Who wishes there was a big OFF button on your wifi? ME!! *raising hand* Now there is something even better and it is called Disney Circle. Now, let me just go ahead and put this here:
Disclaimer: I am in no way a technology guru. This is solely my opinion based on using the product and nothing else.
Okay, so now that you know I am not working in Silicon Valley, let me tell you about this wonderful little box that lets me rule my house like the Queen of wifi! Seriously though, I needed a way to punish my kids when they are being unruly, and if yours are anything like mine, taking away the worldwide web will do it! I got tired of saying, “Give me your phone, ipad, kindle, etc.” Now, with a little app on my phone, I can revoke internet privileges in a flash. I can also control when they go to bed since there is a special bedtime setting that turns it off and tells them “It’s your bedtime”. I LOVE IT!!!
I ordered my Circle on Amazon here. It was 99 bucks and here in a couple days thanks to Prime. You set up each person in your house and then link the electronics that belong to them. You can set a limit to how long they can use particular apps a day, set bedtimes, turn off all internet with one swipe, and so much more. It looks like they are going to have a reward system in place, but it is not there just yet, where you can award time for chores and such. I haven’t delved too deeply in it, but I love that I can control when and how long they have internet usage.
And another huge plus, is there is a parental control feature. When you set up the user on Circle, you pick if they are a child, teen, or adult. There are different filter settings based on each. I haven’t tested it out to see if it actually works, but I plan to sit down with my son’s kindle and do some searches to see what happens.
I almost forgot….you can pull up their history! Now, it isn’t really detailed (like it doesn’t show the actual website they were on) but it shows that they were on YouTube for 2 hours, and playing a game for an hour, etc. That is a great way to see what they are doing without being extremely snoopy. Let’s face it, we parents are going to search those histories every now and then on the device anyway. I know I do. There is way too much information out there! Some parents don’t let their children on the internet without them being right there with them. But I am going to be honest here, I ain’t got time for that! It’s not that I don’t think it is important, though.
Share with me how you control your children’s internet habits. I would love to hear it! Tell me if you have Disney Circle, and if I am missing out on some key features! I absolutely love this thing and would welcome some tips.