Deutsche Telekom
Devices supported
Alternative Tool
Operating system
Price *
free of charge
Language of interface
Test date
SIP Bench III, 2nd test cycle, Winter 13/14

*Prices might change according to the latest company offers


Installation of the tool: The tool is delivered as an application which is installed nearly automatically. Therefore the installation process was not tested with regard to usability.
Configuration of the tool: The configuration process is generally comprehensible. It is possible to create different user profiles and set up the filter according to children's age but there's no information how it influence the filter. The app generally fulfills user’s expectations but content criteria not self descriptive. The configuration process is easy to learn and the design is appealing.
Usage of the tool: The alert message is appropriate for childern, as well as for adults and it supports the dialogue between children and parents. The app is without a reporting function.

Usability of the installation process: n/a
Usability of the configuration process: 2.9
Usability of the usage of the product: 2.1

Overall score for usability: 2.6 out of 4 points


Surfgarten is a German app for iOS devices. Depending on the age level appropriate filters are set automatically. For the evaluation of the content, the app uses a number of proven mechanisms, based on content and age pattern of the domains. It is also possible to create different user profiles, own black/white lists. Furthermore parents can set up time restrictions for internet access and choose content criteria which have to be blocked.


Area of needFunctionalitySpecific issuesAssessment
Management Management of User profiles Create several profiles Yes
Remote Management Manage on various devices No
Monitoring Remote access to monitoring No
Filtering Customisation Topics Customisation of Filtering Topics Yes
URLs White List Restrict Browsing to White List Yes
Default White List Yes
Modification OR Creation Yes
URLs Black List Creation of User's own Black List Yes
Keywords Keywords Default Black List No
Default White List No
Creation of a User's Black List No
Creation of a User's White List No
Time Time Limit Settings Set a specific time frame or web access duration Yes
Blocking Message Type Ask for unblocking by parents Yes
Redirect to safe resources No
Usage Restriction Web Block Access Yes
Monitor Access No
Safe search Availability Yes
Social Networks Block Access Yes
Monitor Usage No
Personal data Provision Block No
Streaming Block Access No
Monitor Access No
P2P Block the application No
Monitor Downloads No
Skype Block chat No
Block video chat No
Monitor No
Prevent new Contact No
Windows Life Messenger Block chat No
Block video chat No
Monitor No
Prevent new Contact No
Email Block email client and/or webmail access Yes


Yes / No
I: installation in 3 steps or lessYes
I: choice of installation for beginners or advanced usersn/a

C: different degrees of strength for the filteringNo
C: different content criteria for the filteringYes
C: option to transfer filter configurations between target usersNo
C: option to transfer filter configurations between devicesNo
C: overall comprehensible configurationYes
C: overall conformity with user expectationsYes
C: overall easy to learnYes

U: alert message in a child friendly languageYes
U: option to customise the reaction in case of blockingNo
U: overall easily operable and comprehensible reportingn/a


The Tool prevents the user from by-passing the filter by:Yes / No
Using the IP address instead of the URLn/a
Using an alternative browsern/a
Changing time and date settings*n/a
Disabling or uninstalling the software without a password*n/a
Closing the filtering tool trough the Task Managern/a
Using a proxy instead of a direct connection to the Internetn/a
Accessing the web-pages through the Google Cachen/a
Reaching a website through translation sitesn/a
Renaming a blocked applicationn/a
Using Safe Moden/a
Filtering Content personalised by usern/a
Filtering Content evolving through timen/a
Filtering Multimedia contentn/a
Filtering outbound contentn/a

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Cybion Online Business Intelligence

Stiftung Digitale Chancen

coordinated by:
Innova - Technology Transfer and Valorisation

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