iDevice Safety

Our children’s safety - physical and emotional - is at the top of our priority list.

No matter how hard we try though, sometimes things go wrong - the safety matting doesn’t stop the arm from breaking, the protection systems get bypassed and so on. 

An on-going area of challenge for us has been keeping children safe on iDevices and the internet.

We have an ICT Agreement for Juniors, and another for Seniors. These can be found on the drop-down list below this page.

There are third party apps available that ensure children’s internet access is filtered.

When your child is at WHS, our own filtering system does a very good job of keeping them safe - the best system we have access to.

At home though, that system does not apply. 

You can turn on some safe-search options, some age restriction guidelines and similar. Smart children will get around this though.

The system we recommend does cost - but I think the peace of mind is worth the cost.

Safe browser apps such as McGruff SafeGuard Browser, Net Nanny, Mobicip, Metacert or Ranger (all found on the iTunes Store) are good options.

The other concern we have, is children having access to parent’s iTunes and iCloud accounts.

If your child knows your account email address and password they can for example make purchases, change safety and security settings and turn on things like photo-stream.

Photo-stream being on could mean personal family photos, or inappropriate downloaded material being viewable by their friends at school.

Please consider changing your passwords and keeping them safe. 

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Net Nanny for Android: Best Value - $13

Editors' rating:

PROS: Intuitive user interface makes it easy to block apps and set time filters; Age-based profiles speed up setup; Mobile browser can mask profanity on nonrestricted sites.

CONS: No geofencing; Can't set time limits on specific uses.

VERDICT: Net Nanny offers the best Web filtering features of any parental control program, and it’s a bargain if you have only one Android device to control.

Of the services I tested, Net Nanny fared best at filtering Web content. It reliably masks profanity, blocks inappropriate sites and images, and gives you the option of warning your child about a site's content instead of blocking it entirely. Reviewing and blocking apps is also handled with aplomb, and you can even temporarily unblock an app for a set period of time. I wish that Net Nanny let me limit usage on a per-app basis, but its management tools are otherwise solid. 

You can't set up a geofence, and you're unable to remotely lock a device the way you can with PhoneSheriff. Net Nanny also doesn't offer much insight into your child's texting habits, and if you want to monitor social-media activity, you'll need to pay up for the $60-a-year Family Protection Pass. However, if you're just looking to monitor a single mobile device, Net Nanny is your best bet. It costs $13 a year — a bargain when you take into account the browsing and app-management features Net Nanny offers.

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