14 responses to “Get your kids off the computer without nagging”

  1. Stationery Guy

    Glad my son isn’t old enough to make use of this but it sounds like a great idea. I like the fact that it would eliminate the competition over time spent on the computer due to the perception that one child got to spend more time than another.

    Rick
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  2. Tanya T Warrington

    Thank you for this info. I am going to give it a try!

    Tanya

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  4. Gregory

    As Justin, I also use one called Ez Internet Timer. It did the same trick as TimesUpKidz , but Ez Internet Timer has one more good feature. It can block Internet browsers, chat programs, e-mails separately. I often set the program to turn off Skype and ISQ while my kid does his homework. But the most important I think is to prevent addictive Internet use through effective cultivation of sound principles about life.

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  7. nikki

    Does this work in the UK

  8. WhoReallyCaresWhatMyNameIs

    I am 9 years old and I think video game are great. I usually Play the Nintendo Wii. It’s cool.

    Unfortunately, I think that EVERY MOMENT that a parent raises a kid that like video games, they worry about how much time they play. They never discover the bright side of video games. They usually don’t help them with video games, even if they had the skill. And many don’t buy video games for kids that can’t go to GameStop or some other place alone except on special occasions.

    Again, parents really need to discover the bright side of video games. Usually, kids that like video games like computers, and smarter computer users will learn coding and AppleScript, go to collage, and work at Google or Nintendo or something.

    I’m not saying to take away time limits. I’m just telling you to make them more reasonable. Reasonable for any kid that worked hard enough to learn C++ or AppleScript or another type of coding in a couple of years if they were smart enough.

    Bye-Bye!

  9. Ms. Yingling

    Having dial up and a really old, slow computer has made this a nonissue in my house. It’s just not worth the hassle for my children.

  10. Beck

    My son is on the computer a lot! And yes, it does have several good things, as he can already write programs, and can type faster than I do. He does pretty well in school, all in advanced placement, even taking high school math in 7th grade… But his main love is computers.

    He really doesn’t have many friends where we live, and though I can’t blame him for that. Because the kids in his age group, well lets just say, I rather him be home than with them….

    My main concern is physical activity, which is also very important. I am constantly trying to invent ways to get him outside. Somedays it is easier than others, but everyday I try to get him outside. It just concerns me how much time he wants to be on the computer. As a parent, I realize this is a different age & time that when I grew up. Where I had so much more freedom than he does, and who knows, if I had the technology that he does today, I would of probably been the same way…

    My point is to both parents and kids, moderation is key, and there has to be physical activity. Also as a parent, and being honest, sometimes when are so busy with dinner, work, and home life, we allow them to spend that time. It is just when we were young, our parents could allow us to roam the neighborhood, but pending where you live, those days are they same…

  11. Beck

    My son is on the computer a lot! And yes, it does have several good things, as he can already write programs, and can type faster than I do. He does pretty well in school, all in advanced placement, even taking high school math in 7th grade… But his main love is computers.

    He really doesn’t have many friends where we live, and though I can’t blame him for that. Because the kids in his age group, well lets just say, I rather him be home than with them….

    My main concern is physical activity, which is also very important. I am constantly trying to invent ways to get him outside. Somedays it is easier than others, but everyday I try to get him outside. It just concerns me how much time he wants to be on the computer. As a parent, I realize this is a different age & time that when I grew up. Where I had so much more freedom than he does, and who knows, if I had the technology that he does today, I would of probably been the same way…

    My point is to both parents and kids, moderation is key, and there has to be physical activity. Also as a parent, and being honest, sometimes when are so busy with dinner, work, and home life, we allow them to spend that time. It is just when we were young, our parents could allow us to roam the neighborhood, but pending where you live, those days are they are not the same…

    I am glad for what he has learned with the computer, and I will continue to find ways to peak his interest in other things.. Because being outside can be a wonderful thing too.. Besides, I love the time we get to spend together…

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