How to setup parental controls & web filter on Nexus 7/android phones


As tablets & smart phones are becoming part of our daily lives & our kids lives, It becomes important to have parental controls on your android tablets like Nexus 7 or android phones like Galaxy S2, S3.

If your child is playing with android tablet or phone, you might be concerned about the android apps they might download or websites they visit. You need to restrict the android apps they can download and block websites that are not kid friendly.

Also read: 3 android apps for Parental Control to restrict apps for Kids for Nexus 7, Galaxy Tab 2 etc

Also read: Android app to block Websites on android phone or tablet like Nexus 7, Galaxy S4

How to setup parental controls on Nexus 7 or android phones
You can setup content filtering for android apps in Google Play Store. You can control what apps your child can download. All android apps are classified with following ratings.

Everyone – Android apps in this category does not contain objectionable material nor share & collect user data.
Low maturity – Android apps may include mild cartoon or fantasy violence
Medium & High maturity – Android apps may include intense fantasy or realistic violence, sexual references, references to drug, alcohol & tobacco use.

To setup content filtering for android apps, Go to Google Play > Menu > Settings > Content Filtering > Select the ratings

You can lock these parental control settings by setting a PIN code. You can also set a PIN for purchasing apps or movies etc. This works for any android tablet including Nexus 7, Samsung Tab 2, Samsung Galaxy Note etc. Also works on any android phone including Samsung Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3, Motorola Droid, HTC One X etc.

How to setup web filter to block sites on Nexus 7 or android phones
Android OS uses Chrome as default browser. You may have downloaded other browsers like FireFox etc. These browsers does not seem to offer content filtering based on parental controls.

You might have couple of android devices, iPad, couple of laptops in your home. Instead of filtering content in each browser or device, It is better to block websites on your router.

OpenDNS has free OpenDNS Family Shield . It blocks adult websites. By setting FamilyShiled on your router, It works for all your kids devices like Xbox, Wii, Android, iPad etc. You can choose custom web filtering for your needs to block the inappropriate content.

Another option to monitor & block web sites or filtering sites is to use parental control app from Norton. Norton Safety Minder lets you manage parental control settings & monitor internet usage. This android app is especially useful if you already use Norton Online Family on your existing devices like computer etc. You don’t need to reconfigure settings or anything if you have it already.

Also read, how to hide videos, photos, folders on android devices


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  2. I think that restrictions are really stupid…parents like this have no respect for their kids. My child is trusted 100% and he knows what site to go on. People like this disgust me. If you have any respect for your child, you are making a big mistake. One of my son’s friends have parents like that and he can’t even go on the Internet. Trust your children people. If your child has done bad things on the Internet, you really need to move on…this is the 21 century. cmon people

    • Lindsey, I suspect that you are actually a teen vs a parent but nonetheless you can have perfect trust in your child but I don’t have trust in the internet. Pornography is specifically targeted at children and pops up unexpectedly and is horribly addictive. While looking for a Dora website for my 5 yr old daughter we were directed to a cartoon porn site. Be smart.

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