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You’re putting your family at risk.

Parental control apps seem like a good idea on the surface, but recent research shows they can harm relationships between parents and kids and end up doing more harm than good. We’ll show you why and what to do instead.

You’re fostering resentment.

Apps that shut devices down without warning or monitor locations and online activities drive wedges between you and your kids, discouraging communication and creating resentment as they become older and more independent.

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Elizabeth Olson

This seems like a punishment and most people agree with me if you love your family don’t get this.

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Lydia Quwigley

This thing sucks When I become 18 I’m Going to sue you thanks for ruining my phone Please if any of you parents love your children please please please don't get this app.

parental control app review

Most parental-control apps are just that—apps that attempt to control what [kids] can do online, but ultimately do little to keep them safe online."Most parental-control apps are just that—apps that attempt to control what [kids] can do online, but ultimately do little to keep them safe online."

Researcher, University of Central Florida

You can’t just set it and forget it.

Parental control apps might seem like they do enough monitoring on their own once installed, but they can actually make your kids more likely to encounter content you don’t want them to see. And, as your kids get older, they’re more likely to work around the app to access that content.

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What you call “monitoring,” they call “spying.”

Using parental control apps can make your kids feel like you don’t trust them or that they don’t have privacy, which can weaken their trust in you over time. Not only can this damage your relationship, it can also cause lasting negative impacts on their self-esteem and social relationships.

Learn How To Avoid It

Elizabeth Olson

I get laughed at and bullied because other kids know I have parental controls on my phone.

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Lydia Quwigley

hey parents are you over protective and want your child to feel like he or she is always monitored without a choice. then this app is for you. you have to be a complete creep to stalk your kids life.

parental control app review

Elizabeth Olson

Why do you have to make such an app It's like another form of being grounded!

parental control app review

Lydia Quwigley

Why do you have to make such an app It's like another form of being grounded!

parental control app review

Your kids feel too restricted.

Recent research and online reviews of parental control apps and show that kids feel angry, controlled, and punished when their parents use the apps, which can make you grow apart.

Embrace open, frequent dialogue instead.

The best way to manage screen time and keep your kids safe online is to open the lines of communication, even if you haven’t always done this in the past. Having regular conversations about responsible use of electronics helps set the foundation for healthier technology habits once your kids get older and have more autonomy on their devices.

Kids told us loudly and clearly that they would rather their parents talk to them than use parental control apps."

Researcher, University of Central Florida

Enjoy a healthier relationship.

When you work together as a family to decide what responsible screen use looks like, kids take an active role in monitoring their own screen use, empowering them to be more independent and helping them feel trusted (and making them more likely to trust you).

TechDen helps you get there.

TechDen combines a charging and storage unit with an app that helps you work with your kids collaboratively to develop healthy screen habits.

  • Give kids an active role
  • Set goals together
  • Use “out of sight, out of mind” approach

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