How can I set up my Android tablet to stop my kids from downloading apps?

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On long road trips, in restaurants, or whenever you need a few minutes of quiet time, devices such smart phones and tablets can offer welcome relief for any parent. But, there’s also a downside. A swipe here and a touch there and before you know it your 4-year old is watching an inappropriate YouTube video about Super Mario in French!

Take the worry out of it all with a ‘must have’ parental control app. There are plenty out there, so trial a bunch before picking the one that suits your family. Here are a couple of the more popular parental control apps for Android devices:

Kids Place

Kids Place allows you to create a kid-safe area on your device where they can only access the content that you’re comfortable with. It also stops them from installing new apps and spending money within existing ones. Plus, you can limit the time spent on a device. Even better, it’s free!

Norton Family

Norton is a familiar brand in computer protection so this app may appeal if you’ve used one of their products before. Norton Family allows you to keep track of your child’s computer use and block websites and apps that you’d prefer them not to access. The app encourages you to teach your kids about safe computer use. It’s also free.

Both of these apps can be found at the Google Play store, go to