Kidslox Parental Control Review – Parental Controls for 2018



The new year is coming, but it feels like our kids have gotten there early. Between gaming apps, social media messaging and internet mastery, they’re very much natives of the digital future. Keeping up with them is hard enough, let alone staying one step ahead to make sure their screen time habits don’t become problematic.

That’s why it seems like a good time to take another look at parental control apps. Especially given the likelihood that they’ll be getting more games and devices over Christmas. Specifically, today I’m going to review Kidslox parental controls, an app that lets you place boundaries on iOS and Android devices and lock them down remotely.

Kidslox parental control review

Setting up an account and downloading the app onto multiple devices was simple enough. When you add devices to the account, it asks for quite a few permissions, including an ominous looking “Trust” button on the iPhone, but it’s pretty much what you expect for an app that’s going to let you take remote control of your kids’ device.

Compared to other parental control apps, Kidslox interface was really easy to understand. There are quite a few options to look through and get to grips with, but it didn’t take long to understand how to use it and how to apply it to my own family.

Three different modes

Kidslox parental control review – parental controls for 2018

The new year is coming, but it feels like our kids have gotten there early. Between gaming apps, social media messaging and internet mastery, they’re very much natives of the digital future. Keeping up with them is hard enough, let alone staying one step ahead to make sure their screen time habits don’t become problematic.

That’s why it seems like a good time to take another look at parental control apps. Especially given the likelihood that they’ll be getting more games and devices over Christmas. Specifically, today I’m going to review Kidslox parental controls, an app that lets you place boundaries on iOS and Android devices and lock them down remotely.

Kidslox parental control review

Setting up an account and downloading the app onto multiple devices was simple enough. When you add devices to the account, it asks for quite a few permissions, including an ominous looking “Trust” button on the iPhone, but it’s pretty much what you expect for an app that’s going to let you take remote control of your kids’ device.

Compared to other parental control apps, Kidslox interface was really easy to understand. There are quite a few options to look through and get to grips with, but it didn’t take long to understand how to use it and how to apply it to my own family.

Three different modes

The main mechanism behind Kidslox is what they call the “three-way-toggle”. For every device you control, you can set it to lockdown mode where all apps are blocked, to child mode where you manually set up the restrictions or to parent mode where everything is available (if your kids have their own phones, you won’t need this mode much). You can switch modes whenever you want, which is amazing. I call upstairs once that dinner’s ready – no-one comes. I switch their phones to lockdown mode and I don’t need to call again, they’re on their way 🙂 strange that…

You can also set the modes to change at set times (bedtime now means no late night message checking), or to change for example after an hour of phone usage.

Customisable Child mode

The best thing though is how you can customise what your child can access when their phone’s in “Child mode”. You can block or allow individual apps, filter their browsers from seeing porn and other bad pages, filter specific pages you want them not to go on, block the internet completely, block in-app purchases and so on, there’s a lot of options! That said, for young kids, their default settings are a good place to start. For older kids you’d probably want to allow a bit more.

Highly recommended

My Kidslox parental control review period has been a great experience. It’s an easy system to understand and use and effective at making sure phones and tablets are switched off when they should be. There are a number of features I’ve still not fully explored, (e.g. I don’t use fingerprint ID), but frankly my needs are met with what I’ve already tried. One other thing that especially endeared me to them. Once a week they send a little report with a summary of apps that have been recently downloaded on my kids device. Handy to know.

If you’re looking for reliable parental controls that will allow you to place boundaries on your children’s phone or tablet usage, Kidslox is exactly what you’re after. Find their iTunes store page here and their Google Play Market page here.

The main mechanism behind Kidslox is what they call the “three-way-toggle”. For every device you control, you can set it to lockdown mode where all apps are blocked, to child mode where you manually set up the restrictions or to parent mode where everything is available (if your kids have their own phones, you won’t need this mode much). You can switch modes whenever you want, which is amazing. I call upstairs once that dinner’s ready – no-one comes. I switch their phones to lockdown mode and I don’t need to call again, they’re on their way 🙂 strange that…

You can also set the modes to change at set times (bedtime now means no late night message checking), or to change for example after an hour of phone usage.

Customizable Child mode

The best thing though is how you can customize what your child can access when their phone’s in “Child mode”. You can block or allow individual apps, filter their browsers from seeing porn and other bad pages, filter specific pages you want them not to go on, block the internet completely, block in-app purchases and so on, there’s a lot of options! That said, for young kids, their default settings are a good place to start. For older kids you’d probably want to allow a bit more.

Highly recommended

My Kidslox parental control review period has been a great experience. It’s an easy system to understand and use and effective at making sure phones and tablets are switched off when they should be. There are a number of features I’ve still not fully explored, (e.g. I don’t use fingerprint ID), but frankly my needs are met with what I’ve already tried. One other thing that especially endeared me to them. Once a week they send a little report with a summary of apps that have been recently downloaded on my kids device. Handy to know.

If you’re looking for reliable parental controls that will allow you to place boundaries on your children’s phone or tablet usage, Kidslox is exactly what you’re after. Find their iTunes store page here and their Google Play Market page here.

Tom Parillo

Tom Parillo

I am interested in all things technology, especially automation, robotics and tech that helps change how society will live in the future.
2017-12-01T15:56:27+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Categories: Mobile Posts|Tags: , , |