Qustodio App Protects Children Online

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.

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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.

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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.

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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