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The product comparison below lists filtering and monitoring products sold as parental controls, including operating systems features and security suites.  ISP parental controls are listed separately.  While each product has its own strengths and weaknesses, most products are at their core either filtering products that offer specialized categories of websites for blocking or monitoring, or monitoring products that focus on creating a detailed record of Internet activity and offer very basic filtering.  If you want both very detailed filtering and monitoring, you’ll need to purchase two products.   The Internet Parental Controls Product Comparison covers all controls for PCs in general, and individual Internet guides give more detailed views of parental controls for Internet resources such as Social Networking, Instant Messaging, and E-mail.

Internet Parental Controls Product Comparison (2 pages) – comparison with reviews of over 40 Interent parental control products.

  Full Parental Controls 2010 Product Guide (36 pages)

We Recommend:
Ages up to 7:      

  • Use the parental controls in your Windows or Macintosh computer or the parental controls provided by your ISP on the most restrictive setting.  You can buy a more sophisticated parental control package if you like, but it’s not necessary.
  • Use a kid-friendly Internet browser, such as KidZui or Kid’oz, or simply direct children to age-appropriate sites.

 Ages 8 to 10:      

  • Get a fully-featured parental control product such as Cyber Patrol, Net Nanny, Safe Eyes, Norton Family or McAfee Family.
  • Enable web filtering and web monitoring of inappropriate sites and safe search controls, and consider blocking IM, e-mail, Social Networking sites and Peer-to-Peer software.

Ages 11 to 13:    

  • Get a fully-featured parental control product such as Cyber Patrol, Net Nanny, Safe Eyes, Norton Family or McAfee Family.
  • Enable web filtering and web monitoring of inappropriate sites and safe search controls, and consider blocking Social Networking sites and Peer-to-Peer software.
  • Either block or monitor IM and e-mail, and enable Contact Management.

Ages 14 to 17:    

  • Enable minimal filtering of inappropriate sites with either operating system parental controls, ISP controls, or a fully featured product.
  • Consider a sophisticated monitoring product such as Spector Pro or Pandora.
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