BrightCanary Parental Controls 4+

Online Child Monitoring

Tacita, Inc.

    • 4.3 • 59 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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Parental controls and monitoring to protect your child on text message, YouTube, Google, and social media.

BrightCanary’s parental controls and child monitoring uses advanced technology to scan your child’s activity on text message, YouTube, Google, TikTok, and Instagram. The app alerts you if your child encounters something concerning.

With BrightCanary, you will know if your child:

- Gets explicit images or text messages
- Starts talking to someone new in their messages
- Encounters cyberbullying or drug content
- Views concerning content on YouTube or social media

Our advanced technology monitors your child’s online activity and alerts you if they encounter something inappropriate, like adult images, alcohol, drug use, or self-harm content. Protect your kids and your time with easy-to-read report summaries and insights into your child’s digital world.

BrightCanary runs on your phone, not your kid’s phone. Unlike other apps, your child can’t just delete it. Once you connect their online accounts, our parental controls take care of the rest — tracking what they’re watching and messaging, and alerting you when you need to get involved.

With BrightCanary, you can stay engaged with your child’s digital world. Improve conversations with your kids by learning about their interests and the people they follow. Not sure how to handle something your child saw online? Our AI chatbot, Ask the Canary, gives you instant advice to talk to your kid about anything from violent videos to cyberbullying.

Our data is encrypted to ensure both your and your child's privacy is protected. All account login information stays on the parent’s phone, and we use military-grade encryption to protect your personal information.

Apple Screen Time does a great job of setting limits on which apps kids can use and for how long. BrightCanary’s parental controls fill in the gaps by helping you understand what they’re seeing, sending, and receiving online and in text messages.


“The app monitors for adult images in messages and any concerning content in search, without me having to look through my son’s phone. Which has helped me find the right balance between trust and safety. Highly recommend it!”
— Linda, mom of 2

"A 13 year old from a nearby middle school died in his bedroom after taking what he thought was a muscle relaxant. It turned out to be a counterfeit that was laced and he ordered it like a pizza through a social media app. Parents, we need to supervise. This app is the best one I’ve found to do that. And it monitors DMs."
— Donna, mom of 2

"My daughter has always used my YouTube account, but I finally felt it was safe to give her her own account when I started using BrightCanary’s parental controls. It's a great way to give her the independence she wants, but with safeguards.”
— Regina, mom of 1

“Balancing trust and safety is tough with a teenage son. Thanks to BrightCanary, I've found a middle ground — keeping tabs without being overly intrusive. Having this supervision has also helped me be better connected to his interests. Highly recommend it!”
— Jean, mom of 2

Payment will be charged to your iTunes account. Your subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current subscription period. Your account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current subscription period. Automatic renewals will cost the same price you were originally charged for the subscription. You can turn off auto-renewal at any time by going to your Account Settings on the App Store after purchase.

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What’s New

Version 1.87

Minor bug fixes and performance improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

J.J. Goldwag ,

Best monitoring app I’ve found for iPhone

I needed to supervise my 11-year-old, after becoming concerned about what he was encountering online. The app’s Technology makes it easy, without having to take his phone or hover, and it covers risky places like messaging that need monitoring. It’s the best I’ve found for iPhone monitoring.

Informeration ,

Takes forever to load

If i dont look at this for a few days, it takes way to long to load and sometimes doesnt. Messages need to be categorized by date so i can load and read each day individually instead of the app trying to load a weeks worth of if thousands of texts and taking fiever to load and sometimes not loading at all. This is the only app I’ve found that actually works with apple or id probably move on. Please fix this issue!

Boldfriend ,

This app is helping me parent better

A 13 year old from a nearby middle school died in his bedroom after taking what he thought was a muscle relaxant. It turned out to be laced and he ordered it like a pizza through a social media app. Parents, we need to supervise. This app is the best one I’ve found to do that. And it monitors DMs.

App Privacy

The developer, Tacita, Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Purchases
  • Contact Info
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Some in‑app purchases, including subscriptions, may be shareable with your family group when Family Sharing is enabled.

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