Some of the biggest threats come through social networks. You can view how frequently your children log onto their social media accounts, along with the ages and names they use on those profiles. Having this knowledge will help you decide if any red flags should be raised. There is also a Video Supervision feature that displays a list of YouTube videos the kids watch on any iOS device or PC the Parental Controls are installed on. There is even an option to view a snippet of each video.
Additional features include:
- Web supervision
- Time supervision
- Search supervision
- Personal information protection
- Location supervision
- Mobile app supervision
- Email alerts
- Instant lock
- Text message supervision
- Access request
Avoiding Trouble With Norton Parental Control
If you don’t want to be a helicopter parent, you don’t have to use all of the Norton Parental Control tools. You can create a profile for each child and set the “house rules” however you see fit. If you’re not sure how to set these rules, you can opt for Norton to use defaults based on the child’s age.
This level of configuration gives you the opportunity to set healthy rules and boundaries for your children without entirely taking away their freedom. It’s a good thing to be able to set a balance – especially with teenagers who do need some leniency and freedom.
If you ever catch your kids doing something you consider to be unsafe online, you can take advantage of the “Instant lock” feature, which is essentially the “nuclear option” that triggers an instant lock-down of their smartphone or computer.
The location tracker alone makes Norton Parental Control / Family Premier worth investing in. You can keep track of your kid in real time and make sure they are always where they should be – or at least in places you know are safe. There are even maps, pins, and timelines to reference everything so you’ll know if they’re not being truthful about where they were.
Norton Parental Control is compatible with most operating systems with the exception f Mac. iOS 9 or later is required for the Child Monitoring tool. You can order a one-year subscription at an affordable price.