Chances are that if you have kids at your home, you will need some heavy parental controls controlling the content your kids are able to see online. There are various plugins for the most powerful browsers (FireFox and Chrome) that are designed to serve that purpose. Having parental control is like controlling what one can and can’t see online. Using such controls you can easily block or hide unwanted content on the internet which is always a safe thing to do. It is the 21st century and anyone can easily access absolutely anything on the internet, so stern controls at times help a lot. These plugins mentioned in the list below will help you achieve just that.
This post discusses 12 parental control plugins for Firefox and Chrome. Depending on what browser you use, you can install the following plugins with a lot of ease and they are for free. The plugins mentioned in the list below will provide you with full control over the content on the internet so you don’t every have to worry who is viewing what. Take a look at the following list and let us know if they work out for you in the comments below. As always, your comments are thoroughly appreciated.
This particular extension employs the use of MetaCert’s dynamic real-time, cloud-based content filteing system which automatically adds thousands of websites every hour. You can visit the official website to find out more details about these website. It blocks over 700 million obscene and explicit websites. Do let us know what you think. Just search for this extension on FireFox and you should be able to install it for free.
This is perhaps one of the more popular plugins for FireFox. It will block URLs of your choice and it even goes as far as disengaging links that go to the sites you have chosen to be blocked. You have the functionality of black and white lists which you can set to inform the plugin of the right and wrong websites. Truly some serious control over web content.
This plugin will offer high quality filtration at premium and free levels. It can block pornographic content very impressively. This plugin basis the keywords on Microsoft’s blocking filters so you can assume it to be pretty effective. You have the functionality of categories which is a huge plus. All you need to do is search for this particular extension and you should be able to install it.
As the name suggests, this plugin is for blocking porn sites and it does a great job at that. It offers cloud-based filtering of porn content by monitoring billion of websites. It blocks websites based on categories as well. You can select categories such as ‘adult material’ or ‘adult content’ and the plugin will take care of the rest.
Nanny for Chrome is discussed below and this plugin for FireFox is said to be the equivalent to that app. It will block any website you specify. All you need to do is go into settings and specify what website to block and your children will no longer have access to it. This plugin is very easy to use and hopefully it will help you out.
If you are looking for a plugin that can block a website in all its entirety, this particular extension is the way to go. You can just enter a list of keywords and if a child will try to visit a website (or anyone for that matter) and it contains the specified keyword, it will be inaccessible. The entire website will be blocked based on a small keyword. Beat that!
Parental Control App (“PC app”) is a free extension that enables safe browsing on the web. PC app makes sure your children practice safe browsing. This application is completely configurable and blocks millions of undesired websites. You can even choose which categories you want to monitor. You can also decide and configure whether you want to block a particular website or just get notified via an e-mail.
This extension was previously known as Chrome Nanny. This, as the name suggests, controls your children at a higher level. It controls the time your children can spend on the internet. These are called blocksets and you can set viewing time for particular websites. It will also keep track of the activities of anyone that uses the internet. Also, you can block websites to make sure nothing explicit is being viewed.
This is a very simple method of blocking online content. It would block websites based on keywords which is easier and broader compared to when you block a website by specifying URLs. That does not mean that it will not block particular URLs. It can do that as well.
This filter will block questionable material by filtering content in a cloud based environment which is based on pre-determined categories. If a website would contain anything that would pertain to those categories, the website will be blocked. You have access to black and white lists where you can add websites based on wrong and right respectively.
Another parental control application that will block websites based on the URLs you specify. These websites will be blocked for a specific time, say the time when your children are using the computer. It is quite a popular app for blocking URLs and that’s primarily because of how easy it is to use. The app itself looks absolutely stunning too.
Finally, for Chrome, we have Blocksi. It blocks websites based on the URLs that you specify. It has a time manager. You can block websites via categories and you can choose from 79 different one of those. These 79 categories are divided between six main groups which include unethical, security risk and adult. So there you go, loads of options for you to play around with.