With four very independent (and strong-willed….) daughters, keeping kids safe online is a must. Try as I might, I have placed “limits” on their screen time, games and activities, but that only caused them to try to use their tablets in secret which is definitely not safe. We did take drastic measures and take away all electronics for two full months, but we wanted to be able to give them back to be used as tools for education. I heard about Net Nanny and wanted to see if it would work for our family. Net Nanny sponsored this post,via One2OneNetwork but all the opinions and experiences are my own with no bias.
Net Nanny is an app that you can install on your computer, Android devices and Apple devices. A subscription covers 5 devices that you can choose, so we opted not to include my computer and my husbands phone to make sure that we had all of the devices that our kids use covered.
After connecting the devices to the Net Nanny account, you can select the level of protection that you want for fifteen different topics. We are a very conservative family in general, so we picked the strongest settings on most of the topics for the devices that the girls use exclusively.
I also don’t use the internet a lot on my phone, so we chose to apply those settings there as well in the chance that my youngest daughter would get onto the web browser when she plays on my phone.
Because we have had a huge problem with my youngest daughter watching YouTube videos on my phone (surprise egg videos that never seem to go away… ) we used the App settings for Android devices and blocked YouTube from my phone. I never use it anyway and I can’t delete it, so this was an awesome solution.
She tried a couple times to get on YouTube after we installed it and then gave up and moved on to looking through the photo album on the phone instead.
We also set a limit on how long they could use the internet each day and the hours that they could use it.
In all we have been very satisfied with Net Nanny. The only thing we were wishing for was that we could set time limits on specific apps to block games during school time, but that wasn’t available. Instead, we decided to go the drastic route and remove all the non-educational games from their tablets.
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