Free parental control software include the Norton Online Family, Windows Live Family Safety, the K9 Web Protection and KidLogger. These software programs restrict children from accessing adult content and unauthorized applications.
The Norton Online Family software is a cloud-based parental control service that monitors computer activities, generates reports and publishes them online for easy access. The software monitors the Internet, messaging apps and social media traffic, and blocks specific sites based on the child's birth date and duration of time defined by the parent. The Windows Live Family Safety tool allows anyone with a Windows Live account to set up parental control features for monitoring members of the family using the same computer. The software places restrictions on the Windows Store and games usage and performs web filtering, app limits and time restrictions.
The K9 Web Protection software runs from inside a web browser and protects children from several categories of online platforms including pornographic, gambling, malware and phishing sites. It allows parents to set restrictions to block web access during designated times and offers real-time categorization of all malicious websites. KidLogger keeps track of websites visited, applications used and desktop activity such as screenshots. The software has a voice monitoring tool that allows users to record audio, save it as MP3 files and send it via a specified email address.