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Monitor Which Websites Your Kids Visit With These Apps

How can you monitor your child's iPhone? Here are the best free parental control apps for iOS.

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Monitoring apps let you track another person's activity on their iPhone or iPad, from messages and phone logs to app installations and phone locations. While parental control apps can be used bymore

Monitoring apps let you track another person's activity on their iPhone or iPad, from messages and phone logs to app installations and phone locations. While parental control apps can be used by parents to track and restrict their children's activities or for employers to monitor their reports' actions on company devices, monitoring apps can also be used as illicit spying tools on untrustworthy lovers, for example. Just beware that iOS devices are harder to crack than their Android counterparts, so monitoring others' iPhones or iPads via third-party apps is limited.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I install monitoring software on another user's iPhone or iPad?
In most cases you need to have control over the phone, or at least the user's iCloud log-in credentials in order to install sophisticated tracking software.
Can I legally install monitoring software on another user's iOS device?
In most cases it is a violation of federal and state law to spy on another user's digital activities without their knowledge.
Are there built-in controls on iOS devices that I can use to monitor my kids' activities?
Yes, Apple has built-in parental controls that you can use. Tap Settings, then General, then Restrictions, then Enable Restrictions. Enter a passcode in order to disable the restrictions later. You'll want to toggle individual apps and the ability to make purchases off. Here you can also block explicit media, prevent Siri from using explicit language, and block adult content.

Best Parental Control Apps

Norton Family parental control

Norton Family parental control

Add the Norton Family app to your children's iPhone or iPad, which will install the Norton browser. Limit their website access within the Norton Family portal and get notified when they attempt to access blocked websites. You'll also see which searches they're performing and which YouTube videos they've watched within the Norton Family portal. A free Norton Family account is required to use the app, which offers mostly Internet and social media supervision and seven-day activity reports. But the Premier and Premium tiers ($49.99 to $109.99) offer escalating protection, from location supervision and monthly reports (Premier) to identity protection and multi-device support (Premium).

Qustodio Parental Control

Qustodio Parental Control

Add Qustodio to your children's iOS device, and inappropriate websites get blocked automagically. You can then monitor their activity from the Qustodio app on your phone. You'll now be able to monitor their web activities and filter inappropriate content from any site on any browser. You can also monitor or block the use of 50 popular apps. The premium version, with plans starting at $36.99, enables you to monitor more devices and unlocks more reporting information and features.

OurPact - Parental Control & Screen Time Manager

OurPact - Parental Control & Screen Time Manager

More affordable, OurPact allows parents to set daily screen time limits, find family members using geolocation, and block problematic websites and apps. The free account provides limited functionality and paid accounts ($1.99 to $4.99) offer more control over multiple devices.