***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation has been provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
In a technological age, parents are faced with a lot of worries when it comes to their kids' activities online. Some of the more common concerns include:
- How can parents monitor what kids search for online?
- How many hours per day should kids have internet access?
- How young is too young for social media?
- How can parents control what their kids view online?
When it comes to internet access, I am pretty strict about what I will allow my kids to be exposed to. This is true even when it comes to my 16 year old. Just because something is online doesn't mean it's suitable for kids to view. With all of the adult content, spam advertisements, online predators, and otherwise unsavory things online, I feel it's better to be safe than sorry.
KoalaSafe creates a new wireless network in the home that's safe for kids. It has time limits, app and site blocking, and parental insights (usage analytics) - across all devices in the home.
It's simple to install, and can be set up to your specifications using the KoalaSafe App. This convenient app can be used from any of your mobile devices, giving parents peace of mind.
- Time Limits
- Site and App Blocking
- Parental Insights
- YouTube SafeSearch
- Google SafeSearch
- Companion Apps
- Internet Stop Button
- Per Device Profiles
- Weekly Usage Report
- Allow or Disallow any site
First of all, KoalaSafe couldn't be any easier to install. It is literally the same as setting up any new router. Just plug it in, make simple configuration changes, and your kids can start using their very own dedicated network. Easy, peasy!
What I like the most is that I can restrict different sites from different devices. My teenager is (obviously) allowed to do more online than my 5 and 6 year olds, and with KoalaSafe, I can customize controls for multiple users and devices.
I love the fact that I can block ads, file-sharing, social media, shopping, and even e-mail access. You can also choose to block certain websites altogether. This comes in especially handy when a child loses privileges.
I also really like being able to turn off internet access at set times. This has been a constant struggle, especially with my teen. I can't tell you how many times I have caught him watching YouTube or playing around on Facebook when he should be sleeping. Of course, these settings can be customized to allow more access during the weekend.
Overall, I am definitely loving KoalaSafe. This handy little device allows me to take control of the internet, and I feel that my kids are enjoying a much safer internet experience. Add to that the fact that KoalaSafe is a one time purchase with absolutely no subscription fees, and you've definitely got a winning product!
I'm not going to lie. My kids hate, hate, HATE KoalaSafe, but that was to be expected. Kids don't typically like boundaries, especially when they're consistently enforced.
If you, like many parents, are looking for an easy, affordable way to limit your kids' internet access, I would definitely recommend checking out KoalaSafe. It's definitely been a great asset in my home!