PROS / It has a powerful, unique browser filter that can allow, warn you of or restrict content based on its category.
CONS / The software doesn't track phone call or text message data.
VERDICT / Net Nanny lacks in what it can track and send alerts on, but it has intuitive and visually appealing reports. The web filter option is one of the best in our review.
Net Nanny is cell phone parental control software that lets you track your kids' internet activity as they browse on their smartphones. With the software, you can set restrictions and create usage alerts. Its reporting functions are excellent, but its focus is on internet usage, so it's not the best parental control software for monitoring other cell phone activity, such as calls and texts.
The best cell phone spyware not only tracks a wide variety of activity, but also gives you clear-cut, simple reports. Net Nanny focuses on internet usage over other activity, but it can show you photos and videos your child has taken and contacts they've stored on their smartphone. Unlike other software on our lineup, it doesn't track calls and texts. If your kids' internet usage is your main concern, though, this software is a great option.
You can easily limit the kind of content your child has access to view, thanks to the built-in filter. You can block or allow certain categories, such as pornography or drugs, and block web content and apps accordingly. It lets you create alerts that notify you if your child searches for specific keywords. Additionally, you can limit phone usage time so your kid doesn't spend too much time online.
The software is easy to install, taking only a few minutes. It's reasonably easy to use too. But the best feature of Net Nanny, without a doubt, is its reporting capacity. As soon as you log in to the monitoring website, the homepage shows you a huge variety of reports, charts, statistics and other useful usage data. The software does not run invisibly, though, so your children may notice it.
Although Net Nanny works with the two dominant mobile operating systems, Android and iOS, it is not available for BlackBerry devices. Net Nanny's mobile apps are only available in the company's Family Protection Pass, but you can install this parental control application on up to five PCs, Macs or smartphones. This is the greatest number of users allowed on a single license of the mobile phone safety software we reviewed.
Net Nanny offers multiple ways to contact its support representatives directly – live chat, phone and email – so you can use whichever method is most convenient for you. It is one of only three products in our review that offers all of the contact methods we looked for in our tests. If you don't want to talk to anyone directly, you can check out the informational resources on the company's website.
Though it doesn't monitor the full gamut of possible cell phone activity, Net Nanny provides outstanding reports and a unique filter capacity. The software is backed by terrific customer service, and it can help you protect your kids as they browse the internet.