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Block Unsafe/Adult Internet Control
 
Exposure to unsafe and adult content suddenly appearing on the screens is the last thing you want your family to experience when online. NetGenie offers a protective shield from harmful Internet content for your family by blocking potentially unsafe websites and applications like pornography, Spyware-infected, nudity, and more, over all devices like laptops, desktops, iPads, iPhones, and more.
 
Age-Appropriate Internet Access for Kids
 
Ensure that your kids do not access Facebook, chat and other Internet content before they reach the appropriate age with NetGenie that allows kids to access only those websites and applications that are deemed safe for their age groups. Setting up parental controls is a breeze with NetGenie. Simply slide over from one age-group to the other in the NetGenie GUI to create the level of Internet access you want to give to your kids. NetGenie comes with pre-categorized websites and applications that are regularly updated and which take away the inconvenience of manually putting in the website URLs you want to allow or block.
 
Manage Access to Facebook, Chat, Games for Kids
 
Limit your kids’ access to Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Yahoo Messenger, Online Games and more with NetGenie’s advanced parental controls that let you allow or block specific Internet activities of your kids. Limit the time your kids spend on specific websites and applications with NetGenie’s time-based controls for Internet access. No more worrying yourself about those mid-night gaming or endless surfing and chat sessions!
 
Customize Internet Access based on Your Needs
 
NetGenie gives you the flexibility to add specific websites and applications that should be allowed/blocked to match the Internet access needs of your kids. NetGenie’s ‘Website Exceptions’ feature enables you to apply a universal rule for customizing Internet access for the entire family in just a few clicks.
 
Reports on Online Activities
 
NetGenie gives you all information you need about security in your home network as well as your kids’ Internet activities– websites visited, online applications used, attempts to visit blocked websites and more – with its logs and reports.
 
 
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    What is that Facebook doesn’t really know? No guesses, it is your REAL AGE!
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  • Zip the Gap with NetGenie

    An email from a father to his teenage son:

    Son,

    Your mom and I are waiting for you over the dinner table.  Come soon.

    Dad.

    Astonished? Don't be. This is the scenario we all live in today. The e-generation of present times strives on 'Likes' and 'Shares', emails and tweet.  With Internet becoming a need from luxury, it has brought a lot number of changes affecting families, their psychologies and relationships.


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  • Are the Guns Falling Silent?

    You know your Internet parental control tool at home is working when your kids start hating it! A loud curse here when Facebook gets blocked or a "I-swear-to-God…" being muttered when Yahoo Messenger is not allowed access to…However, the globe seems to be tilting a little bit on its axis. Internet parental controls are moving away from being the antagonists in your kids’ online world.
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  • Things are not what they ought to be!

    As a parent, you cannot slip into an "Internet oblivion", thanks to your kids’ hyper-active Internet profile. A Kaiser Family Foundation report says that the average 8-18 year old spends 90 minutes a day on the Internet visiting sites that have nothing to do with schoolwork. The double whammy is that most kids have computers right within the four walls of their rooms.
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  • Is your Kid on the Internet turning you into a Helicopter Parent?

    Most of us wish no life without the Internet. But if you are a parent of a kid aged between 5-15 years, you most certainly stand to disagree. You would wish the Internet were a "not-so-important" part of your kids’ lives !
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