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.
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