ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 Comprehensive Review

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 is an industry pro. Is it still good?

Pros

  • Email notifications
  • web-based interface for reporting and configuration
  • good support for platforms such as Android, Mac, and Windows
  • App control feature for the Android platforms.
  • Robust filtering features.
  • Cross-device allowance monitoring of internet time.

Cons

  • The previous edition had more features which the company has omitted in the new edition
  • iOS support is not comparable to the Android edition

Bottom Line

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 has finally moved its reporting and configuration features to the web.

From an overall perspective, ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 is a complete at-home modern and multi-device parental control software application.

It has the capabilities to change the world of the internet for any individual.

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 also happens to have the best content filtering features in the market today.

That is one of the reasons why many consider ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 as the best parental control app.

ContentWatch Net Nanny Full Review

Modern parents have a hard time in knowing what their children are doing on the internet.

There is a great desire there to know what their children see and interact with while they surf the world of the internet.

And perhaps they are justified.

Parents should watch their children’s activities online so keep a check on whether they are coming across inappropriate content.

And with the proliferation of Internet-enabled connected devices, the need for monitoring has become even greater.

Fortunately enough, these days parents can rely on parental control apps to do the bulk of their work.

Parental control tools can impose strict rules on any device so that inappropriate content stays out of reach.

Modern parental control apps have to make sure that they can impose rules on nearly every major piece of computer hardware that the customers or their kids may use to access the online world.

If a parental control app can ensure that, then it is a good idea to stay away from it.

Needless to say, any such parental control app is simply not worth the user’s money.

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 is only a handful of parental control apps that has the capability to track multiple devices.

It can protect the user’s kids across all of their devices such as,

  • Android
  • Mac
  • Windows

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 also protects other devices such as iOS and iPad but it has a limited feature set for these platforms.

As far as web filtering features go, there are hardly any parental control apps which are better than ContentWatch Net Nanny 7.

It also comes with an internet time scheduling feature.

The only major problem that we have noted with ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 is that the developers behind its software have not released any significant updates in the last many years.

And because of that, the software application itself has started to show signs of age.

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 has reigned the top/best parental control apps charts for years.

But it has started to lose its edge now.

So much so, that now you would be hard-pressed to find a review site that would recommend ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 as its first choice of parental control app.

That honor now belongs to Qustodio.

Qustodio is a complete solution for all of your parental control requirements.

Price

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The pricing model for ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 is pretty straightforward.

That’s not to say that it isn’t expensive.

It is.

But only slightly.

Users can pay the company $39.99 and receive a single license either for their Mac machine or Windows computer.

Then there is the next subscription package which is a bit of a step up from the initial one device package.

The second package is called the Family Pass.

This package allows users to protect five of their device.

Users must pay $59.99 per year for the Family Pass.

The Family Pass tier comes with additional support for users who want to monitor their Android devices.

This same subscription package also adds an internet filter on the iOS platform.

Readers should take note here that the company does not count iOS installation against the user’s total number of allowed licenses per account.

Users who want to monitor more than five computer hardware can subscribe to yet another package.

This package enables users to protect up to 10 devices.

In other words, with just one subscription package you get to have 10 licenses.

The third package, also known as the Family Pass package, costs users around $89.99 per year.

There is also a 15-device subscription package which comes for just $119.99 per year.

This is a good time to mention that Mac users can’t use Net Nanny (third edition) if they haven’t updated their macOS machine to at least 10.7.

As for Android support, ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 works on any mobile device that has Android 2.3 on it.

For iOS devices, ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 requires the user to have at least iOS 8.

Other parental control apps such as Norton Family cost users a nice $49.99 per year.

You might say, that is more expensive than ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 single-license package.

Yes, it is.

But get this.

Norton Family allows users to qualify for an unlimited number of official licenses.

Then there is Qustodio.

This parental control app costs users about $54.95 per year and it gives away five licenses with that package.

It allows users to use those five licenses on any major platform such as Windows, Mac, iOS and/or Android.

The other thing readers should keep in mind that ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 is different from Net Nanny social.

It is a related service.

But currently, the company has not made the software for the service available for purchase.

Net Nanny Social, when it worked in the past, offered users to track their child’s online activity across several different social media websites with a special feature.

According to the developers behind ContentWatch Net Nanny 7, the company stopped offering Net Nanny Social services because social media websites such as Instagram and Facebook stopped offering any support for API services that the company’s software application used.

Net Nanny has stated in the past that the company does have future plans where it would add social media monitoring tools and features for modern parents.

In the past, the company actually bundled services such as Net Nanny Social with its Family Pass subscription package (this package allowed users to connect up to 10 devices).

Net Nanny still has the much needed Password Account Manager feature.

But this is more aimed at adults.

Adults who don’t have a very sharp eye when it comes to avoiding trouble by going to harmful sites.

These are sites that center on content related to gambling and/or pornography.

With the Password Account Manager and related services, Net Nanny can gain control of the user’s account settings.

Then, it gets to work.

By that we mean it keeps on changing the user’s passwords every day in order to prevent the user from trying to regain access to the related information and potentially changing it.

The actual price of Net Nanny actually varies.

It varies because of its varying features.

Depending on how comprehensive a protection the user wants, the price for the overall product either increases or decreases.

If the user wants to have the unlimited phone and/or email access then that will cost around $49.99 per year.

On the other hand, if the user wants to buy just the unlimited email access feature then that only costs $29.99 per year.

Of course, there are other less drastic online solutions as well.

There is RescueTime which comes in the form of a service that can help users get a tight grip on how much time they spend on different kinds of online activities across all of the user’s tablets, phones, and PCs.

How Does It Work

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As mentioned before as well, most, if not all, of ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 reporting and configuration happens via the online interface.

The software application enforces rules.

And via these rules, it changes the content on the client’s local machine.

That machine can be a tablet, a phone or a PC.

All that a user has to do is install ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 on his/her device.

As far as Windows users are concerned, all that they will see locally is a small system tray symbol or icon.

If they click the icon they will get to see a minimal menu interface.

This isn’t anything weird or unique.

Almost all elite parental control apps and services work in this manner.

This is their default mode of operation.

When the user installs the Windows client, ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 prompts the user to log in to the user’s Net Nanny account.

If the user doesn’t already have an account then the software application will ask the user to create one.

While the user is going through the process of creating a new account, the user has the freedom to name one or even more than one user.

These users will usually come in the form of the user’s children.

But if the user only registers a single user at creation point, there is no harm in that.

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 allows users to add more users at a later stage.

Net Nanny configures appropriate settings for each of the user’s child automatically based on the profile the user selects.

The user has the option of selecting profiles from five different options.

These options are as follows,

  • child
  • teen
  • adult
  • pre-teen
  • customer profiles

Users who don’t want to select a predefined profile can go with the custom profile option.

The software applications enable users to customize a host of settings related to each profile.

There is always a chance that multiple children might have the same Windows machine or Windows account.

For such situations, it is best if the user creates a password for each of the children’s account.

Users who want to give each account some individuality can assign any account a photo and an email address.

Naturally, this should be the email address of the child who would be using the account.

There are some parental control apps in the market that require users to associate each of their child with a different Windows account for the system to work properly.

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 gives you a lot of choices when it comes to such situations.

We have already noted before that users can configure ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 works in such a way that it requires each of the user’s child to log in before the system allows the child to go online.

On the other hand, if you do happen to have children who use separate accounts on the same machine, then you can easily set ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 in such a way that after the very first login to a particular Windows account, ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 account does not log out.

Instead, it stays logged in.

There are many other such types of options.

The general idea here is that ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 is very flexible.

Filtering Features For Web Content

There are hardly any parental control systems that don’t come with some kind of filters to clean web content.

Some parental control systems try to differentiate themselves from others by offering more comprehensive content filters.

The basic level of content filtering is that the web content filter makes use of a database.

This database is used to identify and then block certain websites which belong to and match specific unwanted categories.

Such web content filters don’t work when the user encounters a site that has no category.

Or a website that the parental control system has not categorized yet.

The other problem with such systems is that even though if the parental control system categorizes a specific website as safe, there is no guarantee that the website would not add objectionable content later to become an inappropriate website.

Since, this system relies on a database, the content filter would not pick up the updated website unless and until the database receives the update.

Such systems aren’t very effective in ensuring that the child does not get any exposure to inappropriate websites.

Better web content filters work in a different way.

They don’t just use a simple database of “bad” websites.

They analyze actual page content in order to determine if the particular website is inappropriate or undesirable.

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 is different from many other parental control apps because it performs a complete analysis on a page-by-page basis.

And it does that in real time, but only if it finds such a comprehensive analysis appropriate.

To take an example, our research shows that ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 doesn’t really have a problem allowing access to a site like CNN.com if the user has tried to access a page that has content about sports.

However, ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 would spring up into action if the user tried to access a page that contained nude celebrity photos.

Our research also shows that if the user tried to access a website about short stories, ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 would block only those stories that contained erotic content.

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 has the capacity to match up websites that fall within 17 potentially objectionable types and/or categories.

But how would parents know which categories define what type of website?

Well, for those parents ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 offers a feature which replaces buttons with their related descriptions.

Users just have to click the buttons in order to make them go away and allow the application to show descriptions.

As far as young children go, ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 blocks some of the most problematic categories by default.

That is good.

Because that saves a lot of time and effort on part of parents.

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The problem arises with slightly older children.

By default, ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 does not block websites that belong to categories such as Weapons and Sexual Health.

So what does it do instead?

Well, ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 shows a warning message to the child when the child tries to visit objectionable sites that belong to these categories.

And what happens if the child decides to ignore these warnings?

Well, then ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 sends a notification message to the parents of the child.

While that is great, we have seen better in the parental control app market.

Other parental control systems and apps like Boomerang and Norton Family offer a slightly more complicated and wider range of website categories.

It is not totally out of the question that the user’s child may want to access a website that ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 has blocked.

There are many reasons why that could be the case.

Maybe the user’s child needs to prepare a school report which requires the child to gather information about gambling and/or weapons.

So what do you do then?

In such a case, the child can simply continue as he/she normally would.

When the time comes to access the blocked site, the child can simply click the link and send a request to the user to make an exception.

The child’s parents (or the user) will receive an email notification when the child does so.

After that, the user can judge for himself/herself if the request is genuine.

If the user feels that the request is legitimate then the user can log in to the service’s online console.

And then move forward to create an exception.

That exception would take effect the moment the user hits the create button.

Users can also configure notification rules.

They can either apply to just one of the user’s child or the entire family using ContentWatch Net Nanny 7.

This mechanism works the other way as well.

If you want to approve one of your child’s request to remove one of the given sites’s from any given category, then that exception would also apply either to the whole family or to just one user.

Users also have the facility to add more category exceptions in a more direct manner.

The other thing readers need to note here is that if a site belongs to two categories then ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 will block it even if it passes one of the categories.

In other words, if the user has made an exception for a particular website, but that website matches another category, then ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 will block it.

It will override the exception rule.

That is the reason why ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 offers features where users can choose options such as “always blocked” or “always allowed”.

Users can then apply these rules to all the children or just one child.

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 also offers features where users can create a blacklist or a whitelist for their entire family.

If ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 finds a conflict, then it will prefer the child’s individual exclude list.

As mentioned before, ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 also allows users to create their custom categories.

That category can have its own list of objectionable websites.

There is a very distinct advantage to such approach.

That advantage is that users can give various access levels to each of their children.

Perhaps parents want to block a given site for one child and not for the other.

It is also possible that they only want ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 to show a warning message to one of their children.

And allow the same website for another child.

There are lots of situations where such features can come in real handy.

There is one other category.

It goes by the name of Profanity.

This category is slightly different from all other categories.

It is different in the sense that it offers four different choices to the user.

Those four choices are as follows,

  • Mask
  • Block
  • Warn
  • Allow

If the user selects the option that says Mask, then ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 will replace all the profanity on any given page with a punctuation.

Why would ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 have such a feature?

Because without such an option, ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 would block a perfectly fine page due to its real-time analysis tool if it finds any profanity even in the comments section of a given webpage.

Now, that is smart.

And just like other parental control apps like Qustodio, ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 doesn’t have a problem with identifying and then blocking unwanted websites even if they use technologies such as HTTPS connection which is usually pretty secure.

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 and Qustodio both are better than Norton Family Premier in this category.

Norton Family Premier can’t really block HTTPS traffic in various situations.

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 goes one step further than the pack through.

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 has systems in place which allows it to filter even HTTPS traffic.

Let’s assume for a second that a user has tried to block porn.

But he has allowed access to services such as anonymizing proxy sites (the secure ones).

Let’s also assume that you have a smart enough child that mistakenly or intentionally goes to a porn site.

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 will jump into action even if your child is using a secure online anonymizing proxy service.

Yes.

You read that right.

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 will block any inappropriate HTTPS traffic.

Our research shows that users who have tried this feature have found it rather satisfactory.

And the only reason for that is the feature works like a charm.

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 also takes the trouble to enforce the Safe Search feature on most popular websites.

And for what its worth, no ContentWatch Net Nanny does not have the capability of monitoring search terms.

This is where Norton Family takes the lead as it can do both things.

The Time Scheduling Feature

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 offers its users a total of two ways for controlling their children’s internet usage.

There is a weekly grid which lets the users define when and how each of their children gets the allowance to use his/her internet connection.

The grid comes in half-hour increments.

If the user wants to block internet access from midnight to 6 a.m then that is a simple task.

As simple a task as the user dragging a rectangle shaped box with his/her mouse.

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 offers another option that comes in addition to the weekly schedule feature.

Users can give each of their children a specific internet time allowance.

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 makes it possible for users to set a specific allowance for their children for the whole week and in neat little one-hour time increments.

Of course, that is not the most practical choice.

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The most practical option is to set a specific internet allowance time for each day and each week.

And perhaps it is best to do that in 15-minute short increments.

So what happens if a child has a Windows account that has Administrator privileges?

Well, it is pretty obvious.

That child has every opportunity to try and subvert the internet scheduler.

The child can do that easily by resetting the computer system’s clock.

As it turns out, it would not have had much effect, if any, on the parental control system.

Why do we say that?

Well, because ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 does not really rely on the user’s computer system clock.

Moreover, the time allowance feature applies to all devices that the user has associated with the given child.

Some of the other parental control apps handle time scheduling features a bit differently.

Let’s take Locatey as an example.

This parental control system allows users to set up internet usage schedules on the basis of individual mobile applications.

Other decent parental control apps like Qustodio and Boomerang allow uses to set up internet usage schedules in order to restrict internet usage altogether.

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 Email Notifications.

 

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 offers users with a total of two types of user email notifications.

The software application enables the configuration for both these types by default.

We have already mentioned the fact that if the user’s child requests the parent for a block exception related to a specific website, then Net Nanny sends the parent a notification immediately.

Moreover, ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 also sends the parent a weekly summary of the devices’ activity.

There is nothing wrong with such a configuration.

But other parental control systems do things differently.

Especially when it comes to mobile-centric parental control systems and apps.

The perfect example here is FamilyTime Premium and Locategy.

Both of these parental control apps can push important notifications to all the parental devices.

Other parental control apps offer users with features such as SMS notifications.

These come as a separate option.

Our research shows that users should always go with the parental control app that offers the most number of options when it comes to notifications.

The more options you have, the better the chances that you’ll be able to protect your child from the inappropriate content without hindering his curiosity.

The other thing people need to remember here is that parental control apps that come with a lot of options allow users to stay on top of their child’s online activity from any given device.

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 enables users to create several number of additional user notifications.

But only if the user wants these extra notifications.

Each notification can come with its own rules if the user chooses so.

Users have the options to select the email address that Net Nanny should send notifications to.

Moreover, users can also configure Net Nanny 7 in a way that it sends the user immediate notifications whenever an event happens.

On the other hand, ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 also offers options which allow users to only receive a summary of activities.

The duration after which Net Nanny sends these summary notifications is also customizable.

Users can choose to receive monthly, weekly and/or a daily summary.

As mentioned before, the notification rules are applicable to only a single child or to the whole family.

We have been talking about notifications a bit too much lately.

Some of you might have wondered, what triggers these notifications?

Well, ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 gives you a lot of options in that regard as well.

Users have the option of triggering a notification message every time his/her child tries to access a blocked site.

There is also an option to receive a notification that continues after a given warning.

Users can also choose to trigger a notification whenever the child requests the app to change the status of a particular problematic website.

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 can also trigger a notification if the child tries to surf the internet during a time period when the app does not allow any access.

If a child tries to disable the Net Nanny parental control system, then the app can also trigger a notification the moment it detects such behavior.

Reporting And Its Details

Users who want to view ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 activity reports can do so from any computer.

They just have to make sure that they are able to log in to the company’s online console

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Now, the summary report does contain a lot of data.

And Net Nanny offers several tools for users to slice and dice the shown data.

The console offers reports for any day on a daily basis, weekly basis or monthly basis.

In other words, users can choose which format they want.

They could look at the data from the past month, the past week or just the activity that happened on a given single day.

What about users who want to view data that is older than 30 days?

Well, as a matter of policy, ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 removes data logs that are over 30 days old.

That isn’t such a huge issue.

Why?

Because any responsible parent would already be paying attention to his/her children and their online activities.

At its most basic, the activity logs come in the form of a pie chart.

The pie chart, at the basic summary level, displays the prevalence of different types of content that the software blocked.

The great thing about such a representation is that it gets rid of all the clutter that comes with percentages and/or numbers.

For users who do want to view numbers and percentages, they can just point their mouse at any given slice of the piece and the app will reveal the number related to that portion.

In other words, it will reveal the incidents that took place in that specific category.

There is also an adjacent bar chart.

This bar chart breaks down all the recorded activity into sections such as,

  • warnings displayed
  • sites blocked
  • sites where the Net Nanny app masked profanity.

As mentioned just now, users who want to view a detailed list of websites that Net Nanny handled should just click any slice of the pie or section of the bar chart.

The software application will also show the action that it took for each website.

Along with that, it will show the device which the user made use of in order to attempt a website access.

It will also show the user the number of attempts that the user’s child tried to make.

The thing readers need to understand here is that, they can click on any item and the application will take them deeper.

The ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 also displays other information such as,

  • date stamp
  • timestamp
  • user
  • page title
  • the device that the child used to visit the given URL addresses.

And finally, if the user performs a lick on the URL then the application will take the user to the site.

This only happens if the user clicks on the URL at its deepest level.

Along with allowing access to the site, ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 will also show a warning to the user.

This warning would inform the user that Net Nanny claimed no responsibility for the URL’s content.

Our research shows that ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 has an impressive reporting system.

Users who want detail can access every level of detail for their device usage.

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 can show the thousand-foot overview as well as a list that shows every visit the child made to a specific unwanted and inappropriate website.

Other parental control apps such as Qustodio do something similar if we are talking about report details.

Just like ContentWatch Net Nanny 7, Qustodio also makes use of a pie chart in order to visualize the report data and monitoring data for the user.

So is there anything that ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 does not report?

As it turns out, yes there is.

Our research shows that the major thing ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 does not make a report of is the child’s location.

That may sound like a big ask, but it isn’t.

Most modern parental control systems and apps offer such feature.

This feature is called location monitoring.

Parental control apps such as Qustodio and Norton Family take the safe route and stick with a rather basic location reporting system.

Other parental control apps such as FamilyTime Premium, Locategy and Boomerang take location reporting to another level.

These parental control apps allow users to set up geofences.

In other words, digital geographic areas and/or boundaries.

Parental control apps such as Locategy, Boomerang, and FamilyTime Premium notify parents whenever their child leaves or enters a specific area known as the designated zone.

This is very helpful for those parents who just want to make sure of the fact that they know if their child has gone to and come back from home and school in a safe manner.

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 For The Android

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The Android version is bit different from the shown desktop version

The PC and Mac edition of ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 are completely aligned with each other.

Our research was mostly geared towards the PC version.

But users should rest in the fact that they will likely get precisely the same behavior from the app if they used a Mac.

That doesn’t hold true for the Android platform though.

The Android interface and features are slightly different.

To review the Android version, one would have to first load up Net Nanny’s Android edition and then have a look at how it goes about its business.

To start with the Android edition, the user has to take the simple step of installing and launching the Android app.

After that, the user will have to log in to his/her Net Nanny account on the login screen.

And that is it as far as the installation process is concerned.

Once the user has identified who owns which device, ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 will load the appropriate settings.

And then it will set off for work.

The user-defined internet usage schedule will apply to the Android platform as well.

And if the user has imposed some kind of internet time allowance for a child, then that time allowance would slowly decrease regardless of which device that child uses to access the internet.

To put it another way, the user’s child can’t just go ahead and switch to the Net Nanny Android when they run out of time on their Windows or Mac.

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 does not allow any browsing on web browsers other than Net Nanny browser.

There is no other way for the company to manage, control and monitor activity and access.

And Net Nanny does a lot more things in order to ensure that it retains control of the device and internet usage.

For example, ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 blocks users from running apps that can make web browser-related calls to the device’s operating system (the Android, in this case).

This feature definitely takes care of all major web browsers.

And our research shows that it should manage to catch the random oddballs as well.

Parental control services in the market such as Boomerang and Norton Family do things pretty similarly.

Both of them require the user to use their proprietary web browsers on the Android platform.

Moreover, they also block any and all apps on an individual basis.

Other parental control apps such as Kaspersky Safe Kids, Qustodio are able to filter out inappropriate and objectionable content in web browsers apart from the company’s own web browser.

That is great as well.

Once the user has managed to install Kaspersky Safe Kids and/or Qustodio on any given Android device, then new online tabs appear on the screen for each user.

These tabs appear in the proprietary online console.

Moreover, the online console shows tabs which have the title, Applications.

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Under the Applications tab, the software application lists all the applications that it manages to find on the user’s Android machine.

Then it offers users options to block specific individual apps.

So much so, these parental control apps allow users to block access to the official Google Play Store as well.

Furthermore, they can also block a subset of the Google Play Store.

They can also prevent the user from making any changes to the Settings.

Parents who like to exercise caution may want to go ahead and enable the option that blocks all types of new applications.

After given their “parental” approval, they can enable the device to install those new applications.

ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 For The iPhone

It only makes sense that we would carry out some research for Net Nanny’s iPhone version as well.

So here it is.

The first thing readers should understand about the iOS platform is that, installing ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 on it does not count against their allotted device licenses.

Users who already have familiarity with the full version of ContentWatch Net Nanny 7, will find it easier to get started with the iOS version.

Why?

Because getting started is simple enough already.

All that the user has to do is to launch the iOS app.

And then log in to the company’s web dashboard.

Of course, the user will need his/her Net Nanny credentials to do that.

Unlike the Android platform, installing Net Nanny on the iOS platform requires a couple of extra steps.

Users must perform these additional steps so that they can accommodate iOS’s stricter installation rules on iOS devices.

Apple iOS devices are also more ruthless when it comes to app access permissions.

The first thing iOS users should do is to disable all other web browsers.

They can do that under the tab that says Restrictions.

Doing so will force the user’s children to make use of Net Nanny’s official web browser.

This is the safe browser, in other words.

Smart users will probably want to disable all capabilities within the device to install and/or delete apps.

Such users should also not hesitate to disable all in-app purchases as well.

Finally, users should make sure that they have locked the Restrictions tab.

They can use a password to do so.

Doing so will keep the kids away from attempting to undo any of the protections.

You don’t really need to memorize all this stuff or even refer to it since Net Nanny will detail all of these steps once you log in to the iOS app.

Generally speaking, the iPhone parental control apps come with much less mobile-specific capabilities and features.

But even if we judge it by those standards, Net Nanny iOS app lacks some important features.

The major problem with the iOS version is that it lacks the ability to interact with other services and/or apps.

Like, it just does not cooperate with them.

At all.

The market has many parental control apps for the iOS platform that do offer rich features.

Rich features such as app blocking along with location tracking as well as time restrictions.

Mobile phones come with another danger that we haven’t talked about till now.

That potential danger comes in the form of communications with strangers.

This is a huge problem in some communities.

And rightly so.

The problem with the iOS version of Net Nanny is that it doesn’t offer any protection regarding such issues.

But in all fairness, many parental control apps lack such capabilities.

The top ones do.

We’re talking about parental control apps such as Locategy.

It has a feature that can at least protect kids by keeping a track of all outgoing and incoming calls.

If you asked us to sum up Net Nanny’s iOS app in two words, we would say that those two words are:

safe browser.

That’s what Net Nanny’s iOS app is.

It is a safe web browser.

Nothing else.

In other words, it will keep kids away from nasty and banned websites.

Parents who want anything more than that will have to look someplace else.

The other thing we have to mention here is that I the user tries to access the parental online dashboard from their mobile phone device, then the address automatically forwards the user to Net Nanny’s official web interface.

Conclusion

A few years ago we would have ranked ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 at the very top of the list of best parental control apps.

There is little doubt that it would have dominated the market share as well.

But the problem with Net Nanny is that it is slowly but surely getting out of date.

And increasingly so in the last couple of years.

With that said, it still manages to offer a comprehensive and flexible content filter capability.

Kids can’t fool Net Nanny’s internet time scheduler system.

Moreover, Net Nanny can even control the Android apps that the user’s kids can install and use.

However, all of these features don’t come for cheap.

Net Nanny is rather expensive.

Even more so if you consider the fact that its developers haven’t released an update for a very long time.

It does not offer users any kind of location tracking for their mobile devices.

Moreover, its time-management and scheduling features are not as robust as that of its competitors.

So don’t even start to think about any extra features such as SMS logging.

Or watched video history.

These are features that some of Net Nanny’s have one offer at the moment.

Users who want extra features and a lot more should probably pass Net Nanny.

And go with a more up-to-date solution such as Qustodio.

Net Nanny is bound to get an update.

We have no doubt about that.

And once it does, we’ll update our ContentWatch Net Nanny 7 review as well.

 

Zohair

Zohair

Zohair is currently a content crafter at Security Gladiators and has been involved in the technology industry for more than a decade. He is an engineer by training and, naturally, likes to help people solve their tech related problems. When he is not writing, he can usually be found practicing his free-kicks in the ground beside his house.
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