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  • Writer's pictureBrittany Van Vliet

Technology Can be a parents friend...


iPhone Screen Time with your Family Sharing Account-

Confused about iOS 12’s Screen Time feature? If so, you are not alone! We get quite a few questions and emails everyday about how to use this feature. In particular, many parents (and grandparents or guardians) want to know how to use Screen Time for keeping track of their children’s iDevice use. Since many of these families also share a Family Apple Account, it's fairly straight forward to configure.

With the release of iOS 12 came a handy new feature called Screen Time. This tool allows you to see how much time you are spending on your device and with which apps. Also, you can setup restrictions, downtime, and limits on specific apps.

Along with managing your own screen time, you can monitor that of your children and enable restrictions for them as well. For everything you need to know, contact us and we will help you set it up.

Parental Router Settings-

As a parent, you value your time, and you probably don't want to spend that valuable time going through every one of your child's internet-connected devices to apply parental controls. It could take forever, especially if your kid has a cellphone, iPad, iPod touch, Nintendo DS, Kindle, and so on. 

When you block a site at the router, the block is effective across all the devices in your home, including yours. If you can successfully block access to a site such as YouTube, for example, at the router level, then it is blocked on all the devices in the home, no matter what browser or method is used in an attempt to access it.

We can set up your router so that you can have full access to the internet, and your children have the access your comfortable with. Below are some routers that are programmable. Call us for details on setup.

Netgear AC1750 Smart Wifi Router-

  • AC1750 Wi-Fi - 450+1300 Mbps speeds and high-power external antennas.

  • One USB 3.0 Port and one USB 2.0 Port.

  • 4Gb Ethernet ports.

  • NETGEAR genie App assists users to create a connected home.

  • Remote access.

  • Beamforming focuses the Wifi signals from the wireless router to Wi-Fi devices.

  • ReadyCLOUD USB Access allows you to enjoy personal and secure cloud access to USB storage.

  • Advanced Quality of Service (QoS).

  • Parental Controls filter content and websites on all connected devices.

The Netgear AC1750 Smart Wifi Router is great at delivering internet speed of up to 1750 Mbps with the help of its three high-powered antennas. It also delivers great range and is able to support up to 12 devices simultaneously. The Wifi signal is strengthened with its Beamforming technology---this focuses the signal to the connected device.

The device works with the Netgear Genie app. This makes the installation and setup much easier. Thereafter, it gives any parent the ability to manage their home network; this includes filtering content and applies time limits from any connected device (PC, Mac, Android and iOS).

Linksys EA6900 AC1900 Wifi Router-

  • The Simultaneous Dual Band allows speed to go up to N600 Mbps (2.4 GHz) + AC1300 Mbps (5.0 GHz) speeds

  • One USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port to print, share and store content.

  • Three adjustable external antennas provide maximum range.

  • Dual Core 800Mhz CPU for fast processing.

  • 4Gb ports to connect wired devices.

  • Includes Linksys Smart Wi-Fi for easy CD free set-up, remote network management, parental control and app-enabled networking.

  • Beamforming technology enables a great and stable connection.

  • DLNA certified for home media management.

The Linksys EA6900 AC1900 Wifi Router is a router with parental control that provides great speed (400 Mbps) and coverage. Although it is meant to be used with multiple devices and it has great load balancing, the connection will be unstable if it is overloaded. The router parental controls are great and off the charts, because it is constantly updated. These parental controls (including content filtering, time limits and communication monitoring) and the router settings can be managed locally or remotely via the Linksys Smart Wifi cloud service. Any changes made takes effect in real time (no delays have been reported).

Keeping electronics in a family oriented place...

This is a rule we implement in our home. Having three boys ( 2 being almost teens) can sometimes be hard to keep track of. So When the boys aren't using their electronic devices they leave them in the kitchen, that is also where they charge them at night. I try to take distractions away from their main goals; homework, family meals, chores, and sleep. But when free time is available, we have the router settings and the iPhone screen time app to help us guide them in the right direction.


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