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Protecting Young Hearts Resources

Safe and Savvy: The Best Internet and Phone Filters of 2018 - by Courtney Cagle

Free Filtering Software:

K9 Web Protection – It blocks websites in more than 70 categories and offers a SafeSearch feature. You can also set time restrictions, customize what is allowed and blocked, generate reports, and categorize new adult content and sites in real time. K9 offers the best parental controls and filters for a free software. It is available for PC and Mac (K9 Web Protection Features).

Qustodio – This is a browser-based filtering software that is great for filtering pornography, blocking websites, preventing cyberbullying, monitoring social media, and tracking smartphones. Help and tech support are not wonderful, but if you don’t think you’ll be needing much tech support, you should be fine. It is available for PC, Mac, Android and iOS devices. (Johnston, 2018), (Marshall & Ellis, 2018).

KidLogger – This software tracks what your children type, the website they have visited, programs they use, and screenshots they take. You choose what to monitor and can change it depending on the age of your child. This software only works on one device (Marshall & Ellis, 2018).


Filtering Software Available For Purchase:

Net Nanny – This filtering system was rated #1 on TopTenReviews. It filters pornography, questionable chat rooms, and hate sites. You can also create a custom whitelist and blacklist that override the automated filter. Net Nanny is easy to use and walks you through installation step-by-step. It is cloud-based and activity logs can be pulled up from any device. If you have any problems, they have extensive help and support networks available. Social media monitoring is not included in the basic service, but is available with the purchase of Net Nanny Social. Overall, Net Nanny has the most comprehensive and effective internet safety tools. It is available for PC, Mac, Android, and iOS devices (Johnston, 2018).

McAfee – Many know this as an anti-virus software, but they also have filtering services. McAfee offers a website blocker, pornography filter, cyberbullying protector, and social media monitor, complete with near-comprehensive support options and user-friendly software . If you prefer to monitor your child’s chat and messaging activity rather than block sites, you can read conversations or save them for later. It is available for PC, Mac, Android, and iOS devices (Johnston, 2018).

Witigo – A filtering software that allows parents to block content in 27 categories, including pornography and violence. It blocks chat and messenger programs including social media and gaming network chats. It is a tricky program to install, but once installed, it’s easy to use. It has a cloud-based and local filtering system. You can download it to monitor one PC or you can choose the online version to filter and monitor several devices, like phones. There is a whitelist that enables you to allow a website it may have filtered out. It is also has a blacklist where you can add websites you want to be blocked if they are deemed appropriate and you think otherwise. Witigo redirects kids to a kid-friendly sites rather than sending an alert that a site has been blocked. (Johnston, 2018).

Norton Family – This is a great filtering software for pornography, website blocking, and monitoring social media activity. However, it doesn’t monitor online chat conversations or webcam sessions, like some others do. Norton uses a browser-based platform and enables parents to check their child’s activity. Installation has to be performed on the device itself and is user-friendly. This software supports Windows and Android, but is not available for iOS r Mac computers (Johnston, 2018).

Surfie by PureSight – Surfie offers social media monitoring, website filtering, chat room filtering, time control, and file sharing controls. You can put in specific keywords that you want to monitor in chat rooms and once they are used, it will send you a notification. You can also block contacts from messaging your children, which can help prevent cyberbullying. Surfie is easy-to-use and simple to set up. You can also opt in to email alerts and receive comprehensive reports of all activity online. It is available for PC, Mac, Android, and iOS devices (Johnston, 2018).

Covenant Eyes – This is a great software that gives every user an individual username to tailor it to their needs. A report is available for each device that the software is installed on making sure that everyone has internet accountability. Covenant Eyes offers customizable filtering to fit the needs of every family member. It also allows for the internet to be inaccessible at certain times of the day (Family Protection).


Free Filtering at a Router Level:

OpenDNS Family Shield – This service has automatic parental control tools that block domains under headings that you chose. OpenDNS works on PCs, mobile devices, and your network router. If you filter at the router level, all devices on the network will benefit (Marshall & Ellis, 2018).


Filtering at a Router Level For Purchase:

Circle With Disney –This device connects to your network and has parental controls to filter the whole network. After you purchase the hardware, you download an app and follow the simple set-up instructions. The filter is controlled through this app once it is all set up. With Circle, you control which devices have access to the internet and at what time. The internet can be paused on a certain device or on the whole network. (Best Parental Control Router, 2018).

KoalaSafe – This is an easy-to-use device that connects to your existing network. It comes with an app that allows you to access the filter and parental controls. KoalaSafe offers time limits and internet restrictions. You can also monitor apps and websites that have been viewed or accessed. (Best Parental Control Router, 2018).

(2018, June). Safe and Savvy: The Best Internet and Phone Filters of 2018. Retrieved July, 2018, from


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