The Internet is a scary place. You’re constantly bombarded with some odd stuff, foul language, and sometimes unsavory images. It can be a pretty weird place, and that’s just for adults! When it comes to kids and internet it’s almost overwhelming.
First, screen addiction is a real thing. If you don’t believe that, try giving your kid an iPhone then having a conversation with them. You could literally tell them the house is on fire and they wouldn’t even move their eyes away from the screen to check (I’ve actually tested this out). Kids spending way too much time on the internet can be terrible for their relationship-building skills, their eyes can strain to the point of vision issues, and they may accidentally dive into a site that you just don’t want them to see yet.
But there is a company that is looking to eliminate all the worry. The coolest part? It’s a company backed by Disney! Meet Circle.
The goal behind Circle is simple, the goal of Circle is to help you manage your home’s Internet, so that it’s optimized for child use. Because you’re not going to stop children from ever using the Internet.
There are numerous features to Circle, but my favorites are the ability to totally pause the Internet and the ability to set timers on the how long your children are online. The first is incredible for obvious reasons. You can now have distracted free dinners with the kids. The second is awesome for a reason you might not realize. If you can control how long a child has Internet access, you can set up situations where they can earn more. Not only can you offer a cash allowance, but now they can do chores for more Internet. I find that to be genius!
For more details on what Circle can do check out the video below:
If you’re interested in getting your home all setup to handle the stresses of Internet you can buy a Circle here. They are relatively cheap, considering how much stress free protection they provide your family.