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Parentsaround (Mobile)

ARS Nova Systems

Devices supported
Operating system
Price *
29.00 €
Language of interface
english, french
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: 1.6 out of 4 points
Effectiveness score for users 13 years and older: 1.6 out of 4 points


Installation of the tool: n/a
Configuration of the tool: The basic configuration, such as creating profiles, blocking specific apps and enabling Safe Search can be done directly in the app. For further configuration, a second monitoring app or access via web browser is needed. The process is mostly comprehensible, but context-sensitive information is insufficient. The general principles of use are similar to many other apps.
Usage of the tool: The tool provides an alert message, which provides the possibility to ask for unblocking and to use a google-based Safe Search. There is a detailed reporting function.

Usability of the installation process: n/a
Usability of the configuration process: 3.0
Usability of the usage of the product: 2.1

Overall score for usability: 2.7 out of 4 points


The tool is easy to use and the manual on the webpage is very detailed and offers additional information. The FAQs are also very helpful. The filtering tool offers a remote control access to the configuration and to the reporting. The software generally fulfils users’ expectations, but could be optimised at some points. The tool allows the parents to create URL black or white lists and to filter via categories. Parents can also set up time limits for internet usage.


Access to harmful content throught Google Translate. Does not filters pages inside an iframe.
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 No
URLs White List Restrict Browsing to White List No
Default White List No
Modification OR Creation No
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 Yes
Usage Restriction Web Block Access Yes
Monitor Access Yes
Safe search Availability Yes
Social Networks Block Access No
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 Yes
Block video chat Yes
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 filteringNo
C: option to transfer filter configurations between target usersYes
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 languageNo
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 ManagerNo
Using a proxy instead of a direct connection to the InternetYes
Accessing the web-pages through the Google CacheYes
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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Cybion Online Business Intelligence

Stiftung Digitale Chancen

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Innova - Technology Transfer and Valorisation

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