If you don’t have time to stand over your kids and police their activities, you may be interested in Circle parental control products, which allow you to be in control of what websites your children can access when they’re meant to be working. Have you ever sent them to the dinner table or to their rooms to get more homework done only to learn they’re binging on YouTube videos or getting sidetracked by TikTok hilarity? Circle controls can fix that.
Parents love the app’s Focus Time feature, which allows them to set designated school time slots in which anything that the child doesn’t require for school is blocked. The control is completely flexible so Focus Time can be set for those working at home to access Zoom and Slack, for example, but not videos.
You can even Pause the Internet to help kids wind down before bed or join in at mealtimes and chore times. This allows you to turn the internet off for specific family members so you can still use it for work even if the kids’ connection has been turned off.
You’ll only need one device for this setup and you’re able to choose your level of commitment. For the Circle app, there’s a free 14-day free trial, after which it costs $9.99 a month or $89.99 for the year.
You can also invest in Circle Home Plus, which includes the in-home device and app subscription with a three-month subscription costing $69 or a 12-month subscription costing $129 and you don’t need any technical knowledge to set it all up as there are step by step instructions on the Circle website.