Software:Qustodio

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Qustodio
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Developer(s)Qustodio Technologies SL
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire OS, Chrome OS (on Chromebooks)
Available inEnglish, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Chinese and Japanese
TypeContent Control / Parental Control
LicenseProprietary EULA
WebsiteQustodio Homepage

Qustodio is a parental control application[1] built by Qustodio Technologies[2] for families who want to protect their children’s online activity remotely on digital devices[3], including Chromebooks[4] desktops[5], laptops[6], smartphones[7] and tablets[8]. The Qustodio app works on Android, Apple iOS, Chrome OS (on Chromebooks), Amazon Fire OS (Kindle)[9], Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows[10], and is available in 8 languages[11]: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Chinese and Japanese.


Features

Current Qustodio parental control features allow complete remote parenting of child devices across multiple devices[12] and operating systems[13] through an online parent dashboard. Qustodio features include:

  • Game and app blocking[14]
  • Time limits, quotas and downtimes[15]
  • Website and content category filtering[16]
  • Safe search[17]
  • Activity reporting: real-time, daily, weekly and monthly summaries[18]
  • Activity alerts and panic button[19]
  • Geolocation (Family Locator)[20] and geofencing (Your Places)[21]
  • SMS & Call monitoring[22]
  • YouTube monitoring[23]
  • Facebook monitoring[24]


History

In 2012, Qustodio Technologies launched the first version of the Qustodio parental control app for Windows PC[25]. In 2013, the company added support for iOS iPhone, and iPad. In 2014, the company also added support for Android and Mac and added new features including location monitoring, app controls, SMS and call monitoring, and incognito mode detection. In 2015, Qustodio Technologies launched a professional offering[26] of Qustodio software for schools and organizations. In 2019, Qustodio Technologies added two new features to the app: YouTube Monitoring and Family Locator (geolocation). In 2020, the company expanded the geolocation feature to include Your Places, a geofencing option. In 2021, Qustodio Technologies added Chromebooks[27] to the list of devices the Qustodio app is able to protect.


Reviews & Awards

  • “The best for excellent capabilities”, PCMag (2021 & 2020)[28]
  • “Best internet parental control system overall”, Business Insider (2020)[29]
  • “Best free parental control software”, TechRadar (2020)[30]
  • “Best parental control app for lots of devices”, Mashable (2020)[31]
  • “Dependable solution for mobile devices, laptops and desktop computers”, Newsweek (2020)[32]
  • “Better choice for Android households with children 13 and older”, The New York Times, Wirecutter (2019)[33]
  • “Best Entrepreneurial Projects - for supporting the responsible use of internet and screens in families”, Zen Adecco (2019)[34]
  • “Best B2C Digital Product”, Hackers Awards (2018)[35],
  • “One 10 of Europe's most helpful startups for parents”, EU Startups (2018)[36]
  • “Perfect for Peace of Mind”, TechRadar (2018)[37]


References

  1. Biersdorfer, J. D. "Tools to Keep Your Children in Line When They’re Online", The New York Times, New York, 2 March 2018. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  2. "Qustodio Technologies SL: Qustodio & Kidslox File a Complaint Against Apple with the European Commission over Abuse of Dominant", Bloomberg, 20 May 2019. Retrieved on 11 February 2021.
  3. Yang, James. "Feeling like the smartphone has taken over your child’s life, experts talk about how to regain control", The Washington Post, Washington D.C., 22 August 2019. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  4. Brangers, Gabriel. "Qustodio Brings Industry-leading Parental Control Software to Chromebooks", Chrome Unboxed, 11 February 2021. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  5. Riley, Sean. "Qustodio parental-control app review", Tom's Guide, 10 February 2021. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  6. Jean. "Qustodio Parental Control Software Review", Be Web Smart, 16 April 2014. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  7. Schofield, Jack. "How can I control my child’s social media use?", The Guardian, London, 8 February 2018. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  8. "What is Qustodio and how will it help you protect your child?", Pocket-lint, 25 February 2020. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  9. Riley, Sean. "Qustodio parental-control app review", Tom's Guide, 10 February 2021. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  10. Devine, Richard. "Best Parental Control Software for Windows in 2020", "Windows Central", 2020. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  11. "Qustodio Parental Control Apps Review", Consumer Advocate, Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  12. Babish, Sian. "Qustodio review: Can parental controls help as kids spend more time online than ever?", The Chicago Tribune, Chicago, 5 August 2020. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  13. Fitzpatrick, Jason. "Qustodio Review: Flexible Cross-Device Parental Control Software", Review Geek, 15 March 2019. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  14. Rubenking, Neil J. "Qustodio", PC Mag, 7 August 2020. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  15. Lee, Ellen. "The Best Apps for Managing Your Kid’s Phone", The New York Times, New York, 1 May 2019. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  16. McMahon, Jordan. "How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online", Wired, 12 May 2017. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  17. Riley, Sean. "Qustodio parental-control app review", Tom's Guide, 9 February 2021. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  18. Hill, Simon. "Qustodio is a parental control software that helps parents keep tabs on their kids' screen time, but it's too expensive and invasive to recommend when free alternatives exist", Business Insider, 6 August 2020. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  19. Stodart, Leah. "How to set device limits without confiscating your kid's phone", Mashable, 18 May 2020. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  20. "What is Qustodio and how will it help you protect your child?", Pocket-lint, 25 February 2020. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  21. Stobing, Chris. "Qustodio Parental Control Review", Comparitech, 11 December 2019. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  22. "Parenting in the digital age: Easy control of kids' screen time", The Straits Times, 11 February 2018. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  23. Stodart, Leah. "How to set device limits without confiscating your kid's phone", Mashable, 18 May 2020. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  24. Kelly, Meghan. "Software that lets parents see what their kids do on Facebook gets $1M", Venture Beat, 5 March 2013. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  25. "Qustodio Launches Major Release of Parental Control Software", Yahoo! Finance, 29 November 2012. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  26. Pickavance, Mark & Faulds, John. "Qustodio Professional for Business review", TechRadar, Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  27. Riley, Sean. "Qustodio parental-control app review", Tom's Guide, 10 February 2021. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  28. Moore, Ben & Rubenking, Neil J. "The Best Parental Control Software for 2021", PC Mag, 15 December 2020. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  29. "The best internet parental control systems", Business Insider, 18 December 2020. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  30. Ellis, Cat. [https://www.techradar.com/best/parental-control/ "The best free parental control software and apps 2021: protect your kids online", TechRadar, 18 November 2020. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  31. Stodart, Leah. "Best parental control apps for monitoring your kid's activity on Android devices", Mashable, 12 September 2020. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  32. Newsweek Amplify. [https://www.newsweek.com/amplify/ultimate-guide-parental-control-apps-2020/ "The Ultimate Guide to Parental Control Apps 2020 "], Newsweek, 12 June 2020. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  33. Lee, Ellen. "The Best Apps for Managing Your Kid’s Phone", The New York Times, New York, 1 May 2019. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  34. Castro Betancourt, Silvia. "Aon, Mahou San Miguel, and Bankinter are among the El Mundo Zen Adecco award winners", Online Marketplaces, 5 December 2019. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  35. "Qustodio named Best B2C Digital Product 2018", Qustodio, 1 February 2019. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  36. Trajkovska, Bojana. "Family Tech: 10 of Europe’s most helpful startups for parents", EU Startups, 9 August 2018. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.
  37. Wyciślik-Wilson, Mark Sofia. "Qustodio review Powerful parental control software that take care of your kids for you", TechRadar, 23 February 2018. Retrieved on 12 February 2021.






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