Children are spending more time online and many parents are concerned about screen time, cybersafety and internet addiction. An increasingly popular technical solution is parental control apps.
But such a quick fix is inadequate when addressing the complicated reasons behind screen time. Much worse though, the apps expose users to privacy and other safety issues most people aren’t aware of.
Parental control apps need many permissions to access particular systems and functions on devices. And many of these apps embed data hungry third-party software development kits (SDKs) – many popular parental control apps in the Google Play Store have extensive security and privacy vulnerabilities due to SDKs.