Qustodio

Powerful parental control software that take care of your kids for you

TODO alt text

Our Verdict

Parents are given not only an incredible amount of information about their children's computer activity, but also a great deal of control over the limitations and restrictions they put in place. Perfect for peace of mind.

For

  • Time limiting and access control options
  • Available for multiple platforms
  • Easy configuration and monitoring via online portal

Against

  • Web interface provides an almost overwhelming amount of information
  • To get the most from the tool, you'll need to pay a monthly or annual subscription

The idea behind Qustodio is to give parents the ability to monitor what their kids are doing online and with their computers and mobile devices, and to put limits in place. This includes introducing time limits, restricting the websites and types of online content that can be accessed and much more. 

Qustodio

Where to download: Qustodio

Developer: Qustodio

Operating systems: Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Kindle, Nook

What's particularly impressive about Qustodio is the fine-grained level of control if give you. As well as block individual apps, for example, it is also possible to place daily or weekly time limits on them – great if you want to ensure there's not too much time spent gaming or watching Netflix, but you don't want to be too dictatorial.

Qustodio is available for Windows, macOS, iOS, Android and even Kindle devices, meaning that it has just about all eventualities covered. The free version of the service only lets you control and monitor a single device – if you want to work with your child's computer, laptop and mobile, you'll need to upgrade to a paid version. It will monitor not only websites that are visited – and for how long – but also which applications are used.

Activity can be monitored in real-time, and details are saved for a week. Anything thought to be 'questionable' is highlighted for your attention. Daily email reports are sent out, as well as email alerts whenever unwanted activity is detected.

User experience

You can manage your account via one of the mobile apps or the Qustodio website,  both of which provide a great experience. Everything is intuitively set out, although it could be argued that there are a few too many sections to look through to find everything you might need, and the web-based portal does feel a little dated.

Regardless of which route you take, you can easily put in place your desired limitations such as blocking certain types of website, or restricting access to just a list of acceptable sites; you can choose to receive notifications when a site is block if you like.

It might take you a little while to get Qustodio completely configured to your liking, but once this is done it can be regarded as an extra pair of eyes looking after your kids for you.

The competition