Online Protection for Children Using a Developed Parental Monitoring Tool

Martin Stoev*, Dipti Kapoor Sarmah

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Nowadays, children are more comfortable using online tools for their education. This is also enhanced during the COVID-19 period when one must do online activities such as calls, studies, and meetings. Children who use the Internet regularly, especially in the age group between 6 and 14, may experience Internet risk. While on the Internet, children can fall victim to hateful, age-inappropriate content, cyberbullying, phishing, etc. There are also risks of privacy violations by the websites which can be done through cookies or user account browsing features. Further, excessive use of the Internet may negatively impact a developing child’s physique, cause sleeping problems, and potentially lead to addiction. To protect their children, some parents use Android applications such as Google Family Link (Free), Kids Place Parental Control (free and paid), Norton Family (paid), Qustodio (paid), and FamiSafe (paid). These applications allow the parents to restrict and monitor the child’s behavior. However, many features are not implemented in free applications such as monitoring calls, messages, social media, etc. This research aims to analyze the Google Play Store reviews (positive and negative) of popular and mentioned Android applications and their various features. Based on the research, a free alternative in the form of an application was developed. It has two components—an Android application for the child’s device and a web interface for the parent. This tool allows parents to monitor calls, contacts, and SMS.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICICT 2023: Proceedings of Eighth International Congress on Information and Communication Technology
EditorsXin-She Yang, R. Simon Sherratt, Nilanjan Dey, Amit Joshi
PublisherSpringer
Pages205-215
Number of pages11
Edition8th
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-99-3243-6
ISBN (Print)978-981-99-3242-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2023
Event23rd International Conference on Information, Communication Technologies in Education, ICICTE 2023 - Lesvos, Greece
Duration: 6 Jul 20238 Jul 2023
Conference number: 23

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
Volume693

Conference

Conference23rd International Conference on Information, Communication Technologies in Education, ICICTE 2023
Abbreviated titleICICTE 2023
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityLesvos
Period6/07/238/07/23

Keywords

  • Parental monitoring applications (free and paid)
  • Children online protection
  • 2023 OA procedure

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