SmyleSafe: Parental Controls Review

SmyleSafe: Parental Controls Review

Nov 2, 2012

The web is full of some really unsavory things. Items not meant for children or even the “normal” person. (Said with a shudder.) When there are younger more impressionable people in the picture, making sure some parts of the internet are filtered is essential. SmyleSafe help do just that.

SmyleSafe is a parental control for Android phones (other mobile operating systems also supported). SmyleSafe is a web browser for the kids, gives parents a lot of insight into what the kids are seeing and able to see. First off, SmyleSafe lets the parents see everything the kids are looking at by using the Online Dashboard.

The dashboard will show all of the browser activity. Part of what the parent or administrator will see is the URL, the date and time the site was visited and more. If the site is blocked and it is ok for the child to visit, the URL can be Whitelisted. If the site is not ok but the child can see it, the parent can revoke access via the online dashboard.

A neat feature is the Age-based Filtering. This will let the parent choose the appropriateness of the websites with one setting. Some of the age ranges span several years, so it might be worth it to keep an eye on the URLs visited for a while to make sure the kids are not trying to sneak past boundaries.

Location Tracking and GeoFencing can be another useful feature. Kids are really busy these days with after school activities and friends. And remembering back to my younger days, I know I didn’t always pay attention to the areas my parents told me I could go. With the GeoFencing, if the device leaves the area designated the parent is emailed letting them know the child is on the move.

Because the newer phones are made what they are by the apps downloaded to them, the kids can request apps and sites from the administrator. Also, the Applications Blocking system will not let the kids run apps not appropriate for their age. The parent can also block the Google Play Store all together.

More can be learned at their site – SmyleSafe or the Google Play Store.

SmyleSafe: Parental Controls Review Rundown

User Interface - the web and the mobile user screens are laid out in a way that's pretty easy to use.
Usefulness - A must for protecting your younger mobile internet users.
Performance - I didn't run into any snags when setting up an account or using SmyleSafe.
Value - Other free services are available. Few have similar features let alone all of these packed into one app.
Overall - I think SmyleSafe is a great appliction and a must have for any parent with tech savvy kids.

App available on the Google Play Store »

Trevor Dobrygoski
Trevor is a freelance writer covering topics ranging from the Android OS to free web and desktop applications. When he is not writing about mobile productivity, He is coaching and playing the world's greatest game... Soccer.
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