You don't need to worry about giving your kid a smartphone, as long as it's got Net Nanny for Android. Like its Windows cousin, ContentWatch's app monitors user activity, blocks restricted sites and inappropriate content, and even limits which apps can run. Parents can administer devices and view reports on Net Nanny's Web console. Net Nanny for Android runs in Android 2.2 and up as well as Kindle Fire. It requires a Net Nanny account, but several subscription options are available, including a free 14-day trial.
Remote control: Parents or administrators can remotely configure and monitor Net Nanny-protected devices online.
Not just for parents: Employers can use Net Nanny to keep employees from abusing company-supplied phones, too.
User controls: Net Nanny for Android can block profanity or any inappropriate content and also limits access periods. Age-based profiles make configuration easier.
App Manager: The App Manager lets parents remotely monitor, block, and even uninstall apps on the device.
Dashboard wiped: A recent update enhanced Net Nanny's reporting but wiped existing Dashboard data, so you may want to back up any data you want to save.
Slower connections: Like most monitoring and filtering software, Net Nanny for Android can slow down data transfer speeds.
If you thought your kids could get into trouble on their home PC, just wait until they start carrying smartphones. Fortunately, Net Nanny for Android puts powerful parental controls in your hands -- not theirs.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Net Nanny for Android 2.2.3.
* New Feature: Net Nanny has reports for online web searches, these reports are visible in the Parent Admin Console.
* Improved accuracy in filtering encrypted websites and content
* Enhancements to make the App faster and more dependable
Manage settings at https://admin.netnanny.com
The original, award-winning Net Nanny parental controls is now available for Android. Give your child the freedom to surf the Internet without the fear of inappropriate content. Net Nanny is a custom mobile browser that becomes your child's default browser. Manage which apps your child can or cannot use on their mobile device. Manage your child's settings and devices, view reports, add users and much more from the web-based console. Simply follow the installation instructions and create a user profile for your child on his or her device. Use one of the pre-defined age-based user profiles or customize settings to include categories you create or specific sites you wish to block or allow.
Show which apps are installed on the protected mobile device. Parents can block unwanted apps, see when new apps are installed, and even prevent new apps from running until approved.
Choose from among four pre-defined, age-appropriate user profiles for your filter settings: Child (ages 7 and under), Pre-teen (ages 8-12), Teen (ages 13-17), Adult, or customize your own settings.
18 FILTERING CATEGORIES
Each category can be configured to Block, Warn or Allow access to a page containing content in that category. Parents can also create their own custom categories.
STRICT SAFE SEARCH ENFORCEMENT
This app enforces the strictest safe search setting on all popular search engines.
Once installed, kids must use the Net Nanny browser. Other browsers cannot launch. Administrator credentials are required to uninstall the app. It also prevents most common task killers and app managers from stopping or uninstalling the app. SSL proxy sites are filtered. Strong uninstall and anti-circumvention tools ensure your child is always protected.
REAL TIME CONTEXTUAL ANALYSIS
Web pages are categorized in real time, including brand-new web sites and sites with user-generated content, such as comments or posts. With over 150,000 new web pages each day, traditional list-based filters cannot adequately protect your family.
Filter HTTPS sites using real time contextual analysis
Swear words are replaced with characters (@#$%) so web pages with otherwise-appropriate content can still be viewed.
REMOTE WEB-BASED MANAGEMENT
Administrators can manage any number of users and devices from a web-based console. Log in at admin.netnanny.com to manage your family's settings and account. Setting changes are reflected on the device in under a minute. You can also manage your Windows, Mac, or iOS users from the same console and the user and family settings will work across all four products.
TIME CONTROLS (WEB BROWSING)
Set when and how long (per day or per week) that your child will be allowed to browse the internet using their protected Android device.
CUSTOM WHITELIST AND BLACKLIST
Create custom lists for sites that should always be allowed (whitelist) or always be blocked (blacklist). Parents can also permanently override a blocked site on the device.
WIFI AND 3G/4G/LTE PROTECTION
Your child's mobile device is protected no matter what network they are using.
Use the web-based Admin Console to view top web pages visited, blocked categories and alerts.
Receive email notifications whenever a site is blocked, a block is overridden, or other events occur