Antivirus vendor Bitdefender launched the public beta testing Parental Control Standalone, an online parental control system that lets parents can keep tabs on their childrens online activity.
There are several customisable modules that allow parents to monitor children, such as the GPS tracking module that parents can use to see where there kids are by tracking their mobile phone.
Through the Facebook monitoring feature, parents can receive reports about their children’s friends, comments, posts, photos, and their interests. Kids who have the feature installed know that they are being monitored as they have to allow the app before logging into their account. Parents are alerted if the child tries to uninstall it.
“Parental Control Standalone is loaded with interesting features that help parents manage the dangers their kids are exposed to in the online environment,” said Mihaela Masdrag, Product Manager at Bitdefender. “Most important, our parental control software monitors instead of blocking, promoting honest communication between parents and kids.”
“Honest communication or reading the aboutsection of the app lets children know they are monitored,” Masdrag said.
Other modules include:
Web Control – you can create a list of websites that your children can access.
Web Time Limiter – limit the time your children can access to the Internet.
Application Control – you can define a schedule which application your children can access to. You can either set up an hourly/daily cycle or completely block the access to the software.
Instant Messenger Control – Block certain messenger IDs your children can talk to.
Keywords control – help you to control what kind of contents your children can access. It will scan through the entire contents your children are trying to access, once it detects any keywords from the blacklisted list you have created, the site will be blocked entirely.
Email Notification – notifies you every time it blocks an activity.