Striking The Right Balance With Parental Controls

SHAILA on February 24, 2013

A quick update! Version 2.0.1 of Mobicip for Windows is available now. This version addresses issues with iTunes and HTTPS sites. iOS and Android users, check out how you can apply the same filteringto Windows PCs or laptops.

A Balancing Act

As a parent who is aware of the dangers of the internet, it is always a tightrope walk to enforce internet restrictions. Kids grow up with gadgets as toys and feel a certain entitlement to use it freely. The question is, how do you apply the brakes and ease up slowly?

Phase 1: Explore

When your kids first begin using the internet, setup Mobicip at the Elementary or Middle School filtering level. You can override the defaults and allow specific websites or categories, and enforce internet time limits.

Mobicip Filtering Levels

Phase 2: Challenge

As they grow older, set the filtering level to High School. You will probably have several conversations around appropriate internet usage, and will need to customize your filtering. Do not shy away from this. Use the opportunity to review the browsing history together and discuss the risks. Hopefully you arrive at an equilibrium over time, and your kids learn the value of internet safety and threats.

Phase 3: Mature

At this stage, you will feel comfortable with the idea of independent browsing with minimal supervision. Set the user profile under your account to 'No Filtering. Reports Only'. This will allow unfettered internet access while generating browsing history reports for your review.

Parental controls that grow older with your kids? Yes, it is possible with Mobicip Premium.

If you have any issues or concerns, please contact support. If you are happy with Mobicip, please write a quick review on the App Store (or Google Play store)! Your feedback and help is much appreciated!

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