Norton Safety Minder Lets Parents Control their Child’s Mobile Activities

by: Christine TorralbaFebruary 12, 2012

It may be because of its recent malware scare but Symantec is making up for its wrong diagnosis of the Android.Counterclank issue. By releasing the app called Norton Safety Minder, Symantec hopes to do just that.

The Norton Safety Minder is a free Android parental control app that allows parents to track and block websites which their children access on their Android device. After downloading the app, parents can easily sign up for a Norton Online Family account to help enforce this. The app works by attaching itself on the default browser of the mobile device. It then blocks websites based on the age category or even a customized list. Moreover, children are unable to use another browser.

Norton Safety Minder also lets parents see the entire search history as well as the websites that their children have attempted to visit. While it is being compared to the McAfee Family Protection app, this is a feature solely offered by Norton.

Other features are available for Norton Online Family Premier holders with subscriptions of either $29.99 or $49.99. These features include seeing whom their kids text or MMS (yes, including the content of the message); and also the ability to have a blacklist and white list of people that their kids can contact.

As of this writing, Norton Safety Minder is only compatible with devices running on Android 2.2 and 2.3.

As parents, it is a good idea to have control over your child’s online visits. But seeing his texts? I think that’s a bit too far for privacy, don’t you?

  • Anonymous

    Hi Christine, just wanted to comment that the amount of information sent to you as a parent is configurable via the online family website and the parent android app. Usually, you have tighter controls when your children are younger and you relax your rules when they mature, in the same way that you would let them stay up later, go out on their own, etc.

    Full disclosure: I am a Symantec employee