I am SO excited to introduce you to this new device that has brought significant peace and order to an issue in our home that had been creating exceedingly more and more stress for me – devices.
Our problem is that we have a million kids with a million devices which have a million apps with a million settings. Do you see the problem here? I was spending a decent chunk of my life monitoring who was using what app, on which device, when, and for how long. Not fun, friends. So. Not. Fun.
Then I bought a Circle by Disney. It allows me full control over every single device that is connected to our home network, even Smart TVs, video game consoles and our Roku. I have tested several different filtering devices at home, and none of them hold a candle to the functionality and ease of use of the Circle.
It is important to Jeff and I that our kids have a limited amount of time in front of a screen, for a multitude of reasons. However, besides just limiting the amount of time our children are spending on devices, we also want to ensure that they are not being exposed to damaging material or dangerous people. Pornography is everywhere, and as parents or caregivers, we have got to be proactive about protecting our children. If you are unfamiliar with the documented devastating affects of pornography on the brain, please check out the website Fight The New Drug, which is full of cited scientific studies and research.
Okay, let’s Circle back around to the topic at hand. Yes. I am that dorky. This little device delivers quite the punch. The functionality on this baby is expansive! Can you tell I’m excited?
Here is a little bit about what you can do with the Circle. You can:
- Create separate user profiles for each person
- Create a default profile for any new device that joins the network (think friends who bring their own devices)
- Assign an age level specific filter to each user
- Assign multiple devices to one user
- Set time limits on Internet access for each user
- Set time limits on specific apps for each user
- Set time limits on entire categories of apps and websites
- Set bedtimes
- Pause the Internet for one user or all users at once
- Block specific apps
- Block specific websites
So, the bottom line is you can predetermine who uses what device to view which apps, when they do it and for how long. Can we all together say “AMEN!”
I no longer have to constantly field requests for screen time or watch the clock to ensure my kids don’t waste away their day on devices. I just set time limits on the Circle, and it cuts off their access when they hit their limit for the day. It. Is. Awesome.
Staying on top of the latest apps, games and websites is imperative to our ability to safely navigate our children through today’s technological world. The Circle makes that responsibility much easier. And I’m all about easier.
Check out additional articles about technology safety for kids:
Child Safe Settings for Windows 10
Child Safe Settings for Apple Devices
Why You Should Set Up Email Addresses for Your Children
How To Set Up Custom Family Email Accounts
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