Parental Control Review 2018 – Kaspersky Safe Kids Premium
Parental Control Review 2018 for Windows
|Test Period||June 2018|
|Number of Testcases||2000|
|Online with cloud connectivity|
|False Alarm Test included|
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kaspersky Safe Kids Premium for Windows
About the product
Kaspersky Safe Kids is a parental control service for Windows PCs, Mac, Android and iOS devices. There is a single web interface for all platforms, so you can manage Windows PCs, Mac computers, 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.
Which versions of Windows does it work with?
Windows 7, 8.1, 10
What parental control features does it have?
Kaspersky Safe Kids Premium version includes child’s mobile device location monitoring, Android 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 (default settings are determined based on the child’s age):
Installing and configuring the product
Installing the service on a Windows PC involves downloading and running the installer file and clicking Install. The setup wizard notes that parents and children should use different Windows accounts. The configuration wizard that runs after installation asks who is going to use the current Windows account, and sets it up appropriately. If you don’t have an account for your child already, you can create one directly from the Kaspersky Safe Kids wizard. There is also advice on talking to children about the software and what it does:
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:
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:
What does the child see when a page is blocked?
Clicking the ? symbol in the program window opens the program’s online help pages:
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 Version for Windows reached the above requirements and therefore receives the 2018 AV-Comparatives Approved Parental Control Award.
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