Kaspersky Safe Kids: A feature rich parental control app

Kids of this generation are addicted to smartphones. If your kid takes studies seriously and has friends of similar nature, you shouldn’t be bothered. But if he’s in a bad company or naughty, you have every reason to be worried.

Kaspersky, the leading security software development company had launched a parental control app called Safe Kids in 2016. With this app, you can keep an eye on your child’s online or office activities. If you are concerned about your child’s safety or if you’re suspicious about him, you should try out the Safe Kids application.

Getting started with Safe Kids

Kaspersky SK displays a small slideshow to first-time users. The slideshow gives users an idea of what the app is all about. Once you go through all slides, you’ll see an option to log in to the app. Yes, that’s right! The Safe Kids application requires account registration. There’s no option of signing in with Google, Facebook or Twitter account.

Once you log in to the app, you’ll be prompted to install KS SafeKids on the phone of your son/daughter. The app will display set up instructions on the screen. Make sure you follow the instructions.

Note: Although SK is free to download, you must upgrade to premium version to enjoy all features ($14.9). You can try out the app’s premium version for 7 days or continue using its free variant.

Permissions required

  • Device Administrator.

Once Kaspersky learns that the setup task is complete, you’ll see an option to set a 4 digit pin. You can skip this task if you want.

Kaspersky Safe Kids

Features of the Kaspersky Safe Kids:

The main interface of this application gives you access to the following interfaces:

Internet

This section of KS Safekids allows parents to turn on safe search and web activity monitoring feature. It also boasts a toggle option to activate filters that will prevent your son/daughter from opening certain types of websites.

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Alerts

Most parents allow their children to use the WiFi or mobile data connection only if they browse educational websites. But do they know what site their children surf when they are using the internet?

Well, you can keep an eye on your child’s online activities by checking the alerts section of the Kaspersky SK application. In case your child tries to access a restricted or blocked app or website, the alert section will be updated with a new message. The app will also display an option to give the kid access to the blocked app/website.

SMS and calls

Kaspersky SafeKids keeps a track of messages that were sent to/from their kid’s mobile device. The SMS interface is similar to that of the phone’s inbox. It displays the message sent/received time.

App usage

To know whether your kid is using educational apps or not, you can see the “App Usage” report of SafeKids. Although Google Play Store doesn’t have inappropriate apps, it has 100s of online dating apps, games, etc. With the “App usage” feature, you can see the list of inappropriate apps your son/daughter has used.

Location tracking

Want to know where your child travels when he is not at home? Use this feature of Safe Kids. As this application uses GPS technology, the location displayed on the map is accurate.

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Block phone and apps

Kaspersky SafeKids allows parents to block the device of their kid or apps the kid has installed on his/her phone/tablet from a remote location.

Requirements

SafeKids is a cross-platform application. It supports Windows, Mac, Android, and IOS operating systems. It requires 40 to 50 megabytes storage memory.

Pros:

  • Easy to use/understand features.
  • Cross-platform.
  • Lower pricing compared to other similar apps (Premium version costs $14)

Cons:

  • None.

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  • Features
  • Pricing [for premium version]
  • Ease of use
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Summary

SafeKids is one of the best parental control apps for the Android and IOS operating system. It is secure, intuitive and easy to configure.