I have an iPad. I also have a 6-year old daughter. Which really means my 6-year old daughter has an iPad. Sure I monitor how much time she spends on it. But if you were to look at my iPad’s you will see that I have about 2 pages of apps. She has 6.
When I download an app for her, I can do my research and know it’s safe. But what happens when she searches the web? Remember McGruff the crime dog from the 80’s? Well apparently he’s still around and he’s keeping our kids safe when they’re on an iPad.
The McGruff Safeguard is a free web browser app that is similar to Safari, except for a few things. One, it uses Google SafeSearch, so when a word or phrase is typed into the search engine, it will only display safe sites. And two, parents have the ability to block certain content.
When you first download the app, it asks you the age and gender of the child who will use it. But you can also block categories you don’t want your child to search for or see. There are 60 categories to choose from – ranging from things like porn (obviously), gambling, illegal drugs, dating to sex education. Or you can block specific websites.
You can also allow a website, forever or for a specified period of time. And everyday you will get a summary of your child’s activity emailed to you.
In order to exclusively use McGruff Safeguard and block your children from switching to Safari, you will have to disable Safari and make McGruff your default browser.
The app is free, but if you want to remove ads it will cost $0.99. And it’s also available for your iPod Touch and iPhone.