’ve settled on Qustodio as a great free product (there is an enhanced paid version too) which covers most of the bases well.

Using that as an example, let us look at how junior can be kept out of trouble.

Installing Parental Controls With Qustodio

The basic premise of Qustodio is that you have two types of installation – parental and child. The software is installed on all of your child’s devices. There is support for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and, for some reason, Kindle.

  • Before you do anything, first sign up for an account here.
  • Now, create a profile for each child. We’ve named ours Test Child, after his grandfather on his mother’s side.
  • Now we have to connect the child’s device to your account so you can take control. On each of your child’s compatible devices, head to the download page and install the relevant version. Alternatively, install it from your respective app store.
  • We’re using an iPad as our test device here, but the process is pretty much the same on other platforms. Since we already have a parental account, just tap I have a parent account.
  • Enter your credentials and log in, and you should see this screen.
  • Choose Kid’s device and then select or create a profile.
  • Name the device and tap next.
  • Finally, you need to grant the app permissions.
  • With that done, you have to install the iOS profile that allows control and monitoring of the device.
  • This will take you to Safari, where you just have to tap allow, then you will be taken to the settings screen.
  • Tap Install to complete the process.If the device has a passcode or admin password you may have to enter it now. On iOS you’ll receive these remote management warnings.
  • Go ahead and agree to remote management. You’ll receive a few more prompts. Simply agree to them and you’ll be taken back to the app for profile verification.
  • Once that’s done the iPad is set up and you should see this screen.
  • Now head back to the website. From where we left off, you’ll see some prompts to help you install the software on the device. Since we’ve already installed the app on our test iPad, simply click through the connection wizard. At the end of the wizard the iPad is automatically detected.
  • Click Explore My Dashboard.
  • From here you can monitor and control your child’s activity on the device in question. Click on Rules to set the parameters for your child.

From here it’s all up to you. Please keep in mind that when you sign up for the free Qustodio account, you’ll be on the premium trial for the first few days.

Some features will be disabled once the trial ends, so be sure to look up which ones are exclusive to a paid account.