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Parental controls useless, crashes frequently in its control panel.
on 14 December 2014
Review for those who want to use Parental controls.
The point of Parental Controls is to create fair, reasonable boundaries for your child - that you and they understand and are consistent. It fails on all levels.
Despite many attempts at refining through all the various levels, the bottom line is that its useless. The total time control does not seem to function and/or can be overridden by the child. Try and limit the games user to 2 hours a day and you'll find he manages many many more.
It crashes frequently in its control panel and is very very slow when trying to make changes adding more frustration on top of frustration. Even when users are logged off, it counts up their time - so you have no idea how long they've been on for - it even counts up for days last week when looking at the control panel, giving more than 24 hours use shown in each day!!! - it's not fit for purpose.
Basically, utterly pointless for any form of repeatable, controllable, fair or transparent, parental control.
By and large its other regular protection features go by unnoticed, which is of course a compliment. However, 1 star which means I hate it because it causes even more angst with the kids, not less, because it does not work reliably, or even at all for some features.