After a few sleepless nights when I noted that all my children do; sit on their phones and tablets, and pay no heed to what I say. Then, I decided to take things into my own hands and started a hunt for a reliable parental control software that could help me ensure my kids were not texting strangers or doing inappropriate online.
The answer came to me in the form of Phonesherriff!
So, What is PhoneSherriff?
PhoneSheriff is the latest advancement in mobile parental controls. This software enables parents to restrict, filter and monitor everything kids do with their phone or tablet. It also allows instant unlimited GPS locates at zero charges. So after the initial installation charges, you’re free to use all of its features without any added costs.
It helps you take control of your child’s online activity remotely in a web-based control panel.
If you’re getting paranoid about your kids incessantly being hooked onto their phones, Android, iPhones and tablets, this app is a lifesaver.
You don’t have to worry wondering if your kids are at some crazy party or somewhere there aren’t supposed to be, as this app will tell you everything you need to know!
You can now have complete knowledge about who your children are interacting with and what they are doing online, so can put a stop to anything that isn’t fine by your rules.
What more could you ask for in a parental control?
Time Control, App blocking, Web blocking features are working fine in it.
What features does it offer?
Apps, Websites, and Contacts Filtering
These three features summated into one basically enabled me to have complete control over my children’s internet use.
With app filtering, I could restrict apps like KIK for example which I found usually are abused more for inappropriate content.
With contact filtering, I blocked off all the users sending inappropriate content, not surprisingly, most were strangers. Now I can be at peace that no one is harassing my children online by sending the explicit content. Website filtering enabled me to Website filtering enabled me to block off sites with mature content with a simple click of add to filtered sites.
Website blocking enabled me to block off sites with mature content with a simple click of add to filtered sites.
Are your kids staying up all night or not doing the homework on time? Not an issue, when you have PhoneSherriff! Now like me, you can lock the entire cell phone or just calls during certain time periods of each day.
Now you can be sure that your child isn’t sneaking off behind your back! The app alerts you when the monitored cell phone travels beyond a perimeter that you set.
Hating the language your child is conversing in lately? Look no further and block rude words or abusive content that go through your child’s cell phone, monitor it like I did using the Phonesherriif.
The best part is, if your kid tries to access any of the sites, apps or contacts you’ve restricted, you get to know about it with the intrusion alert feature!
This feature allows you to lock or unlock the cell and also alerts you with a siren sound. Not only that, it can be used to wipe information if misplaced or stolen.
Real Time GPS Tracking
Now follow your child’s location anywhere and any time by getting instant GPS locations! They can never shunt you with Phone sheriff at your support!
View logs of all websites visited in the internet browser of the device to keep an eye on your children!
Text Messages Including MMS
Enables you to monitor and see all SMS logs (sent and received) by the smartphone.
Outgoing and incoming call information is logged with number and time so you know who your child is in touch with and when!
Logs all photos that are taken on the monitored device, so your child can not get away with taking inappropriate ones!
View messages that include the full text and contact information of the people your child interacts with.
How Does It Work?
All you need are four easy steps to make it work:
1. Purchase the app
2. Download and install the app
3. Make your custom settings
4. Login and start monitoring!
Sounds great… But how much does it cost?
All this comes at a pretty great steal of $49 for 6 months or an even greater deal of $89 per year! Not only is this app live changing, it’s also cost effective!
Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad or Android tablets. It’s compatible up to Android OS 5.1.
Pros and Cons?
All in one, I found Phonesherriff to be a great app with some incredible features such as it letting you view the logged data and allows you to block certain contacts and numbers from connecting with the target device as well specific web pages and apps. This company offers its customers a lot of user guides and multiple support options.
This app also does NOT require root or jailbreak to run on your child’s phones and tablets.
It comes with few cons hence, I’ll outline them for a fair view. Although GPS feature works seamlessly, this feature won’t work if the GPS is disabled on the target device and lastly, this application tracks chat conversations made within ONLY three instant messaging services (WhatsApp, iMessage and BlackBerry Messenger), while its close competitors can track over 8 messengers.
Another con I saw, was the lack of live chat support. But they guys seem pretty responsive on email support.
One thing I did not like was that my child knew his phone was monitored on default settings, however, there is an option of Show Icon and Notification in the setting which can be turned off.
Few questions in your mind about PhoneSheriff!
Can Phonesheriff Monitor SnapChat?
Currently, Phonesheriff does not monitor Snapchat, but there is another app mSpy that tracks SnapChat activities.
Can PhoneSheriff be Detected?
The software runs in the background of the device. The “Show Icon and Notification” feature are turned ON by default. As a parent of a minor child of whom you have guardianship, it is your choice of whether or not to disable this feature. However, we recommend keeping the “Show Icon and Notification feature turned on.
Does it require rooting?
For basic features, it does not require, but for advanced features like IM chat it requires android rooting.
For more details, you can visit PhoneSheriff website here
All in one, I would say that Phonesherriff is a good buy, and one of the few parental control apps that do not require rooting or jailbreaking. However, It requires you to manually install the app onto the monitored device. Hence, you need physical access to the phone. Also do not forget that your logs will be deleted every 30 days, and you need to save all the information.
Happy parenting with Phonesherriff to look put for your kids!