Monitoring the internet use of children has become almost a necessity for parents if they want to ensure that their child is not being exposed to adult or harmful material. Internet is now filled with so much time wasting and potentially harmful content that you can easily lose focus whether your child is doing his school work or browsing around the YouTube or other streaming sites. How much monitoring and control there should be, is, however, a debatable topic. And depends on the country and culture you’re part of. Previously, we have covered some nice parental control and monitoring software, such as Qustodio, Weblock For Kids, The Web Blocker, Activity Monitor and Cyberoids Web Blocker. All these aforementioned tools are quite handy to keep your children safe from various forbidden activities on the internet. Verity is another such parental control software that allows you to monitor and track the computer and internet activity of your child. You can block websites and applications with parental controls and track activity by user, program, keystrokes, mouse clicks and screenshots. It lets you view what you kids are doing on the computer and online in an easy, non-invasive manner. More on Verity after the break.
During installation, you are required to set up the admin account. Enter your Email address, Password, and click Next to setup your account.
The main interface has Control Panel, Setup Wizard and Options buttons at the top. The same menu can also be accessed from the Verity menu at the top. The information pane lists all the activities and operations started by the application.
The Control Panel lets you view and manage the Saved Activities, Saved Screenshots, Usage Reports and Parental Controls.
Once inside the control panel, you can specify the Prohibited Activities, Time Limits, Activity Log Setting and General Settings, including the minimum and maximum time between log entries and screenshots etc.
The Setup Wizard lets you reconfigure the Admin Email Address and Password, while the options pane allows you to configure Auto-Run settings, Data Archive Folder and Web Access settings like Web Routing and Local/ Public Network Configuration.
Complete details about Verity are available on the product page. Overall, Verity is quite a handy application that might help you in your kids’ safety. The application works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Testing was carried out on Windows 7 Ultimate.