It is a scary world out there, and kids really need to be well protected from the online predators, scammers, cyberbullying, sexing and other potential dangers we didn’t have to face when we were kids.
The Internet is an amazing place for learning and opening new horizons, meeting new friends and expressing creativity. But with all its benefits, there is a murky side: online deception, child sexual abuse, fraud, bullying, etc.
As a parent, you want your kids to be fully-protected when they surf the Net, but for this, you don’t need to shut it down completely, just filter out the nasty and inappropriate stuff.
Net Nanny is one of those tools that track and protects your kid across all their Windows, Android, iOS (iPhones, iPad, Mac) devices. It has good abilities for Web filtering and Internet time scheduling functionality.
The Net Nanny`s price depends on the number of devices you wish to monitor, for instance:
Note! Net Nanny supports any mobile devices that run on iOS 8 and Android 2.3 or higher. To monitor Mac, a computer needs to have at least OS 10.7.
In the recent past, parents had an opportunity to monitor their kids` social media activity with Net Nanny Social. But it should be noted that this feature is no longer available for purchase because both Facebook and Instagram no longer support the API services that Net Nanny uses.
However, Net Nanny still provides adults with a Password Account Manager, allowing them to avoid access to harmful sites, containing pornography or gambling. Using this service, Net Nanny controls your account settings and changes your password every day which allows to prevent you from making changes. The price depends on whether you want to have unlimited email/phone access ($49.99 per year) or only unlimited email access ($29.99 per year).
Net Nanny is available on:
The newest versions of Net Nanny (6.5 or 7) are currently supported on:
Note! For installation, the Internet should be enabled on your device.
Note! If you bought the Net Nanny software online, your registration number is sent to your email. If you bought it in a store, the registration number came with your CD.
If you can`t connect the ContentWatch registration server, you will get a popup reminding you to verify that the firewall is disabled and asking if you want to configure proxy server settings.
You can connect to the ContentWatch using the proxy server if the following criteria are met:
For proxy settings configuration, follow the next steps:
Note! Net Nanny will not start to protect your computer until it is restarted. Once a computer is restarted, a Net Nanny systray icon appears at the bottom of your PC desktop.
The Net Nanny systray icon provides a quick right-click access to the next options:
Nowadays, one of the most disputable questions for the most parents is how to keep kids safe online, and taking the device away is often not an option. It is important to help kids to use all the advantages of modern technologies and form healthy screen time habits, providing the guidance in the digital dimension. Net Nanny helps parents with this.
Screen time – Screen time is the other issue that keeps most of the parents worried when it comes to electronic device usage. Net Nanny provides parents with a bunch of tools to help moderating kid`s and your own time online.
You can decide on your own when your kids are allowed to access the Internet or use different apps on their devices. Beyond that, it is possible to block Internet access for a particular time span (like a bed, school or family time). So you can be 100 % sure your kid will not secretly sneak to the Internet when they supposed to have a sleep or start the day early in the morning from checking their social media accounts. So, this feature does its work like the most parental control apps do, not better and not worse.
Also, Net Nanny has the other features which are very similar to the basic features the most parental controls have. They include:
Besides, you can choose a timespan you want to check (today, last week or last month). It is important to note that logs over 30 days are erased automatically.
The account report shows a pile chart with the prevalence of different blocked content categories. Clicking on any pile slice, parents can view the list of the websites involved, as well as the action, that was taken for each of them, the device from which the access was made and the number of attempts. Clicking on any item deeper, the page title, user, time stamps, and URLs will be available. Their reporting system is impressive. You can view every level of detail, from a thousand-foot overview to a list of every visit to a particular unwanted site.
One of the main things Net Nanny doesn`t report is a kid`s GPS location like the most parental controls do nowadays. Some, like mSpy, takes this step further with the ability to set up geo-fences, marking safe and dangerous areas on the virtual map. The mSpy parental control app can notify parents when a kid breaches these zones, which is very helpful for parents who want to make sure their kids not skipping classes and get home from school safely.
Like the other monitoring apps Net Nanny has its own ups and downs:
Unlike the Net Nanny, mSpy parental control app is not only aimed at the content filtering. It gives a possibility to track kid`s GPS location and set safe and dangerous areas with geo-fencing. Besides, parents can:
Net Nanny is a useful tool for the modern world. However, the Net Nanny app didn`t get sufficient updates in the last few years, and it is really starting to show its age. Net Nanny was a good choice over the years, but currently, we recommend mSpy all for your parental control needs.