From what i've read thusfar, there are no concrete methods of locking down android devices with parental controls.
Your best bet software-wise would be to filter the mac addresses of their devices with some specialist firewall software to control the content they have access to. To connect to the internet they would then need to connect through your controlled access point. I don't have any specific software in mind, but i have read that this is possible and commercially available. However, this is obviously only going to work at home (if there are no other open wireless connections available from neighbours) and its effectiveness is heavily dependant on the ingenuity of your children and their desire to circumvent your rules.
The cheapest and most effective solution would be simply educating them in responsible internet usage and just trusting them. Any forced measures of control are easily bypassed anyway and children who have grown with computer technology have the advantage in both their quick learning ability and the free time which they can devote to breaking any measures you might try to enforce.
My follks always let me roam free on the internet since i was about 8 or 9 (when AOL was doing well and a dial up home internet connection was a new thing) and at 13 I had my own computer in my room connected to the net. Im 26 now and though not much of a whizz kid with computers, i always managed to get past restrictive measures in place at school or on AOL pretty easily - not because i was craving immoral content but because the censorship efforts would always block things that really shouldn't have been blocked in the first place and because that was frustrating.
For a current example, just by using the opera mini browser (which is available free on android, symbian, apple's ios, blackberry and any device that alllows java apps for that manner) anyone can get an encrypted connection which will bypass any measures you or even your ISP may put in place. This is because it uses a encrypted tunnel to a proxy which effectively cuts out the middle man (you or the isp).
The lack of control from my parents did not mean that i automatically met up with random people that chatted to me on the internet (despite having been accosted many times by internet stangers) nor did i download a host of illegal content (though you can effectively lock peer to peer downloads on your router settings without specialist software if that's your main concern). If anything the freedom allowed me to develop a greater sense of responsibility.
I'll finish just by saying that i would be very surprised if any similar devices had effective parental controls (especially those with 3rd party apps ecosystems). If you can't accept your children using open devices then perhaps the microsoft zune or cowon media players might offer a more restricted experience but i'm only guessing.
Agree. As parents, we need to supervise our little kids any time to protect them. However the truth is it is impossible for us to stay with them all the time, so we need parental control tools to help us.
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