PROS / It has a powerful, unique browser filter that can allow, warn you of or restrict content based on its category.
CONS / The filter did not work consistently during our testing and occasionally allowed inappropriate content through.
VERDICT / The software lacks in what it can track and send alerts on, but it has intuitive and visually appealing reports.
Editor's Note: Net Nanny for Android and Net Nanny for iOS are now available as part of the Net Nanny Family Protection Pass. Clicking the Buy button will take you to this version for purchase. The manufacturer lists the new version as offering the same features, but under a single subscription plan across Windows, macOS, Android and iOS devices. We will evaluate, rank and review the Net Nanny Family Protection Pass when we next update the cell phone parental control software reviews. Meanwhile, enjoy our review below.
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 also 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.
This cell phone spyware is only available on iPhones and Android devices, not on BlackBerry. It is only available in one-year terms, unlike other software options, which typically allow you to choose from monthly, quarterly and semiannual plans. The software automatically enrolls you in a subscription upon purchase.
The best cell phone spyware not only tracks a wide variety of activity, but also gives you clear-cut, simple reports. It focuses on internet usage over other activity, but it does show you photos and videos your child has taken on the device and contacts they've stored on it. However, unlike other software on our lineup, it fails to track calls, texts, email or anything else. 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, though our tests revealed that it focuses on internet use rather than monitoring all cell phone activity. 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.
Net Nanny offers you multiple ways to contact its support representatives directly, including live chat, phone and email, so you can use whichever method is most convenient for you. If you don't want to talk to anyone directly, you can check out the informational resources on the company's website.
Though it falls short in monitoring the full gamut of possible cell phone activity, Net Nanny provides you with outstanding reports and a unique filter capacity. The software is backed by terrific customer service, and it can help protect your kids as they browse the vast ocean that is the internet.