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Care4Teen Editor's Review

There is no denying the need of Internet for fulfilling numerous needs and that is applicable for the younger generations too. Your baby’s need to access the web and browse it every day for educational, entertainment and many other needs. However, the parents cannot help worrying about the dark alleys of web that are laid open by malicious lots. That is why it has become essential for people to use parental control applications in households where baby’s access the PCs and internet.

Care4teen is a parental control application with a subtle difference. It relies on user judgments and that of other parents to filter web access for baby’s. It takes actions based on web usage statistics as well. While installing the local agent, you have to create a Care4teen management account and provide password, user id and a valid email. A teen account also needs to be created. You can create a single teen account per PC. However, it is possible to associate one kid with several devices. Care4teen can be used for free but the free version keeps last 10 time-line items. For premium features a sliding payment scheme is offered by the company.

In default mode, Care4teen remains visible to users but there is an invisible mode too. In invisible mode, the application simply displays nothing when a blocked website is accessed. In visible mode, you will get an icon in system tray. If there are older teens at home, you may simply turn restrictions off. In this mode, the application does not block anything but reports the teen's online activity to his or her parents.

The configurations are arranged in the applications online console. You can log in the web console from any place. As it gets connected, an extensive timeline shows all websites that have been browsed along with applications visited.

Unlike other parental control applications, Care4teen has no pre set category of websites that should be blocked. It relies on your response. For example, if your baby’s try visiting a website not registered in system, the application will deny access to it. It is up to you to allow access to that site. In case a site has been approved by many other parents, the application will allow your kid to visit it. There is an inherent problem to this approach. This software can actually block many safe sites just because they have not been approved by users so far! Hence, you will have to approve lots of websites personally. When you rate websites, you earn points for that and after limit that earns you eligibility for premium services.

If Care4teen finds anything objectionable in a website visited by your baby’s it will send a "screencast" of that site. This feature will notify you of activities like the baby’s posting offensive content in social media sites. However, it is no match for social media tracking features of rival contenders like Social Shield.

The software comes with SSL filtering activation and deactivation feature. When this control is activated, a number of naughty websites are actually blocked. However, it can reject HTTPS URL which can be a problem. Thankfully, the application cannot be disabled easily with command prompt. Care4teen allows you to block p2p sites, unwanted programs and games accessed by your baby’s. However, its application blocking may not be effective in real world usage. Besides, a tech savvy kid can simply fool the application by renaming program that you block. Rivals like Windows Live Family Safety uses ESRB rating for game blocking and you cannot fool it by just renaming files.

Care4teen does have iOS and Android editions but they do not appear in widely used application stores. They are found only in regional application stores. Android application version has compatibility issues too.

Positive Points:
-    Easy to setup, user friendly controls.
-    Online console enables remote management.
-    Stealth mode available.
-    Captures screenshot upon suspicious activity detection.

Negative Points:
-    Application blocking can be overruled.
-    Mobile applications troublesome.
-    Free edition has limitations.
-    Website rating can prove to be tedious.

Overall, Care4teen is decent parental control software that has several glitches which need ironing out. Its parent approved website allowance can be a double edged sword in real world scenario. The mobile applications are quite disappointing too. Advanced users will dislike its lackluster application blocking feature which can be defeated by a smart kid. The free version has limited features and the half baked features in its premium edition do not exactly cut the ice. You can try out several other freeware parental control applications that offer better overall performance and do a nice job of automatic site handling and blocking than this application.

Rating: 3/5

Care4Teen Publisher's Description

Care4Teen is a handy application designed to help you protect your children while they browse on the Internet. The application monitors the visited websites and the opened applications, enabling parents to block websites with inappropriate content.

With Care4Teen, you can view everything that happens on your child’s computer, as it can record 10-15 second videos every two minutes.

Note: In order to use the application, you have to create an account.

Free download from Shareware Connection - Care4Teen is a handy application designed to help you protect your children while they browse on the Internet.

Publisher: Care4Teen.com | License: Freeware
Version: 2.0.188 Beta | Platform: Win7 x64, Windows 7, Windows 8, WinOther, WinServer, WinVista, WinVista x64
Released Date: | Rating: 5 | Title: Care4Teen

Author Url: http://www.care4teen.com
Program Info Url: http://www.care4teen.com
Download Url: http://www.care4teen.com/install/care4teen.exe

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