Wiss Well-being: Parental control apps can help you manage and monitor your child's screen time

Our #WissNation children of all ages use tablets, phones, computers, and other devices to play games, do homework, and watch videos. As screen time has become such a staple in our lives, there is a growing concern over how much time children spend in front of screens. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the average child spends seven hours a day in front of them. That's more than twice the amount of time the AAP recommends.

How can you monitor and/or limit time spent on screens? Parental control apps can help you manage and monitor your child's screen time. These apps can also block certain content, set limits on app usage, and help you see what your child is doing online. Parents authored this list of the 7 Best Parental Control and Monitoring Apps of 2023:

·       Best Overall: Screen Time

·       Best Budget: unGlue

·       Best for Real-Time Monitoring: Qustodio

·       Best for Location Tracking: Norton Family

·       Best for Older Kids: Canopy

·       Best for Younger Kids: Net Nanny

·       Best for Time Management: Kaspersky Safe Kids

The most important features depend on your needs. Consider your child's age and online activity trends along with your budget when choosing an app. Some popular features include web filtering, activity reports, text and social media monitoring, location tracking, and panic alerts.

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