In any industry reputation plays a big role, and when it comes to parental control software it’s only natural that you want to get the best of the best. Here we’ll be looking at two examples of software with very different levels of popularity. FamilyTime is a relatively obscure entry in the parental control software market and it could even be seen as a hidden gem. Meanwhile, Qustodio is used by millions of families worldwide, but is it really as good as they say? We took a closer look at both FamilyTime and Qustodio to see if they have earned their respective reputations.
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Developed in Pakistan in 2013, FamilyTime is an emerging and unique parental control solution that focuses primarily on managing how a child spends their time on a device. If you’re worried about screen addiction or a child’s focus on their work, you can create a schedule for them and once the time is up the device will lock. This is a pretty standard feature, but FamilyTime rewards kids for spending less time on their phones by letting them ‘save’ time to ‘spend’ later. But that’s not all – FamilyTime also creates internet filters and lets you block apps to make sure that your children don’t see something inappropriate online. The app also takes advantage of GPS with its PickMeUp and SOS alerts that send a child’s location to the parent’s device.
FamilyTime only works on Android and iOS, with the price depending on how many devices you want to cover. For just one device it’s quite the bargain, but for larger families that want to cover multiple devices the costs soon add up. New users can test the software out first by taking advantage of its free 3-day trial.
Based in Spain, Qustodio has become one of the most famous names in the industry since its release in 2012. Like FamilyTime, Qustodio allows you to set up a schedule for your child’s device usage and locks once the time has expired. The software also has category filters and allows parents to check how appropriate a website is with its useful Web of Trust integration. You can also set Qustodio up on your child’s Facebook profile and the software will monitor their posts and tell you who they interact with. Perhaps the most impressive part of Qustodio is its in-depth monitoring that gives you a close look at how your child uses their device and ensures they’re safe online.
Qustodio is available for Android (where it boasts extra GPS features), iOS, Windows, macOS, and even Kindle. It’s possible to use Qustodio entirely for free, but you do lose out on some of its advanced features. And while it isn’t the cheapest solution around, it works out at better value if you want to cover multiple devices. You can check if it’s worth your investment first by trying the premium version of Qustodio with its 3-day free trial.
While FamilyTime may deserve to be better known, Qustodio more than justifies its reputation. Overall, they both offer many of the same features that will help parents keep their kids safe online. Of the two solutions it’s Qustodio that does everything in a much more polished way, and when it comes to reporting to parents it’s a cut above the rest. However, if you want to cover just one device, FamilyTime is by far the cheaper option and is much more useful than Qustodio’s free version. But since both solutions offer free trials we recommend testing them both out to see which is the perfect fit for your family.
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