September 18th, 2008 / 14 Comments
We’d set the kitchen timer and give 5-minute warnings, but inevitably we’d have to nag our kids when their time was over. We’d have to deal with repetitive pleas for “just a few more minutes.” Our boys would fight about who got to go first on the computer, or theyâ€™d complain if they thought their brother got more time. It wasn’t fun being the time cop. Occasionally I let my kids use the computer for longer than their allotted time so I could have more time to myself – only to feel guilty about it later. Something had to change.
Is that a familiar scenario at your house? I can totally relate to that.
That was the experience of Justin Magaram which prompted him to create TimesUpKidz
As a dad of 2 boys, Justin came up with a way to make sure that his kids do not waste time on the computer. A former designer and manager at Microsoft for 10 years, he came up with a way to limit kids’ computer time that is intuitive and easy to use, even for me!
There are many useful features on TimesUpKidz that I as a parent want:
1. Set appropriate limits for each child.
Give older children more time and let them use the computer later at night. Or you can set the same amount of time for all the kids.
2. Set weekday and weekend limits, or even customize each day.
3. Password protected.
TimesUpKidz Computer Timer uses the security built into Windows so only parents can set or override time limits. It is extremely difficult to defeat, even if your kids are more tech-savvy than you.
4. Override limits on particular days due to circumstances, i.e. vacation, or special homework. Preset times automatically resumes without having to re-set.
5. Audible reminders – “You have five minutes left”
Sometimes kids get immersed in full-screen video games and won’t see the pop-up messages. A warm, friendly voice tells them how much time remains through the computer’s speakers, giving them plenty of time to save their work.
6. Last chance to save their work.
When time is up, the screen goes black except for a button to log off. If your child clicks Log Off they are given one last chance to save their game or work. TimesUpKidz then blocks access to the computer until they have available time again.
While I believe that no tool should replace the supervision of parents, TimesUpKidz Parental Control Software reduces the power struggles and nagging that comes with trying to get our kids off the computer , thus removing unnecessary stress in the home.
Three more great features I like:
1. Justin offers a free 30-day trial, no strings attached, and no hard-sell. I tried it and I think you’ll really find it useful.
2. To purchase it, it’s only a one-time cost of $29.95. There is no monthly fee. What a deal! It’s well-worth the price.
3. This is developed by a dad who is committed to raising his kids right, and I want to support him for that.