Net Nanny

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Net Nanny
The Net Nanny 6 interface, shown on a computer running Windows XP.
The Net Nanny 6 interface, shown on a computer running Windows XP.
Developer(s) ContentWatch, Inc.
Stable release
7 (Windows) 3.0 (Mac)
Operating system Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X, iOS and Android
Type Content Control
License Proprietary EULA
Website Net Nanny Homepage

Net Nanny provides a content-control software marketed primarily towards parents as a way to monitor and control their child's computer activity. The software allows a computer owner to block and filter Internet content, place time limits on use, and block desktop PC games.[1]


The original version of Net Nanny was released in 1995 by Gordon Ross, who became inspired to create an internet protecting service for children after viewing a sting operation on a pedophile soliciting a child online.[citation needed] The software allows parents to block certain websites and control their children's amount of screen time.[2] Websites are blocked by content rather than URL.[3] This prevents children from accessing blocked websites through proxy websites. In addition, Net Nanny allows parents to receive a warning if their child searches a flagged topic.[4]

Late 2002, Net Nanny was sold to BioNet Systems who in turn sold it to Looksmart technologies in April 2004. In January 2007, it was purchased by ContentWatch, Inc.[5] In 2016, Zift, a digital parenting company, acquired Net Nanny from Content Watch.


Net Nanny was rated first by in "Internet Filter Software" and fourth in "Parental Control Software" in 2017.[6][7] PCMag also posted an online review stating that "Net Nanny is fully at home in the modern, multi-device world of parental control, and it still has the best content filtering around."[8]

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  1. ^ "Internet Safety with Net Nanny Content Filtering Software". Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  2. ^ McMahon, Jordan. "How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online". Wired. CNMN Collection. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  3. ^ Temko, Sandra. "How Well Can Kids Get Past Parental Control Software?". ABC News. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  4. ^ Rossen, Jeff; Bomnin, Lindsey. "These 3 Apps Can Help You Monitor Your Teens' Activities Online". Today. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  5. ^ Rubenking, Neil (2008-02-01). "11 Critical Security Apps - Net Nanny". Ziff Davis, Inc. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  6. ^ Shipley, Renee. "The Best Internet Filter Software". Top Ten Reviews. Retrieved 18 January 2018. 
  7. ^ Shipley, Renee. "Best Parental Control Software". Top Ten Reviews. Retrieved 18 January 2018. 
  8. ^ Rubenking, Neil. "ContentWatch Net Nanny 7". PC. PC Magazine. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 

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