Which smartphone has the best parental controls?
I would prefer options like blocking internet for certain hours. Restriction to certain apps and if any important alerts could be sent to parents on their phone.
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There are several ways to protect your child from accessing inappropriate content on your Android smartphone. Note that none of these measures are fool-proof. Tech-savvy children can always find a way to bypass parental controls, but they will help ensure that children stay safe while enjoying the opportunities of the digital world. Remember that the best way to keep your children safe is by teaching them a healthy critical sense, keeping an ongoing dialogue with them about their digital activities and, in general, by empowering children as digital citizens.
Apps that are available through Google’s Android Market are labelled according to a rating system with four levels: Everyone, Low Maturity, Medium Maturity or High Maturity.
On your Android smartphone or tablet computer you can filter apps by ratings to allow children to only install apps that are appropriate for their specific age group. Here's how:
- Launch the Android Market
- Click MENU
- Click SETTINGS button Under ‘Content Filtering’
- On the PULL DOWN menu Select the appropriate maturity level
- Tap the Lock icon to enter a numeric pin required to change settings in the future (optional)
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Well, that's going to depend on lots of things isn't it? Which country, the resources offered by the service provider, the facilities on the phone, the software platform (i.e. Android, iOS etc.)
Here in the UK there's lots of activity around legislation to help 'manage' the risks and organisations like UKCCIS (UK Council for Child Internet Safety) are leveraging for tighter controls. The whole issue is a bit of a nightmare as the phone manufacturers themselves can't really dictate how their technology is used and thus it becomes more of a service provision issue. Then again, there are plenty of app's appearing that offer ever safer experiences.
Summary. It's a bit of a moving feast, but at least it has the attention of key stakeholders........that's us. Let's keep up the pressure!