Personal & Lifestyle
piece written on the 23rd November 2015 by  

Just a few weeks ago my wife and I were blessed with the birth of our first baby boy. Although it’s only been a few weeks, being a technologist has me thinking into the future and wondering how on earth I’ll protect him against everything that’s out there on the world wide web. In a day and age where everything is happening on mobile devices, it’s becoming increasing hard to monitor what a child might be doing on their device and protecting them even harder.

Facebook alone attracts 1 billion active users a month via mobile devices, and statistics show that the dominant devices being used by children are powered by Android. It’s estimated that by 2017, there will be 1 billion Android devices and with the price of these devices being lower than many competitors, they will be the choice of youngsters.

I’ve been doing work with ESET (IT security company) for many years and I was chatting to one of their Marketing Managers just the other day about my exact fears above. Interestingly, ESET have just launched a parental control app for Android devices that safeguards children on their mobile devices without limiting their experience.

The application comes with a number of great features:

  1. Application Guard: Blocking inappropriate content based on the child’s age.
  2. Time Management: Gives the parent the ability to limit the time spent using apps on their device.
  3. Web Guard: Automatically block predefined website categories, such as adult or offensive content.
  4. Child Locator: See where your child currently is.
  5. Parental Message: An SMS from a parent to the child will lock the child’s phone until they confirm receipt.
  6. Reports for Parents: Reports on app and website usage for the parent to view any time.

Finally, the app allows a child to request access to using an app, viewing a website or having more time playing a game, from their parents.

Here is a collection of screenshots from the application:

ESET Parental Control for Android is available from the Google Play Store or at the portal.