We all know kids love electronic devices and we also know there is an abundance of bad influences, pornography, and other negative content all over the web. This is why it is very important for parents to have access to web filtering and accountability programs. Here are some free filtering and accountability software programs you may want to try:
K9 Web Protection is a free filtering and accountability program that filters web content and keeps an undeletable history for you to check browsing history. Some of K9's best features are that it covers every web browser on the computer, stays in the background most of the time, and is almost completely secure against anyone who tries to get through it. K9 promotes that it blocks web sites in more than 70 categories, including pornography, gambling, drugs, violence/hate/racism, malware/spyware, and phishing. One downside is that on a Mac computer, after blocking a web page, it may kick off the computer's internet until restarted.
Qustodio is another free parental control software that also filters web content on iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac. It has a relatively simple dashboard that makes it easy to understand how your child uses devices, apps and the web. It works fine other than some users reporting that the setting to prevent VPN from being turned off doesn't always work. Other users also reported that on some devices, it could not be disabled even by the parent. It is worth remembering, however, that none of the programs listed here is guaranteed not to be un-disableable.
Mobicip is also a free web protection software that filters web content and reports to the parent what websites the child has visited. On devices such as Android and iOS, it also monitors the apps that are installed onto the device and also reports them to the parent. One downside is that Mobicip can potentially be de-activated on Android devices without a password.
Windows Family Safety has web protection but is limited to Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer. When enabled, the web filter blocks access to adult content and enables safe search. The safe search setting blurs adult content in images. It also has Activity Reporting that when enabled gives parents a list of websites that were visited, the device usage time, and which apps were used. Windows Family Safety also has a feature that allows the parents to restrict the amount of time the child spends on the computer. It comes with Windows 10 but it also comes with Windows Live essentials.
Mac Parental Controls is a content filter that uses the categories of unrestricted, automatic, and whitelist to allow parents to control access to inappropriate content. The unrestricted mode allows unlimited web access while the automatic mode is designed to screen out pornographic and other content and logs all visited and blocked sites. The whitelist mode blocks any website which is not on the allowed list.
OpenDNS Family Shield is preconfigured to block inappropriate web content. Unlike the other options, OpenDNS requires configuring your device to use their nameservers. While not extremely complicated to set up, some users may not want to take this step, although OpenDNS claims their service will increase Internet speed.
Finally, Kurupira is a lesser known web filter and content blocker, however, some users report it works well for them. It uses artificial intelligence techniques to block inappropriate content. The Kurupira download page is in Portuguese but the installation is available in English.