As a follow-up to its just-released iOS edition of the Net Nanny “safe browser”, ContentWatch is readying another version — outfitted with cloud-enabled tools for monitoring children’s social networking activities on all devices — which will run on Windows 8 and possibly on Windows RT, TabletPCReview has learned.
Net Nanny is already available in Android, Windows 7, and Mac flavors, but features for protecting kids and teens from Web content vary according to the kinds of capabilities supported by various platforms, according to G.G. Benitez, a ContentWatch spokesperson.
Each of the current versions will do all of the following: filter Web content in a browser in realtime, mask vulgarity/profanity, and allow for user profiles such as child, pre-teen, teen, and “mature.”
All except Net Nanny for iOS also offer a Web admin portal, parental reports, and time controls over how much time can be spent on specific Web activities.
The Android edition, introduced in February, is alone in including an App Manager for blocking/allowing apps.
iOS Browser Works As Safari Replacement
Now available at an introductory price of $4.99 in Apple’s App store, the iOS version works as a replacement for the Safari browser on iPads, iPhones, and iPods.
In Net Nanny’s safety settings, iOS users can opt to either block or mask content such as “pornography, lingerie/swimsuits, abortion, and death/gore.”
The still-unannounced Net Nanny for Windows 8 is expected to enter a short beta program in April, Benitez revealed, in an email to Tablet PC Review.
Windows 8 Edition to Support Both Explorer and Modern UIs
Supporting both the Explorer and Modern/Metro user interfaces (UIs), the Windows 8 edition will offer a centralized console where parents can manage settings and protections for family members on both PCs and mobile devices from a single location.
“The reports and administation are completely cloud-managed to give parents visibility and control anywhere and any time,” according to Benitez.
The Win8 edition will also come with “robust social networking tools” for monitoring social networking interactions of family members with others.
“Right now, Net Nanny 8 is being produced for x86 and 64-bit versions of Windows. Windows RT development has not yet started and will be determined by market need,” Benitez said.