Net Nanny Review

by christ47 on October 26, 2015

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Our world today is becoming more techie by the minute, and it is also true that the younger generations are catching up. This is another concern that parents have on top of the usual issues in rearing a child. It is common to see little kids as young as two so adept at using their tablets. And with so much content on the internet that can prove to be detrimental to a child’s well-being and safety, it is up to the parents to impose proper monitoring and restrictions in these devices. This is the service that Net Nanny provides, but let’s see if it is a reliable tool.

A parent’s dilemma

Parents can’t have their eyes glued to their children every minute. It is impossible to keep track of their every movement, and with the internet integrated into every household, a parent’s responsibility widens further.

It is inarguable that kids today are widely exposed to internet activities. They pretty much know how to use Google, YouTube, Facebook, and a host of many other sites; sometimes even way beyond your capacities. What is most concerning about this is the fact that aside from the breadth of helpful and entertaining information that the web provides, it also has a drawback.

Check how these kids fall into dangerous situations when their online activities are left unguarded.

Based on a 2005 research by Ybarra et. al., there is an estimated 90% of youth between 12-18 years of age who have access to the internet. According to them, this raises a concern because increased accessibility may also spike the incidence of these kids being exposed to pornography which could seriously affect their sexual development.

The proliferation of other adult content can also have a negative impact on a child’s behavior. But on top of the quality of content they may be exposed to, the length of time that children spend online can also have certain repercussions in the long term. These are issues that parents have to be very watchful of in this age of computers.

Net Nanny

Net Nanny is a software that allows you to maintain parental control over your devices to protect your family from pornography, cyber bullying, online predators and many other harmful elements lurking the web. This tool monitors and documents your child’s activities while blocking unsafe materials while they are online.

They highlight four main features which include, dynamic content filtering, parental controls, E-mail alerts, and social media monitoring. What is also remarkable about this software is its cyberbullying capability. With all these features, it gives children the strongest line of defense against all the harmful and inappropriate content.

Age-based profiles

This age-based profile feature allows you to assign default levels of protection according to the age of your kids. Net Nanny makes it easy for you to establish web content filters without having to do a lot of tinkering with the settings. This ease is typical for Net Nanny which makes it user-friendly.

Recording Feature

Net Nanny is designed to create boundaries with your child’s online activities. This software records your child’s online activity so that you can review it later. It keeps tabs on all the online searches made and the websites visited. It even does periodic screenshots, monitor social network activity and chat. This means that you can closely supervise if your kids are even attempting to access sites they shouldn’t be checking, or communicating with people they shouldn’t be connecting with.

The recording capabilities may be good, however, it could be better. For instance, the ability to monitor social networking accounts and chat can only be available with the Net Nanny Social. It doesn’t come with the standard filtering software. It is also unable to record keystrokes for instances where you might need to access your child’s e-mail.

Blocking Feature

net nannyThe blocking feature is also a breeze to use. It provides you with a list of all the applications on your child’s phone or tablet. With just a click on a link, you can either allow or block it. You can also unblock a certain application by simply entering your ID, and this gives your child 30 minutes of access. Talk about drawing limits! Remember, Net Nanny is not capable of restricting the time the kids spend on a particular application, but you can set a time limit for the device.

If you have children from different age groups at home, and you share a single computer, you can set individual password protected profiles. You can set each of these profiles with the appropriate permissions for their maturity level. This definitely speaks much about how the software enables you to personalize settings.

Detection

The smart detection capability of the software is also commendable, however, this feature is best appreciated with Net Nanny Social. It has a language detection tool which monitors the messages that are posted on your kid’s social network profiles. It also promptly detects phrases and keywords which could signal cyberbullying or the presence of sexual predators. This sends you a notification through e-mail, which allows you to be in control whenever potential danger is present.

Notifications and Reports

The software’s notification feature is excellent, and this is a definite plus because this keeps you abreast of what is currently happening with your child’s online activity. The notification is also quick to respond when you set the filter to “warn” instead of “block”. This allows the children to access the content only a Net Nanny pop-up reminds them of the warning. This is a good way to discipline and reinforce to your kids to be mindful of the site they visit.

Since you will be the account administrator, you have several options available in reviewing data. Since this console is cloud-based, you can access records anytime at any location. You can also specify in the settings to send you summary reports at certain intervals. If you go for Net Nanny Social, you can set it to send you text messages at real time whenever there are certain situations, or activities, that demand immediate attention.

Compatibility

Net Nanny is functional across different operating systems for both desktop and mobile versions. However, the recent 7.0 update excludes the users runs on Windows XP and  Windows 8.

Help and Support

They have several lines of communication should you need any customer support, compared to other similar products. They offer phone support, live chat and e-mail support options. However, there are complaints claiming that chat support is often offline. Meanwhile, if you want to get them on the phone, it is best to catch them during business hours on weekdays.

You can also peruse the website’s FAQs page or articles which gives you an in-depth explanation regarding the program’s usability.

Price

Net Nanny costs $31.99 per year for Mac and Windows, however, this only covers one PC. The main website cut that price back from $39.99. For Android phones, you can install this application for $10.39 for a one-year license. You can also monitor social networks for $15.99. This software is cloud-based, and it gives you a full year family license.

If you want better value, you can avail the Family Protection Pass which protects all computers, smartphones, and tablets at home. This subscription installs the Net Nanny 7 for Windows, Net Nanny 3 for Mac and Net Nanny for Android. It allows you to manage all these from one Admin consoles and this also gives you a subscription for Net Nanny Social. On the website, you can choose different options which include the following:

  • Protection for up to 5 PCs/devices – from $79.96 to $59.99
  • Protection for up to 10 PCs/devices – from $179.91 to $89.99
  • Protection for up to 15 PCs/devices – from $279.86 to $119.99

These are excellent offers that are best suited for a family who uses multiple gadgets. However, there is a fine print on the website which said that the Family Protection Pass is not available for Windows XP and iOs. So that means you have to avail the other existing offers for such devices.

Advantages

  • It protects the kids from profanity by masking offensive language (i.e. in YouTube comments) through the Profanity settings, instead of blocking all content.
  • It runs on a sophisticated blocking and filtering system.
  • It has an intuitive user interface that makes it easy for you to block apps and advertisements and set time filters.
  • It is compatible with different operating systems.
  • It is user-friendly, and should any confusion still arise the website does not fall short on information and instructions.
  • It gives you immediate reports for situations that call for your attention.
  • It protects your kids from cyberbullying and sexual predators which are serious problems with insidious beginnings through online activities.

Drawbacks

  • The software is unable to capture keyboard strokes and even desktop images
  • Recently social media monitoring is no longer supported. The customer has to purchase the Net Nanny Social to be able to use this feature.
  • This does not have geofencing that disables the device or sends an alert to the parent whenever the child uses the device beyond a designated area.
  • You cannot lock the device remotely.
  • The software does not monitor texts.
  • The 7.0 version is not compatible for Windows XP and Windows 8.

Final Verdict

The product definitely showed an extensive coverage when it comes to monitoring and protecting your child’s online presence. There is so much that a parent needs to worry about, and this software gives the control back to you. Remember, you can never be too careful since the internet is riddled with a lot of harmful content and shady individuals.

The quick response and intuitive filtering is also commendable, on top of the detailed reports. Net Nanny is definitely worth the money, given the extent of protection your kids are getting. Aside from protecting them, it also helps you set limits with their online usage. Overall, I would definitely recommend this software to every parent who needs the “extra eyes” in this digital age.

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The Transforming Power of a Hug

by christ47 on October 9, 2015

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Sometimes a hug is all you need to make you feel better

A hug is defined as an international form of physical intimacy where two people hold each other tightly in each other’s arms, typically to express affection. A hug is a beautiful thing to share, and to show another person how much you care. But did you know that there is way more that you can get out of a simple embrace?

Aside from being a friendly greeting, or a display of intimacy, hugs also bring with it a host of benefits to our health. Aside from the warm feelings, hugs are also capable of creating hormonal changes in the body that brings on the “feel good” hormones. Those warm and fuzzy feelings is not some figment of imagination, but these are actual physical reactions that are actually good for you. So don’t you ever hesitate to give that special someone a hug, for all you know, it could just be the antidote to a very bad day!

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