With billions of webpages, parental control on the internet usage of young kids is a big issue. Many parents are concerned about not knowing what their kids are watching or reading on the internet when they are alone. Qustodio is a parental control application to easily block and keep track of your kids’ online activities. It lets you create separate profile for each kid, define different web surfing categories and time usage limitations for different profiles. With Qustodio, you can monitor your child’s social networking activities as well as control their online access, receive notifications about suspicious websites visits and lock internet or computer usage once they reach set time limits.
If you are using Qustodio for the first time, you will have to set up an account. It will ask for information regarding the number of children that you want to monitor, their names, date of birth and gender. When done, set up Windows accounts for each child that uses the computer. You will use these accounts to set up individual protection levels for each child from your Family Protection Portal web app. Finally, you need to choose the device name and enable/disable option to hide Qustodio desktop app from your children. Once all settings are in place, click Restart Now to reboot you system for changes to take effect.
Qustodio sits in system tray. You can access Qustodio web app by clicking its icon in system tray.
Clicking Configure will open Activity Summary page in default browser. Qustodio updates the stats after every 3 hours. The summary page explains internet usage on a pie-chart showing percentage of time spent on different categories of websites against number of minutes spent on each website.
When you scroll down the page, you can see the minutes spent on each website.
Under Rules & Settings tab, you can define different Web Browsing Rules for each child. It allows you to select Website Categories that you want to permit. You may either totally block the website category or just monitor your kid’s activities.
You have the option to set the amount of time your children can spend on PC in a day. From Time Usage Limits tab, you can select Lock navigation (disable offline use), Lock Computer (disable both online and offline use) or Alert Me (sends you an alert when your child reaches the time limit) as the Computer Lock Type. When a website category is blocked, your kid will not be able to access any website belonging to that category.
Qustodio automatically logs you out if there is no activity so you don’t have to worry about someone else changing the settings in case you forget to log out. Since the application controls are web-based, you can access them from anywhere. Qustodio works on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.