Setting up parental controls on Android
You may have decided that it’s time for your child to have a mobile device such as an Android phone or tablet. Restrictions should be set in place, so that your child can’t access any harmful or high risk sites.
In this guide, we’ll go through settings up internet filtering on your child’s Android mobile device.
The Safe Surfer Android app
This app has useful features, such as:
- Configurable blocked sites
- Control over which apps the app influences
- Ability to prevent uninstallation — only you can remove/stop the app
Let’s start by getting the app installed on the device.
Click here to go to Google Play, otherwise:
- Launch the Google Play store on the device
- Search for Safe Surfer in the search bar
- Press the install button on the App’s page
Now that the app’s installed, let’s launch it.
To enable general protection, press the ‘Get Protected’ button.
You’ll be prompted to enter a pincode for the app, this prevents your child from easily disabling the protection.
Go to the sidebar via the Hamburger button (3 horizontal lines) in the top left hand corner of the app.
- Press onto the settings menu in the navigation
- Once on the settings page, you’ll see square checkbox in the ‘Prevent Uninstall’ box. Press the checkbox to enable.
The app will now require your pincode which you entered when you set up the app to uninstall the app.
Restrict sites of concern
Returning to the sidebar, you can configure sites to block.
Returning once more to the sidebar, choosing ‘Apps’, you can choose whitelist apps which the Android app won’t affect.
- We recommend installation of an app such as Google Family Link to prevent protection overriding via VPNs, checkout: [Google Family Link tutorial]
- The ‘Prevent Uninstall’ feature may be incompatible on some devices, in the case that it doesn’t work on your target device, consider KidsPlace for this feature.