Chromebooks are a great option for your kids. They are cheap, portable, lightweight, and the software costs nothing. When your kids start using technology, you want to know what they’re doing.
Because of their focus on kids, students, and education, Chromebooks and Chrome OS have a decent span of parental control. Some integrate with Chrome OS, while others come from the Chrome Web Store or Google Play.
Here are the best parental controls for your child’s Chromebook.
One of the best integrated Chromebook parental control tools available is Google Family informasi. The Google-designed app lets parents monitor their child’s Chromebook sessions from their Android smartphone. Family informasi is a replacement for Chrome Monitored Profile. Existing Chrome supervised accounts still work, but you can no longer edit their settings, or create new profiles.
Google Family informasi allows parents to:
- Set a Chromebook usage time limit
- Manually control daily timeout
- Set individual app timeout
- View app usage and generate time activity reports for kids
- Approve app downloads and other online activities
- Add apps that focus on remote education and exploration
- Lock Chromebooks remotely, with specific unlock times
- Find your child via Family informasi on their Chromebook
You can also control your child’s Chromebook from another Chromebook, as long as you can install the Android app. (Some Chromebook models can only install Chrome Web Store apps, rather than Android operating system apps.)
Google Family informasi has the same functionality as Chrome Monitored Profiles, with a few handy additions.
Mobicip Parental Control with Screen Time (full title of application) is a remote parental control application. It is one of the most popular and comprehensive parental control apps that works for Android, iOS, and Chromebooks, as well as macOS and Windows.
The Mobicip Parental Control Standard Plan includes the following features:
- Schedule and limit Chromebook screen time
- Lock Chromebook remotely
- Review recent browsing history
- Block and control social media apps, videos and games
- Manage internet content filtering
- Send messages to Chromebooks; reminders, homework checks, and so on
- Track Chromebook’s location when it’s turned on
Mobicip Parental Control is easy to use and full of features. This is a premium parental control app. A year’s subscription to Mobicip’s Standard Plan will set you back $49.99 per year, offering protection for five devices. Mobicip also offers a free seven-day trial to see if parental controls are right for you and your kids.
WebWatcher is a long-time player in the parental control market. WebWatcher’s Chromebook offerings aren’t as comprehensive as Google Family informasi or Mobicip Parental Control. But it does allow for decent remote Chromebook management and some useful content warnings. With WebWatcher Chromebook monitoring, you can:
- Monitor website and search history
- Pay attention to social media URLs
- Create word alerts with automatic screenshotting
- Use continuous screenshot mode to update constantly
The WebWatcher Alert Log Tool is highly recommended. The Alert Log continuously scans the data on your Chromebook, using advanced filtering for malicious behavior or content. If your child engages in malicious behavior on their Chromebook, you receive an email update complete with a screenshot of the issue.
The WebWatcher Chromebook monitoring model respects the privacy of Chromebook users while keeping parents informed of any malicious activity.
WebWatcher for Chromebooks is a premium parental control app. You can choose a $3.32 monthly payment or pay $39.99 for a 12-month subscription. WebWatcher also offers a free trial to test the parental control system before purchasing.
Blocksi Manager Home is a comprehensive Chromebook parental control option, with a wide range of monitoring and management features. There are several versions of Blocksi. The free Blocksi option offers a handy but standard array of URLs, and content filtering, whitelisting, and website rankings.
The best option is Blocksi Manager Home Premium, which gives you:
- Internet, social media, video, game access time control
- Keyword filtering and additional YouTube channels
- Customizable filtering policies
- Close to real time analysis, search and web history
- Notifications about attempts to access harmful or prohibited content
- Screen time enforcement
Home Premium Blocksi Manager costs $59.50 per user per year. Comparatively, Home Blocksi Manager is one of the most expensive Chromebook parental control products. However, it is also one of the most comprehensive. Like the other Chromebook parental control options on this list, Blocksi offers a free trial.
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mSpy is a parental control app with a focus on constant tracking. In that case, mSpy gives you a constant view of your child’s Chromebook world, as long as the Chromebook is turned on or in use. mSpy provides a variety of parental controls, including:
- Social media monitoring, including WhatsApp and Snapchat
- Web browsing and search monitoring and reporting
- Email tracking and analysis
- Location tracking while Chromebook is in use
- Geo-fence alerts; if your child accesses a Chromebook outside the fence, you receive an alert
- Installed app control, monitoring and blocking
mSpy is very comprehensive, but it is also the most expensive parental control app on this list. Geo-fencing, website blocking, and other features are included in the Premium subscription, which costs $53.99 per month. You can reduce your monthly costs with a 12-month subscription, dropping the price to $12.49 per month.
If you want something free and relatively easy to use, look no further than Google Family informasi. It works right out of the box. You can install it on almost any Chromebook, as long as it’s compatible. It uses your existing Gmail account to monitor your child’s Chromebook usage, and the app itself is intuitive.
The other options are all practical, with different strengths for parental control. However, since they all come with a price tag, the free option wins.