CYBERsitter’s user interface is fairly simple and intuitive. There are buttons down the left side of the management console that you can click to access different functions and configuration settings.
CYBERsitter offers a fair amount of customization to allow you to configure exactly what you do or do not want blocked or filtered. For starters, you can choose to simply block all instant messaging programs, or to block all file-sharing programs, or to use the CYBERsitter search engine rather than other popular search engines like Google or Yahoo.
By clicking each of the buttons on the left side, you can configure a variety of settings. You can define certain times of the day that the Internet is allowed to be used, choose what types or categories of content to block, and add specific websites to the allowed or blocked list if the broad categories are not controlling access the way you would like.
The user interface also allows you to view log files to review Internet activity and monitor the success of the program, and also allows you to have email reports sent directly to you so that you can keep an eye on things.
Overall, the user interface is relatively clean and simple to use. Most users will be able to understand and navigate the options. There may be some learning curve to get the configuration exactly as you want it, but that is a function of the program itself and not a comment on the user interface.
My main complaint with the user interface is that there is a What's New tab that hasn't been updated since 2004. The fact that the program blocks access to social networking sites such as MySpace or Facebook, and includes functionality to work with newer web browsers such as Firefox, means it has obviously been updated since 2004. The What's New tab should either be updated to include all of what's new (hence the name) or it should be removed.
The interface could also use a little personality. Some different colors or a more snazzy look would be nice, but those are bells and whistles that do not add to the functionality of the product.