As I was growing up, technology wasn’t as big as it is nowadays. In fact, I didn’t even have access to the internet until I was in my first year high school. If I remember correctly, I was 14 years old when I first had my own email address. Also, I didn’t have my own personal computer, so I rented one in café shops. We were finally obligated to buy one when I went to college as it became too tedious to keep up with research, assignments as well as projects. My mama didn’t have an issue with my internet usage at home as I was already at a certain age.
Except, looking back … I know for a fact that renting computers and having access online without adult supervision exposed me to a lot of risks. I could have easily connected with the wrong people and fall prey to the evil folks in IRC and Yahoo messenger (a very popular way to communicate with friends as well as classmates). Yes … the internet has its own perks, but can also have a lot of downside for those who aren’t aware of what it has to offer. I have a lot of friends who already have kids, and they have shared their first-hand experience of what it’s like to raise children in a generation full of technology. Mind you, it’s not all positive. Frankly, I think our kids are too connected with electronics, gadget, and the internet. I understand that a lot of families are either too busy or overwhelmed with life to realize that what may seem harmless at first, can actually prove to be dangerous if not harmful to our kids.
A lot of parents are guilty of handing over a device to their children and not realizing it poses a threat. Let’s get real here, 9 out 10 of my friends have kids who have their own phones or even tablet. Half of them have unsupervised access to their computers. About half have their own Facebook accounts when they’re not even 10 years old. Isn’t that a scary thought? No? It may seem fine to some of you. But a personal friend of mine ended up having a little one learn a particular language or way of speaking to her parents from watching videos available on facebook and youtube. Another friend’s son has downloaded an app for chatting because he claims he wanted to chat with his friends about Minecraft and ended up having a pedophile in the chatroom. Creepy, scary, and most of all it makes you feel unsafe. With a little one on the way, I can only imagine how protective I will be. I’m already protective of my godkids and even nephews and nieces. What more with my own? What more with my own? Thanks to the advancement of technology in our generation, we now have the perfect device for this problem – Circle with Disney! It’s the most efficient way for families to manage (as well as control) content and time across all devices.
Circle with Disney
The Circle is a device that is paired wirelessly to your internet router (Wi-Fi) and manages all devices in your home. It is straightforward to use, and set-up takes less than five minutes. It has an app that provides a complete overview of the family’s online activity. The device is not limited to manage smartphones, tablets or computers as it can also connect and manage gaming systems.
What Came in the Box
What’s really amazing about this device is the control it has to offer! Check out the following features that make Circle a must-have addition to your home.
» Time Limits — easily specify how much time each user can have to access specific apps and websites
» Filter Content — swiftly restrict access to specific sites and set an individual filter level categorized by age
» Bed Time Limitation — when bedtime is reached, access is automatically turned off
» Pause the Internet — with just a tap, you can pause access to the web
» Insight — see where your family (or kids) spends their time online and even monitor the total time spent daily, weekly and even monthly!
For those of you who have pre-teens or teens who are glued to their devices – this device comes in very handy to solve this problem too! You can no encourage (if not enforce) a new routine that makes them spend less time on their gadget and do more real-time entertainment, outdoor/physical activities, or even spend some family time without any technological interruption.
Wondering if this device will slow down your Wi-Fi? Not at all! As far expenses, you only have to pay a one-time fee of $99 for the device. No additional payment needed. No subscription or software to install. It does, however, require that you have internet access (Wi-Fi) and to download the app on your phone for managing the settings and control.
If you ever feel the need to monitor your children’s or family’s activity whenever they’re not home, you can check out Circle Go – monthly subscription of $9.95 for a maximum of 10 devices. Circle Go offers the same settings for the devices you have and extends the features through 4G/LTE or when connecting to another Wi-Fi network.