I started wondering about all of the Parental Control (PC) tools out there, and I thought a Round-Up document might be helpful for us all.
PC tools range from software to services, and there are even some devices. Most include web filtering and blocking, so that you can prevent your kids from seeing sites and content which contains inappropriate language and images. Some capture every keystroke on a computer. Some are focused on email and chat, others are Facebook, others on the entire Internet. Some even have capabilities for mobile smart phones.
What I Did to Create the Round-Up
I searched the Internet and collected information on as many PC tools as I could find. The Round-Up document which results, includes:
- The name of each PC tool
- A link to its web site location
- A description of the PC tool – I chose to copy the manufacturer’s description rather than come up with something of my own, so that you can see exactly what the manufacturer says about their tool
- A list of the key functions provided by the tool
- The price
- When I was able to find online reviews of the product, I included a link to the review, as well
The Round-Up list is provided in alphabetical order. Visit our Resources page to download the latest updated version.
The Round-Up is Not a Review
As a word of explanation, the Round-Up itself is not a review. I have not tested nor evaluated any of the services or products found in the document. The information that I provide in the document, is what I was able to find online – and some of it may be out-of-date.
I did make an attempt to validate that all tools which I included in the document, are currently available in the market.
The list is likely not a complete listing, because there are so MANY PC tools out there – with new introductions happening all of the time. I was surprised by the variety of PC options available. This is good news, as each of us can likely find the exact right type of tool that can work best for our individual family.
Please enjoy the list. I hope you find it useful. And, if you become aware of any inaccuracies in the list or PC tools which should be added, please send your corrections to me at: