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Parental Control Tools

Parental controls are software tools to restrict, tailor, or manage the media content or activity of children. A comprehensive suite of parental controls should include customizable filters, monitoring software, time-managing controls, and IM and chat controls. These tools together provide an effective layer of protection from online dangers and should be utilized on all Internet-enabled devices (desktops, laptops, tablets and gaming, mobile and music devices). For more information including video demos, click here

Set Age-Appropriate Filtering Tools to prevent a strong defensive mechanism to prevent children from accessing inappropriate sites and content.

Turn on Monitoring/Accountability tools to  monitor their child's website visits, emails, IM, and other activities.

Set Time Limiting Controls to manage the amount of time and times of day each child can spend online.

Limit Access to Chat Rooms as social media and gaming platforms are often equipped with live audio and video chat capabilities and are often the playground for today's sexual predators. 

Limit Your Child's Instant Messaging (IM) Contacts by setting up a parent approved buddy list.

Growing Wireless, provided by the Wireless Association, keeps an extensive clearinghouse of up-to-date Parental Control Tools offered by internet and service providers.

For detailed information on parental controls, click any link in the categories below:

Operating Systems

Chrome OS

Smart Phones/Tablets

Google Play Store

Search Engines

(note - AOL discontinued its
parental controls as of 2017)
Google Safe Search

Internet Streaming Media Provider

Amazon Prime Video
CBS All Access
(Note- does not currently offer parental controls)
Philo TV
(Note - does not currently offer parental controls)
PlayStation Vue
(Note- does not currently offer parental controls)
Sling TV
YouTube Kids