Father Working from home

Norton Parental Control

Do you know what your kids are doing online?

What apps have they downloaded?10 What videos have they watched?8 What are they searching for?

Social media, inappropriate content, risky websites: The world has changed. You want to help protect your kids from online dangers. Norton Parental Control gives you tools to help monitor, set limits and block inappropriate content.

Features of Norton Parental Control are supported by Windows, Android and iOS unless otherwise stated below. System Requirements

How do I teach my child about internet safety? 

Internet safety involves an ongoing conversation with your kids.

In partnership with the National PTA, NortonLifeLock is proud to offer The Smart Talk. The Smart Talk gets parents and kids together for a conversation about being responsible with new technology. 

The Smart Talk covers the following internet safety topics:

  • Safety & Privacy
  • Screen Time
  • Social Media
  • Apps & Downloads
  • Texting & Calling 

The Smart Talk helps you establish expectations for safer and more responsible online behavior with your children, things like:     

  • Not bullying others, and to tell a parent if they experience cyberbullying
  • Not sharing passwords or personal information
  • What they are allowed to download
  • How much (if any) they can spend on in-app purchases
  • How much screen time kids can have 

Norton Parental Control features include:

Time Supervision

How much time are your kids spending online?

Stay on top of how much time your kids spend on their PCs and Android devices. Foster healthier habits by scheduling specific times of the day or week each device can be used and how many hours a day can be spent on each device.

Time Supervision.

Screens are simulated and subject to change.

Video Supervision

What videos have your kids watched?

See a list of YouTube videos your kids watch on their PCs, Android or iOS devices and even view a snippet of each video, so you know when you need to talk.8

Video Supervision.

Mobile App Supervision

What apps have your kids downloaded?

See which apps your kids have downloaded on their Android devices and choose which ones they can use, such as YouTube and Facebook.10

Mobile App Supervision.

Web Supervision

What sites are your kids visiting?

Let your kids explore the web freely, with tools that block unsuitable websites while keeping you aware of the sites they’re visiting.

Web Supervision.

Search Supervision

What are your kids searching for?

See the words, terms, and phrases your kids are searching for to gain insights into their interests and help protect them from inappropriate content.

Search Supervision.

Location Supervision

Where are they going?

Stay informed about where your kids are with tools that map the location of their Android or iOS devices and provide a 30-day history to show where they’ve been.9,10,‡‡

Location Supervision.

School Time

Is your child focused on schoolwork?

Remote learning requires the internet, so pausing the internet on your child’s device is not an option. Manage your child’s remote learning environment and keep your child focused on schoolwork during the school day.

School Time.
Image Leptop and Mobile Parental Control.

Norton Parental Control

Norton Parental Control gives you tools to help keep your kids safe online:


See which ones they have downloaded, and choose which ones they can use.

YouTube videos

See what videos they watch.

Website Access Requests

Enable your child to send notes within the app to request access changes.

Web Supervision

Block unwanted websites and get reports on what sites they visit.

Safe search

See what your kids are searching for.

Blocked site alerts

Get an email when your child tries to visit a blocked site.

Screen time

Schedule when and for how long kids can use their devices, and lock them when it’s time for a break.11


On mobile, see a map of your child’s Android or iOS device location.9,10, ‡‡

School Time

Help minimize online distractions while your child uses the internet for school work.

Mother with son using device

Two way communications tools

Norton Parental Control gives you tools for online supervision, but also tools to help you keep the online safety conversation going with your kids. Once you have established an agreement with your kids for safe and responsible online behavior, you can use the tools within Norton Parental Control to help keep the conversation ongoing.

Getting started with Norton Parental Control involves setting up house rules for each child. Once those are set up, you’ll start getting alerts based on the rules you created, and you’ll also get regular reports on your kids’ online activity. If your child disagrees with a house rule or wants to visit a blocked website, they can send you requests within Norton Parental Control, giving you and your kids tools to help facilitate ongoing conversations about internet safety.

Alerts and communication tools in Norton Parental Control include:     

  • Access Request: Open the lines of communication by enabling your kids to message you within the app if they disagree with a blocked site or a house rule.  
  • Email Alerts: Find out when your kids attempt to visit a blocked site so that you can start a conversation about appropriate content.
  • Monthly / Weekly Reports: Get detailed reports of what your kids are doing online, right in your inbox.
Little girl with headphones.

Not everything on the web is suitable for kids


Some topics on the web may not be suitable or age-appropriate for kids, things like drugs or violence.


Use Norton Parental Control to restrict what kids can and can’t see online.

Family smiling.

Need help limiting your kids’ screen time?


Kids enjoy going online, but you want to put a limit on screen time.


With Norton Parental Control, you can set schedules for your kids’ device time and lock their access when it’s time for a break.

Pre adolescent girl concentrating.

Online safety: Freedom within boundaries


You give your kids some freedom online, but you also want to know what they’re up to.


Get regular reports on each child’s online activity with Norton Parental Control.

Parenting is hard

It’s even harder if you don’t know what your kids are doing online. The world has changed, and the challenges that digital native kids face may be different from what you, their parent, faced at the same age.

Surveys of U.S. parents of kids or teens and technology use show:

Graphic 66%.

66% of parents of a child under 18 say parenting is harder today than it was 20 years ago, with many citing technology as a reason why

Graphic 93%.

93% of parents say that parents and guardians have a lot of responsibility to protect children from inappropriate online content

Parents of kids aged 11 or younger:

Graphic 71%.

71% of parents of a child say they are concerned their child might ever spend too much time in front of screens

Graphic 46%.

46% of parents say their child has encountered inappropriate videos on YouTube

Whether your concern is what content your kids see, what they are searching for, or how much screen time they are getting, Norton Parental Control gives you a suite of tools to monitor, set limits, and block inappropriate content.

Family with schoolgirl homeschooling-

Norton Parental Control

Norton Parental Control helps protect your kids against online dangers by highlighting your kids’ online activity and identifying potential dangers before they become problems. Easy-to-use tools allow you to set screen time limits, block unsuitable sites, monitor search terms and overall activity history.

With Norton Parental Control, you can:     

  • Teach your kids good internet safety habits
  • Block websites and content that you don’t want your kids to see
  • Get reports on your kids’ web searches, apps and more
  • Set screen time limits and lock devices when it’s time for a break
  • Monitor your kids’ devices in one place, via app or web dashboard

Norton Parental Control is available as Norton Family, or as part of Norton 360 Deluxe or a Norton 360 with LifeLock plan:

Norton Family and Norton Parental Control can only be installed and used on a child’s Windows PC, iOS and Android devices but not all features are available on all platforms. Parents can monitor and manage their child’s activities from any device – Windows PC, Mac, iOS and Android -- via our mobile apps, or by signing into their account at my.Norton.com and selecting Parental Control via any browser.

Frequently asked questions

Helping protect your child while on the internet is a top concern for parents. Fortunately, there are online family safety apps like Norton Parental Control to help you with this task. Norton Parental Control enables parents to keep an eye on what their children are doing online, set limits on how much time they spend online,11 and restrict them from visiting unsuitable websites. Norton Parental Control enables you to set online rules for your kids, and communicate with them within the app. That way, you can teach them to build healthy online habits while helping to protect them against the dangers that lurk online.

Norton Parental Control includes a number of online family safety tools for filtering and limit setting. It gives you filtering tools to block inappropriate content so your children can visit websites, watch videos, and use mobile apps within safe boundaries.8,10. It lets you view reports on your kids’ online behavior, and can help your kids avoid giving out personal information online. Norton Parental Control allows you to set limits on screen time,11 and monitor your kids’ online behavior, so you can help keep them safe from dangers in the digital world.

Features included in Norton Parental Control include:      

  • Apps: Norton Parental Control enables you to view and manage the Android apps your kids use10
  • Content filtering: Block content you don’t want your kids to view online, either by topic or with a set of rules by your child’s age
  • Videos: See what YouTube.com videos your kids watch8
  • Browsing: See what your kids search for, what websites they visit, and block unsuitable sites
  • Location: View a map of your child’s mobile device location history9,10, ‡‡
  • Ease-of-use: Navigate all these features in an easy-to-use app or web portal 

Norton Parental Control includes tools for all of the above features, and more.

Mobile apps can be educational, fun and useful for both kids and adults. However, there are likely apps you don’t want your kids using, even if the app store rating suggests it is suitable for their age. Additionally, apps can come with malware or privacy risks. Norton Parental Control enables you to monitor your child’s apps on Android devices and choose which ones they can use. For apps that you don’t think they’re quite ready to use yet, you can put restrictions in place to help your kids have a safe and healthy experience with mobile apps.

Kids love YouTube.com videos. For parents, YouTube.com videos can be a helpful tool to keep kids occupied when needed. It can also be difficult to pull kids away from fun, visually-engaging videos. You may also worry about what videos your kids might accidentally stumble upon and watch, like content that’s not age-appropriate. Norton Parental Control enables you to see all the videos your kids have watched on YouTube.com, on Windows, Android and iOS. Norton Parental Control also enables you to set time limits and pause your kids’ device use, so they have time away from YouTube.com, too.

Without online family safety apps that can help filter content on the internet, children can browse the web freely, and there’s a lot on the web that may not be age-appropriate. Norton Parental Control gives parents tools to block certain websites and content topics while allowing children to browse the rest of the web more safely. With Norton Parental Control, you can choose to block particular sites completely, or give your child a warning when they try to visit certain sites, but still enable them to browse after the warning. For topic filtering, you can choose pre-defined settings for a specific age range or choose from a list of topics that you want to block, topics like violence or drugs. If your kids try to navigate to a blocked site, you get an email alert. Kids can also submit access requests to you for websites they would like to visit, giving them a way ask for you for permission to view it.14 You can also get a regular report that tells you what sites your kids have visited during a particular time period.

You also want to know what your kids are searching for online. Norton Parental Control provides parents with reports on the search terms their kids look for, so you know when it might be time to adjust the blocked content settings or have a talk with them about a particular subject.

Limiting kids’ screen time can often be a challenge. There are so many activities for kids to do online, and many of them are worthwhile, but sometimes it’s time for them to take a break. Solutions for limiting your children’s screen time11 include:

  • Setting a timer or regular schedule for device use
  • Instantly locking a child’s device when it’s time to take a break
  • Getting regular reports on how much time your children spend on their devices

Norton Parental Control enable you to do all three. For each child, you can set a regular weekly schedule for what days and times they can use their devices. If you want to put an instant lock on a child’s device when it’s time to take a break and do other things, you can do that as well. You also get regular reports on your children’s time on their devices, so you can monitor and set limits to help your children develop healthy screen time habits.

To set up Norton Parental Control, you start by adding each child and their devices to your account. For each child, you then go through each section to select the settings or “House Rules” that you want for each child’s device. This includes:

  • Web: Choose how you supervise web activity, and which topics you want to block
  • Location: See where your kids’ Android or iOS devices are on a map, including a 30-day location history9,10,‡‡
  • Search: See the terms your kids are searching the web for
  • Time: Set schedules for device use, including specific times of the day and how much total time they can use11
  • Video: See what videos your kids have watched on YouTube.com, and watch a snippet of each8
  • App: See which apps your kids have downloaded on Android, and choose which ones they can use10

Once set up, you will start to receive notifications on your child’s activity related to the House Rules. Your child can also view their list of House Rules, and submit requests to you through the app14. You’ll get regular reports on your kids’ online behavior and can view and manage all your kids’ rules in the Norton Parental Control easy-to-use app or web portal.

System Requirements

Windows Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows 10 (all versions), except Windows 10 in S mode. Metro and Edge browsers not supported.
Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 (all versions). Metro browser not supported.
Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) with Service Pack 1 (SP 1) or later.

Android Operating Systems

Android 6.0 or later required for Norton Family Premier Android app.

Norton Family Parental Control is not supported on these Android devices:

  • Huawei
  • Amazon devices (Kindle/Fire)
  • Chromebook

iOS Operating Systems

Current and previous two versions of Apple iOS is required for Norton Family Premier Child Monitoring app.

Mac Operating Systems

Norton Family and Norton Family Premier features not supported.

8 Video Supervision monitors videos that your kids view on YouTube.com. It does not monitor or track YouTube videos that have been embedded in other websites or blogs.
9 Location Supervision requires parent activation before use.
10 Mobile app must be downloaded separately.
11 iOS not supported
12 Windows not supported
14 Android not supported
‡‡ Requires your device to have an Internet/data plan and be turned on.

a “Parenting Children in the Age of Screens.” Pew Research Center, Washington, D.C. (July 28, 2020)

The Norton and LifeLock Brands are part of NortonLifeLock Inc. LifeLock identity theft protection is not available in all countries.

Copyright © 2022 NortonLifeLock Inc. All rights reserved. NortonLifeLock, the NortonLifeLock Logo, the Checkmark Logo, Norton, LifeLock, and the LockMan Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of NortonLifeLock Inc. or its affiliates in the United States and other countries. Firefox is a trademark of Mozilla Foundation. Android, Google Chrome, Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google, LLC. Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Alexa and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Microsoft and the Window logo are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. The Android robot is reproduced or modified from work created and shared by Google and used according to terms described in the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.