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Comprehensive parental controls How To Use Windows’ Parental Controls To Restrict Your Child's Use Of The PC How To Use Windows’ Parental Controls To Restrict Your Child's Use Of The PC Computers can be intimidating to parents. Allowing children the opportunity to understand computers is important, but a PC can be used to explore curiosities that are inappropriate. They also can turn into massive time sinks... Read More are a common feature in operating systems like Windows and OS X, but they’ve been notably lacking from Android. Quality third-party solutions are also lacking (there has been just one free option), leaving parents with few options.

To fill this gap, Symantec is now offering a free app called Norton Safety Minder. All of the usual parental control features are offered including online activity reports and the ability to block websites (via the default browser). These basic features can be used by anyone free of charge.

SMS/MMS and app monitoring is also available, making it possible to see who your child is texting and what they’re saying. Or, if you don’t want to be a creepy parent, you can proactively restrict your child’s ability to send text and media messages to certain contacts.

Only users with a Norton Online Family Premier account can access the SMS/MMS and app monitoring features. You’ll have to shell out $29.99 for the first year of your subscription and $49.99 every year after. Buying the subscription gives you access to Norton’s parental control software for PCs and Macs as well as the Android app, so the price is more reasonable than it sounds.

Norton Safety Minder is compatible with Android 2.2 and 2.3 and requires four megabytes of free storage.

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Source: PC Magazine

  1. DANIEL SMITH
    February 9, 2012 at 3:07 am

    What is to stop this app from being uninstalled by the minor user?

    • Matt.Smith
      February 20, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      Honestly? I don't think anything is. 

  2. Charlize Central
    February 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I think it's time to change your footer copyright to 2012 :)

    • Tina
      February 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      Good point, Charlize! Thanks for catching that.

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