Best Parental Control Apps to Monitor and Limit Screen Time

Applications can be of huge educational benefit to young children today. Here at the Educational App Store we invest in finding the best apps to meet the demands of the curriculum. But not all apps are beneficial. Children seem to get hooked on apps that deliver little but frustration. Additionally, too much screen time has been shown to affect children's school performance and natural sleep patterns. That's why controlling screen time is so important to safeguarding children's health and happiness.

Thinking of installing a parental control app on your kid’s phone? You’re not alone. Plenty of parents use such apps to keep their kids safe online and to provide themselves with some peace of mind. Parental controls aren’t perfect, and in fact, there’s a lot of undesirable content that can slip through parental controls. 

Here are five best apps to keep your kids safe online, in celebration of Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, February 7.


( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

ScreenLimit is a parental control app that enables you to manage the time your kids spend on their phones by setting a daily time limit on the apps you want to restrict. The app offers flexible controls for apps, enabling you to block social networks but allow educational apps during school hours, or prohibit games but enable reading apps at bedtime. You can temporarily lock all access when you need your kids off their devices, and keep track of the apps they’re using. Aware that children may switch devices to overcome limits, this is a multi platform limiter and has added benefits such as messages, rewards and 'allowed' apps lists.

Limitly Screen Time Control

( Android - Free )

Limitly enables you to block apps, set time limits for apps, schedule device use, review which apps your child is using and how often, and prevent your kids from using apps that you haven’t reviewed and approved. Another useful feature is the quarantining of an application the child has downloaded so that the parent has had a chance to review the app before use. And it doesn’t hurt that the app is free, and has neither in-app purchases nor other costs.

Qustodio Parental Control

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

Qustodio helps you understand how your children are using their phones, including apps and the web, so you can set appropriate limits to manage their online experience. Filtering technology automatically protects kids from unsafe content. Qustodio blocks inappropriate content, even in private browsing mode, and enables you to set limits for games and apps or even block specific titles altogether. You can monitor the time your child spends on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or WhatsApp, track messages and calls, and even set multi-device time limits. Further, you can track your child’s location and use the panic button to call for help in an emergency. Premium subscriptions cost $49.95 or $87.95 a year.

ESET Parental Control

( Android - Free )

ESET Parental Control is a more fully-featured parental control app that takes a comprehensive approach to keeping young kids safe online. It uses age-based filters to manage which apps your child can and cannot access. It also blocks age-inappropriate websites and website categories. You can set time limits for the app and games that your child is allowed to use, and you can check the location of your child’s device or send a message that they must acknowledge before they continue using the device.

Norton Family parental control

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

Norton Family Parental Control is perfect for families with several children and numerous mobile devices: it enables age-appropriate settings for each device, web filtering and tracking their location. In addition, there is an option of controlling the screen time in order to set healthy limits.