SIP Bench III Comparison and ranking of parental control tools
This study should help parents in choosing the right tool via a searchable database to support you in your digital parenting. You can also find tips and advice on the website on how to use the tools effectively and ethically.
Results of SIP Bench III reveal that parental control tools are slightly improving but filtering user-generated content remains a challenge. While most of the tools tested enable parents to block access to harmful websites, they are less efficient at filtering web 2.0 content (such as social networking sites or blogs). User-generated content (mainly Facebook and YouTube) represents a real challenge both for parents and software producers as traditional filtering techniques fail to achieve good results. In the meantime, increasing number of children and teenagers use social media in their everyday lives.
The most common issue regarding security is by passing the filters via Google Translate and Google Cache. Security is also a weak point of mobile devices. Although there are more parental control tools for the mobile devices, they still fail to filter properly and are very easy to by-pass. All tested tools achieve better results when filtering English language content.
Besides checking for the features and score of a tool, as a parent, we encourage you to read the recommendations on how to integrate the use of parental control tools in your parenting.