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Child protection apps in the test: Only two really protect children

Child protection apps are designed to make smartphones more child-friendly. However, some apps are designed for monitoring rather than control, as Stiftung Warentest has now discovered.

Anyone who installs security software on their child's smartphone and, in some cases, pays a fair amount of money for it, assumes that the offspring is now protected from content that is not suitable for children and from excessive screen time. Unfortunately, Stiftung Warentest has bad news for all parents here. Only two out of nine child protection programs do well in the test.

Stiftung Warentest tested the child protection apps

In the test, Stiftung Warentest examined six child protection apps for smartphones (Android) and the child protection offers of the Google Android and Apple iOS operating systems. They also checked the app of the non-profit association Jusprog, which focuses on filtering websites.

They checked the following points:

  • Functional scope: What control options do parents have with regard to usage time, website visits, apps used and tracking of the child's location?
  • Family orientation: How flexibly can the app be used in the family? How many smartphones can be controlled? Is the child's location tracking preset?
  • Educational support: Are there e.g. B. Information for parents on age-appropriate use of the individual functions?
  • privacy

The test results of the child protection app test

Overall, only two of the nine apps tested scored "good", while three achieved a "satisfactory" rating. For the other four apps, it is only enough for a "sufficient". Noticeable: The bad apps also include well-known security software specialists. Above all, the inadequate data protection declarations are criticized here. Some apps can also be tricked by experienced kids.

The best app in the test is Salfeld parental controlswho got an overall rating of 2.0. It convinces with a child-friendly approach, a very good range of functions and solid educational support for parents. An annual license costs € 19.99.

The free app is free and also "good" JusProg. The app protects children from questionable websites. There is a black and white list, lots of personal settings and good educational support for parents. However, the data protection declaration is incomplete.

Criticism of "child protection" apps

Overall, the Stiftung Warentest criticizes the term "child protection app". That is overstepping: “The apps help parents to control and log what the child is doing. They cannot protect it comprehensively. No app can prevent cyber-grooming or bullying. The apps do not recognize indecentities or attacks ", so Stiftung Warentest. One of the apps tested can analyze chat processes for keywords. , so Stiftung Warentest.

You can buy the full test results from Stiftung Warentest for € 2.50.

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