The Qustodio app protects children online by monitoring their screen time, tracking their web activity and blocking inappropriate content. Used by over two million families around the world, the app is available for Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS and Kindle. It also lets parents view their child’s location, and on Androids, it includes a panic button.
One large problem facing children is too much screen time. According to data from Common Sense Media and the Huffington Post on the Qustodio website, children are on screens for the following amounts of time on average:
- Ages five to seven: Four and a half hours per day
- Ages eight to 12: Six hours per day
- Ages 13 to 19: Nine hours per day.
Theresa Desuyo, United States Country Manager and Digital Family Expert at Qustodio, spoke to Security Baron about how much screen time is recommended and the consequences that too much screen time can have on children. She cited the American Academy of Pediatrics which recommends that kids over the age of five should limit their screen time to less than two hours per day. Children under the age of five, on the other hand, should not have any screen time whatsoever, Desuyo said in the interview. She continued,
“Too much screen time can effect [children’s] human interaction as well as their ability to learn properly.”
Qustodio is free for the first device forever with paid plans available for up to five, 10 or 15 devices. The app is also available for schools and businesses, although Desuyo told Security Baron that their focus is on parents. She emphasized that the Qustodio app is not a replacement for parents talking to their kids about online safety, which is still very important. “It’s a conversation that should be approached as soon as possible,” she said.
What can Qustodio see?
Qustodio lets parents see their child’s activity on computers and mobile devices. Depending on their settings, parents might be able to see their children’s web searches, social media accounts, and messages.
What does free Qustodio do?
The free version of Qustodio lets parents monitor and control their children’s digital activities on one device indefinitely.
Can Qustodio monitor incognito mode?
Qustodio cannot monitor or block any websites if they are visited in incognito mode. However, on Androids six and up, it’s possible for parents to block incognito mode.