PROS / It runs invisibly on the device.
CONS / You have to pay extra if you want to keep and review any monitored data beyond the default seven-day period.
VERDICT / WebWatcher tracks and reports on a variety of details, but it doesn't give you much in the way of alerts or restrictions.
WebWatcher can help you monitor your kids' cell phones to make sure they aren't viewing any inappropriate content or talking to unsavory people. It can track more data than lower-ranked software in our review, but it is slightly limited in what kind of alerts and restrictions it can set. Additionally, it doesn't store your monitored data for long, and you have to pay to keep it longer.
You can view basic activity with this cell phone parental control software, such as calls and texts, along with what apps your kids have installed or their GPS location and history. It also shows you low-resolution versions of any photos taken on the device. However, it doesn't let you view their contacts or calendar events.
In our tests, we were disappointed to see that this mobile phone safety app is quite limited in its capacity to block websites and apps on the target device, though it can set time limits to ensure your kids aren't playing games or texting when they should be doing something else. The only alert setting lets you create a simple keyword alert, which notifies you if your child searches for certain keywords online or uses them in a conversation.
This parental control application is reasonably easy to install and use. The interface is simple to navigate, though it's not the most intuitive or visually appealing. Something worth noting is that you won't necessarily be done spending money on the product after purchasing it: To keep and view your data beyond the default seven-day period, you have to pay extra to keep your data for 14 or 30 days. It also limits you on the quantity of screenshots you can take on the monitored device, and if you need more, you have to pay more. The software does provide simple reports on collected data, and it runs invisibly on the device, so your children won't notice it.
You can connect with WebWatcher's customer support representatives via email, phone or live chat, and they can answer your questions or concerns about the product. Only two other products in our review offer these three contact methods. For more information, you can also check out the FAQs and blog on its website. WebWatcher is compatible with Android, iOS and BlackBerry devices. The iOS version of the software doesn't require you to jailbreak the device, but you must have iCloud access and up-to-date credentials.
WebWatcher is limited in the kinds of alerts and restrictions it can set, and in how long it can store your monitored data. However, it offers decent device compatibility and tracks a variety of data. Backed by quality customer service, it can monitor an array of your child's activity and help give you peace of mind.