I feel as though parental controls are a commercialized invention that exploits the lack of trust between a parent and a child. Instead of educating kids on questionable content found online, parents are encouraged by companies to monitor and helicopter what their children see and do online. Besides being annoying and invasive, it sends children the message that specific things on the internet are not appropriate for them and that they do not have the mental faculties to understand and process such content. I wish that instead of parental controls being marketed as a strategy to control children, parents talked to their children about online safety and trusted them to navigate the internet by themselves.
Or maybe I'm simply misunderstanding the entire concept of parental controls and it is actually intended to control parents, true to its name.