If you’ve ever used Qustodio before, you know that core of our product experience for parents is the reporting we do of kids’ activities on your Qustodio desktop Family Portal dashboard. It is second to none in the way it summarizes screen time, app usage and content browsed. We’ve long wanted to bring that experience to mobile in order to make things easier for you. Today, we’re taking that step with the launch of the latest version of the Qustodio app, which features a brand new experience for parents on mobile.
To install, just download the Qustodio app to your own iPhone or Android. During installation we’ll ask you a simple question: “Is this a Parent’s device?” Just answer yes, and the Qustodio Parent’s App will start.
Once the Parent’s App opens, you’ll see the list of all the kids you have protected with Qustodio. When you click on each child, you’ll see their screen time use for that day and a timeline with all their activity. You’ll see the games, apps and websites they surf and, if your child’s device allows it, you’ll also be one click away from viewing their latest location updates. You can scroll down to view historical activity or you can just pull to refresh the timeline to get the latest updates.
Think of the Qustodio Parent’s App as a much simpler version of Qustodio. It’s still very much a version 1.0 and for now, you’ll still have go to our desktop Family Portal change rules and settings. But, to make things easier, we’ve added an auto-login feature to do this automatically for you.
This is just the start of what we’ve got planned for you in 2017. We’ll be rolling out many improvements and changes to the app all during the year. Our goal is to make Qustodio the most useful and recommended by parents all over the world.
True to Qustodio form, the new Qustodio Parent’s app is free. In fact, as a parent, you can install Qustodio on as many parent devices as you want.
Summer has been a perfect time to give kids extra freedom. There were no classes, evenings were homework-free, and playdates were frequent. But now that the long summer days are waning, it’s time to revisit how to monitor kids’ screen time. Put a monitoring system in place now, and it’ll carry on through the fast-approaching back-to-school season.
During the school year, kids will be more likely to communicate with friends, try out new digital resources, and be online for school assignments. It’s important to make sure they have access to the resources they need while still limiting or blocking sites and apps that may be detrimental to healthy growth. In today’s information age, it is vital for kids to be tech savvy, but it’s up to parents to find and maintain a balance. That’s where Qustodio can help.
Studies have shown that too much media consumption can negatively affect grades, attention span, physical activity, BMI, and sleep. These are critical parts of kids’ lives, so help them make good choices by understanding how they spend their digital time.
We all want healthy, productive, happy kids, but how do we get there?
Limiting media use and steering kids toward quality digital materials creates healthy outcomes, causing a chain reaction that improves children’s sleep, health, and school performance. It also lowers their exposure to violence, thus curbing aggressive behavior and increasing prosocial behavior.
Being involved with your kids’ activities protects them from dangerous or inappropriate media, but also helps steer kids toward quality, enriching, educational resources. In addition to teaching tech skills, time spent with digital resources can increase vocabulary and literacy skills, math skills, cultural appreciation, scientific understanding, teamwork, and empathy. But screen time and media consumption should be used within the greater context of learning and emotional growth.
With Qustodio, you can easily monitor your kids’ screen time and content. Simply set up Qustodio on each device and then receive daily graphical updates of your kids’ activities, as well as checking up-to-the-minute activity on the dashboard. Qustodio specifically calls out any questionable activity for easy monitoring. Total activity is also broken down into websites and applications, social media contacts, and time spent on each activity and device. Specific search terms are also called out. Stats for visited websites include trustworthiness, child safety, first and last visits to the page, and more. Parents can also use Qustodio to monitor their kids’ phone calls and text messages.
With a free account, parents can monitor one child on one device, perfect for getting started and learning your way around. Parents with more kids and devices will want to sign up for a premium account, which includes premium features such as tracking multiple kids and devices, keeping tabs on Facebook use, location tracking, the ability to block certain applications, and more.
Parents know their kids best, so Qustodio allows parents to customize their monitoring approach to each child’s particular needs and requirements. Perhaps one kid prefers only educational apps, but spends too many hours a day on their tablet. Maybe another kid only spends an hour per day online, but tends to choose inappropriate content. Parents can limit one kid’s online time, while limiting accessible websites for another. And since Qustodio can be installed on phones and tablets as well as computers, parents can monitor kids’ away-from-home activities as well.
Download Qustodio now and begin monitoring your kids’ activity within minutes. Install Qustodio on any new devices that kids will be taking to school, along with any devices not already covered at home. Also, be sure to follow Qustodio on Twitter and Facebook to stay informed on the latest news on staying internet smart.
Great news, Parents! Today we launched a brand new free app in Apple’s App Store for protecting kids’ iOS devices. The app is called Qustodio Parental Control for iPhone and iPad, and it finally brings many of Qustodio’s great supervision features to iOS including web filtering, app monitoring and internet time limits.
What’s so different about new Qustodio? Until now, most protection for iOS has been focused on web browsing only. But these days kids don’t spend anywhere near as much time browsing as they do using apps. So we had to build a new technology to help parents monitor kids’ use of apps and help block the bad ones. With new Qustodio for iOS parents have this control, and they also get control over the entire internet connection of the device.
What specifically does new Qustodio Parental Control for iPad, iPhone and iPod allow you to do as a parent? Well, three very important things:
Safe Browsing in Safari: As a parent you no longer need to install a special browser on your child’s device in order to monitor and protect web browsing. New Qustodio can monitor and block inappropriate content and report on search activity in Safari.
Internet Lockdown / Internet Time Limits: Now you can control the entire internet connection of your child’s iOS device. Time for bed? Set a time schedule in the Family Portal to turn the internet connection completely off. Want to limit access to 2 hours a day: Log in to the Family Portal and set a time quota.
- App Monitoring or Blocking: Want to block apps or set time limits for the Facebook app, Messenger, Whatsapp, Instagram or Kik? New Qustodio supports a growing number of hyperconnected apps that you can monitor or block on iOS.
Setup is simple. On your kid’s iPhone, iPad or iPod (you must be running iOS 7 and up), open the link https://www.qustodio.com/iOS from a web browser and we’ll guide you to the App Store. After downloading the free app, setup takes less than 3 minutes. When you set up the app you’ll also install an Apple profile on the device in order to be able to monitor internet traffic using Qustodio. This is completely normal. We’ll send you easy uninstall instructions by email when you install so you can also uninstall whenever you’d like.
As a Parent, you can view your child’s iOS device activity by logging into the Qustodio Family Portal from any web browser. You can also set up any rules for the device there.
Free vs. Premium what’s the difference?
Any Qustodio Family account allows you to monitor up to 1 device completely free (that means you can monitor iOS, Android, Kindle, Windows or Mac). For up to 5 devices or more, we offer Qustodio Premium. Qustodio Premium also offers more features on iOS devices, like app blocking. It also offers more features on our other supported platforms.
How do I download the new Qustodio for iOS app?
Just visit: https://www.qustodio.com/iOS from your child’s device to download the new app.
Already a Premium customer and need to upgrade to a bigger account? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you get upgraded.
We hope you enjoy it!
P.S. If you’re currently using our Qustodio Safe Browser, here’s some advice: If you’ve been using the Qustodio Safe Browser until now and you’re happy with it, great! You can continue to use it as long as you want. However, if you want to try new Qustodio – go for it! Before installing new Qustodio, simply visit Family Portal > Settings and remove the device from your account and then delete the app from your child’s phone.