You can monitor more on the i Phone than you could a couple of years ago, but Android remains a better platform if you want more control over how your children are using their mobile devices.
Parents of kids with i OS devices would be well-advised to familiarize themselves with the parental-control options available in i OS 10's Settings app.
We focused our testing on apps that place an emphasis on setting up filters and limits before your child uses the phone, instead of just tracking activities after the fact.
In evaluating these products, we took the following criteria into account: We also looked into whether these services allow parents to monitor kids' activity on social media, though in most cases, the features we found were pretty limited.
I monitored activity and managed settings on a Mac Book Pro, and used both i OS and Android phones to send texts or call the Android device I was monitoring.
Both Norton Family Premier and Qustodio for Families Premium feature i OS versions, which we tested and rated separately from their Android counterparts.
Norton's excellent parental-monitoring service offers good filtering tools, helpful location-tracking features and informative reports about what your children are up to on their mobile devices.
Norton Family Premier packs just about any feature a parent could ask for into its mobile-device-management offering, giving you control over multiple features on multiple devices.
It's also that the internet never goes to sleep or stops demanding our attention.At that price, getting Norton Family Premier and Norton's excellent antivirus protection for more is kind of a no-brainer.Don't expect to be able to block specific callers and texters with Norton Family Premier, and the app's text-monitoring features are a little overbearing.Apple imposes limits on what third-party apps are able to control, and while some of those restrictions were eased after i OS 9's release, the Android platform still enables far more robust parental monitoring controls.None of the services tested for i Phone were able to effectively limit how much time a child could spend on their i Phone; we also couldn't monitor texts or block specific contacts.