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Parental Control Review 2017 – Kaspersky Safe Kids Premium

Date July 2017
Language English
Last Revision July 24th 2017

Parental Control Review 2017 for Windows


Release date 2017-08-15
Revision date 2017-07-24
Test Period July 2017
Number of Testcases 2000
Online with cloud connectivity checkbox-checked
Update allowed checkbox-checked
False Alarm Test included checkbox-checked
Platform/OS Microsoft Windows

Introduction

Amongst other things, parental control software allows parents to filter out websites that their children can see, in order to avoid the children being exposed to materials the parents consider unsuitable, such as pornography, gambling or weapons.

Parental Control Certification

AV-Comparatives provides certification for parental control software. In order to be certified, a product must block at least 98% of pornographic websites, have no more than a few false alarms on child-friendly websites, and have no severe unresolved bugs(or design flaws) discovered during the review. A certification is valid for one year and vendors can apply for certification once a year.

Tested Products

Test Procedure

We tested the effectiveness of the parental control software against 2,000 websites with potentially inappropriate content for children. We chose the appropriate settings for a 9-year-old girl, which would block sites relating to pornography, gambling and weapons.

Review

We have included a short review of the product in this report, so that parents have an idea of what the product is like to use and what other features it has. Please note that certification is not affected by any of the points mentioned in the review, and is based solely on the technical test results described above.

Testcases

The 2000 URLs were broken down as follows:

  • Pornography: 1,600 sites displaying pornographic images and text
  • Gambling: 200 sites which allow online betting
  • Weapons: 200 sites selling or advertising weapons online

We additionally tested 100 obviously child-friendly websites, such as lego.com, to check for false positives.

Test Results

  Block Rate
Adult 98.1%
Gambling 98%
Weapons  97%
False-Positives  0

 

Product Reviews

Kaspersky Safe Kids Premium    for Windows

Kaspersky Safe Kids Premium for Windows
Kaspersky Safe Kids Premium for Windows – GUI

About the product

Kaspersky Safe Kids is a parental control product for Windows PCs, Mac, Android and iOS devices. There is a single web interface for all platforms, so you can manage PCs, tablets and mobile phones in the same place. The Windows version applies restrictions on the basis of Windows user accounts; this means that if you and your children log on to a family computer with different names, you can apply restrictions to them but not yourself.

Version tested

1.0.2.349 (a)   

Which versions of Windows does it work with?

Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10           

What parental control features does it have?

Safe Kids Premium includes child’s device location monitoring, call and text-message monitoring, Internet monitoring and blocking of inappropriate material, time limits, application control, and social network monitoring. 

What categories of material does it block?

The categories that can be filtered, and their default settings, are shown below:

Kaspersky Safe Kids Premium for Windows
Kaspersky Safe Kids Premium for Windows – Category Filter

Installing and configuring the product

Installing the product on a Windows PC involves downloading and running the installer file and clicking Install. The configuration wizard then asks you whether the PC is used by parents, children or both; in the latter case, it will remind you that children need to log on with their own user names (user accounts) before using the computer:

Kaspersky Safe Kids Premium for Windows
Kaspersky Safe Kids Premium for Windows

Blacklisting/whitelisting individual sites

The Exclusions section of the Internet settings page lets parents specify individual sites in a blocked category to be allowed, or vice versa:

Kaspersky Safe Kids Premium for Windows
Kaspersky Safe Kids Premium for Windows – Black-, Whitelist

Time limits

You can monitor the time your child spends using the computer, or set time limits to restrict access. Time limits can be a total number of hours per day, whereby each day of the week can be configured individually, or a precise access schedule can be set, as shown below:

Kaspersky Safe Kids Premium for Windows
Kaspersky Safe Kids Premium for Windows – Time Limits

What does the child see when a page is blocked?

Kaspersky Safe Kids Premium for Windows
Kaspersky Safe Kids Premium for Windows – Blocked Webpage

Help

Clicking the ? symbol in the program window opens the program’s online help pages:

Kaspersky Safe Kids Premium for Windows
Kaspersky Safe Kids Premium for Windows – Help

Verdict

Kaspersky Safe Kids for Windows is a very comprehensive package with a wide range of features. We found the web interface to be very clearly laid out and easy to use, whilst providing a very good range of functions.

Award levels reached in this Parental Control Review

Kaspersky Safe Kids Premium for Windows reached the above requirements and therefore receives the 2017 AV-Comparatives Approved Parental Control Award.

Copyright and Disclaimer

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