Posts tagged #screen time

Circle with Disney in Canada

This is the Circle with Disney. It's a cool internet monitoring and parental control device that lets you set time limits on internet, monitor app usage, and so on. I've been on the lookout for something to allow me to control access to the internet in a more finely tuned way than what my dlink router offers me.

Doing some Googling led me to the Circle. Originally a failed kickstarter, now offered in partnership with Disney (way to go, people!) the Circle is, despite its name, a white cube that connects to your wifi and lets you do all that parental stuff. I was blown away by a review, and looking at the features on the Circle site itself, it looked like the perfect device for what I need.

Only downside, you can't order it from the US to ship to Canada. And the iOS app that's needed to set it up is only available on the US iTunes store. So to get this thing working up here I'd have to ship it to a US address, pick it up or have someone travelling bring it back with them, and also set up a US iTunes account in order to get the app. A little too much work for me right now, as I'm in the middle of moving house.

And then today, I decide to try searching for Circle on the best buy canada site, and lo and behold, it's available for pre-order! Shipping September 15th, it looks like Circle is indeed coming to Canada! I'm hoping that the iOS app will be available in the Canadian iTunes store on that day as well.

I'll report back when I get it set up. - E

Posted on September 6, 2016 and filed under Reviews.

Have you ever grinded through your kids games for them? That's love...

Kotaku headline reads: "Mother Grinds Through Online Game So Her Daughter Doesn’t Have To".

This happened in China, where a daughter's restricted screen time lead to many tantrums. And so, like any loving parent would do, her mother did the only thing she could. She plays the game, Mole Manor, and grinds through to level up her daughter's character.

Yeah right.

The headline should read, "Mother secretly loves Mole Manor and purposely restricted her daughter's screen time so she could play"

Have you ever played your kids games for them? I have. Mostly when the game is on my iPhone, which the kids don't always have access to, I am 'requested' to check Snoopy Fair or Pocket Frogs during the day.

At least we're not doing their homework for them, right?

Posted on November 8, 2012 and filed under News.