Our Mini App Reviews are quick looks into apps that may well have passed under your radar, but may in fact be worth a look, and possibly even a purchase. Have a peek at today’s app and see if you think it is worth your time and money.
SmyleSafe: Web Filtering Software
SmyleSafe for both iPhone and iPad, is a full Web browser for iOS with a brilliant feature. That feature is the fact that the app uses a cloud based solution to filter Websites to check that they are age appropriate for children. Now, that doesn’t mean that the app simply checks a list of known adult oriented sites, as it goes much further than that.
Every time the browser visits a site, it actually analyses the content on the site and will block it if it finds anything inappropriate. The app also uses Geofencing to make sure your child doesn’t physically go outside a certain area, which is sure to be a boost for many users.
✮ Time Restrictions
Perhaps your child is using the Internet during school hours or after bedtime. SmyleSafe’s built-in time restrictions allow you to set hours of the day when the browser will not open any web pages.
✮ Location Tracking and Geofencing
SmyleSafe tracks the location of your child and uploads it periodically to your online dashboard. You can also set electronic boundaries or fences. If your child goes outside the fence, an instant alert is sent to your email address so you can take appropriate action.
✮ Safe Search Enforcement
SmyleSafe imposes strict safe search enforcement to all major search engines, disallowing access to any inappropriate websites from search results such as text, images or news.
✮ Online Dashboard included
You are granted access to an online dashboard from where you can monitor each and every activity your child performs. You can login to the dashboard from any device’s web browser to monitor websites visited (or attempted) and locations at intervals you set. You can also make changes to the settings from within the dashboard, which are applied absolutely immediately.
✮ Kids’ Requests and Email Alerts
Your child is given the freedom to request access of any blocked website from you. You can grant access or deny it. You can also setup email alerts to be notified when a blocked website is accessed or when your child goes outside a geofence.
Overall, this is a great idea and is well implemented. If you are concerned about sites your child may be browsing on thier iPhone or iPad, then SmyleSafe is something you may want to look at.