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Surfie Kids

Puresight Technologies Ltd.
Devices supported
Operating system
Price *
46.58 €
Language of interface
arabic, english, german, hebrew, russian
Test date
SIP Bench III, 4th test cycle, Summer 2016

*Prices might change according to the latest company offers


Effectiveness score for users up to 12 year old: 2.5 out of 4 points
Effectiveness score for users 13 years and older: 2.5 out of 4 points


Installation of the tool: n/a
Configuration of the tool: The configuration is either web-based or can be done via a second app: Surfie Parents. App-based configuration offers basic control, while browser-based configuration offers more possibilities with regard to the various filtering functions. Context-sensitive explanations are available for the content criteria. The device can either be set-up as a child or a family device.
Usage of the tool: The alert message is not context-sensitive, but easily understandable for children. A report can be sent via e-mail on a frequent basis.

Usability of the installation process: n/a
Usability of the configuration process: 3.3
Usability of the usage of the product: 2.1

Overall score for usability: 2.9 out of 4 points


The tool offers various possibilities for filtering. Five different pre-set filtering profiles (ranging from ‘Pre-Teen’ to ‘Adult’) can be adjusted. Web content can be filtered, monitored, blocked or allowed via categories. Additionally, websites can be added to a black and a white list. A Safe Search is available. Mobile apps and contacts can be blocked or allowed. A chat filter is automatically applied and can be adjusted. Parents can set an e-mail alert for various misuse attempts, such as trying to use a blocked peer-to-peer app or trying to access blocked web content. Time limits can be set.


Access to harmful content throught web cache sites and Google Translate.
Overall score for security: 1 out of 4 points


Area of needFunctionalitySpecific issuesAssessment
Management Management of User profiles Create several profiles Yes
Remote Management Manage on various devices Yes
Monitoring Remote access to monitoring Yes
Filtering Customisation Topics Customisation of Filtering Topics Yes
URLs White List Restrict Browsing to White List Yes
Default White List No
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 No
Redirect to safe resources Yes
Usage Restriction Web Block Access Yes
Monitor Access Yes
Safe search Availability Yes
Social Networks Block Access Yes
Monitor Usage Yes
Personal data Provision Block No
Streaming Block Access No
Monitor Access No
P2P Block the application Yes
Monitor Downloads Yes
Skype Block chat Yes
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 filteringYes
C: different content criteria for the filteringYes
C: option to transfer filter configurations between target usersNo
C: option to transfer filter configurations between devicesYes
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 reportingYes


The Tool prevents the user from by-passing the filter by:Yes / No
Using the IP address instead of the URLYes
Using an alternative browserYes
Changing time and date settings*Yes
Disabling or uninstalling the software without a password*Yes
Closing the filtering tool trough the Task ManagerYes
Using a proxy instead of a direct connection to the InternetYes
Accessing the web-pages through the Google CacheNo
Reaching a website through translation sitesNo
Renaming a blocked applicationYes
Using Safe ModeYes
Filtering Content personalised by usern/a
Filtering Content evolving through timen/a
Filtering Multimedia contentn/a
Filtering outbound contentn/a

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