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How to Setup Parental Controls on Android

 

Here is a step-by-step guide to setup parental control restrictions on Android smartphones and tablets like the Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy tablet. iPhone and iPod Touch users can find a similar tutorial here and iPad users can find one here

Mobicip offers a best-selling alternate browser that enables parental controls on your child's Android device. It is simple to setup and works anytime anywhere! The Mobicip Safe Browser is protected by a mobicip.comaccount setup by the parent.

Mobicip Safe Browser Setup

The Safe Browser is now available for download from Google Play (formerly Market). Follow the steps below to download and install the Safe Browser. If you have already downloaded the Safe Browser, skip to step four below.

1. On your Android device, launch Google Play (formerly Market), and select Apps.

Note: Kindle Fire users will not have access to Google Play. Until Mobicip is live on the Amazon App Store, you will need to sideload the Mobicip apk. Follow the steps here to sideload.

Google Play Home

2. Search for Mobicip and install the Safe Browser app. If you have successfully installed the app, you should be able to find the icon on your home screen.

Mobicip Android Home Icon

4. Launch the Safe Browser and login using your Mobicip.com account. Select the filtering profile you wish to apply to this device. You can tap the URL bar at the top of the app and browse to any website.

  

5. If you do not have an account, touch Create New Account and register. Once your account is created, you can use it to enable the Safe Browser app.

6. Now select the filtering profile you wish to apply to this device.

Select filtering profile

7. When done, you will see the browser open up. You can now enter the URL you wish to visit.

   

General Parental Control Restrictions Setup

The Mobicip app includes the ability to password-protect other apps through your Mobicip password. The goal is to disable the Android browser and any other apps that allow unrestricted access to the web, and ensure that Mobicip is the only safe browser available.

1. Launch Mobicip and select Menu > More > Settings.

       

2. By default, Mobicip will password-protect the installation and deletion of new apps. Unless you wish to change this setting, no action is required on your part.

3. Select App Restrictions. You will be asked to enter your Mobicip.com password.

3. At a minimum, you should block the default browser, the Google Play store (formerly Market) and any other browser apps. The apps you block will not be removed from the device. They will simply be password-protected.

       

   

That is it! You can be rest assured that your child will have a safe and secure Internet enabled device that he/she can use anytime anywhere!

 

How to Setup Parental Controls on an iPad by AppleToolbox.com

Apple Toolbox recently shared an article explaining how to setup parental controls on an iPad, go to AppleToolbox.com to view. They share third party solutions and state: "You may want a secure and safe web browsing for your family. Ther are various apps for this.  The most famous one is Mobicip, which is available at the app store for $4.99." 

Mobicip for the iPad

Web Filter Article Rec: Child proofing your Internet-enabled gadgets

Thank you Maggie Reardon from CNET for answering Paula's question! Concerned parent, Paula wrote Maggie:

web filter ipod touch 

Subject: Putting the iPod Touch on lock-down
Dear Maggie,
My 10-year-old daughter wants an iPod Touch for Christmas. I'm sure it's because all of her friends have one and are playing games and other apps on it. But I am nervous about getting her one. I trust her, but I do not think she needs all of the technologies that come on an iPod Touch. I really do not want the outside world getting in touch with her! Is there some type of other technology or device I can get her so she can play apps and at the same time not have a Skype phone, camera, video, GPS, etc.? I feel so old school, but I do not think a 10-year-old needs to be texting, etc!!! All and any advice would really be helpful!
Thanks,
Paula

Maggie responded and posted "Child proofing your Internet-enabled gadgets."

In the article, Maggie shares: "More and more parents are giving their kids tablets, game consoles, laptops, and other Internet-connected devices as special holiday gifts. But how do you keep Junior safe as he's downloading apps, playing games online and exploring the World Wide Web?"

"Luckily, there are several apps that can help you monitor your daughter's browsing and usage on her iPod Touch, if you ever feel like you want to allow her a bit more freedom. Mobicip Safe Browser is a popular Web filter. It can be downloaded from the App Store for $4.99 and it's used instead of the Safari browser on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. It's basically a browser that filters Web content to ensure it's safe for your daughter. iRover Surf Safe is another app that offers similar functionality. And there are many more."

Thank you again Maggie for mentioning Mobicip as a web filter solution. You can read Maggie's complete article here.

Mobicip E-Newsletter: Announcing Mobicip for Android

 
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In this issue...

  1. Mobicip for Android - Now Available in Beta
  2. Redesigned Website Launched
  3. Parents.com - Best Apps to Prevent Cyberbullying

 

Mobicip for Android - Now Available in Beta

Mobicip has helped tens of thousands of parents and schools to create a safe browsing environment on iOS-based mobile devices like the iPad for students and children to learn. We are happy to announce that Mobicip is now available for smartphone and tablets using the Google Android OS. This includes the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus One, Amazon's Kindle Fire, among others.

Simply email us or contact us here to sign-up for the beta program. The Safe Browser for Android should be available on the Android Market soon!

Redesigned Website Launched

You may have noticed that the Mobicip website has been completely redesigned recently. The goal of the redesign was to make the site easier to navigate and make things easier to find. Take a look and let us know what you think!

The Web Monitor (the web-based application after login that allows you to configure your filtering, customize parental control settings, and monitor browsing activity remotely) is undergoing a revamp as well to make the application more usable and easy to setup.

Mobicip Time Limits Users - Please Setup Your Time Zone

If you have setup the Time Limits feature in your Mobicip account, please take a minute to login at Mobicip.com, select Settings > Time Limits, and setup your time zone.

This will ensure your time limits settings are based on the time zone you select and more importantly, account for daylight savings if applicable. If you do not select the time zone at this time, the time limits you had setup will continue to be applied, but potentially with a 1-hour offset due to the daylight savings time change. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused already.

Please follow the steps above, and review your time limits settings one more time to make sure you are all set.

At Mobicip, we are constantly listening to users and acting on their feedback. Please feel free to contact us here, via email or on the forum. Your voice is important to us, and it can help all of our users.

Sincerely
Mobicip Crew

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"In 2010 Mobicip was awarded the 2010 Parents' Choice Silver Honors Award for top mobile app for kids. It includes a wide array of parental controls, including category blocking, time limits, Internet activity reports, blocked phrases, and YouTube filtering."


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