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    Default Parental control for screen time. Any reviews?

    I am looking to get something to limit screen time across devices in my house. I was looking into Circle by Disney, but it appears that its a device plugged into our router, and the minute I fall asleep, they will just unplug it. Any thing anyone can refer for me?
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    Change the wifi password on a regular basis. Admittedly I have never changed my password bc I have no idea how to do that, but I think it's probably the most foolproof way to shut down access.
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    Apple devices can be controlled with the new screen time feature in the settings. We have that set up for the kids.. we have downtime set where it is locked out as well as individual app limits.
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    Yeah, change the password. If you don’t know how, ask the kids to show you! It won’t stop them hanging out at McDonald’s for the free wifi or any other hot spot for that matter.
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    I can’t just change the password. Everything in my house works on WiFi. I just want it shut down at a certain time so everyone is forced to get off and sleep. And not all items are apple products.
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    Unplug and hide the router?
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    Did anyone else have parents back in the day who would attempt to control TV watching by removing and hiding one of the tubes? I used to be such a whiz at diagnosing which tube(s) was/were missing. I had the whole thing memorized and knew exactly what I was looking for.
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    edited:
    sorry, missed the issue entirely (screens off when it's bedtime) They were tired as dogs next day so we talked about why they need sleep, why looking at a screen in the dark is not too healthy and collected devices a couple of times. Also, this way they can charge their phones... (no cables in bed!) They are bright kids, it didn't take long, epecially when they realized getting up is easier this way

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    I donít know how it works but I know my best friendís Wi-Fi is set on a timer and shuts off at a certain hour. You can always plug your laptop to the modem though.
    i would just take their phones away and given them back in the morning.
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    Can you maybe have to WIFI log-ins? My provider gives me the possibility to have to access, one for guests and one regular one. That way you could give your kids the guest log-in and control the password / shut down time without having to change every other device from having access?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    i would just take their phones away and given them back in the morning.
    this is probably the only way other than doing the screen time thing suggested above. take away wifi and then the data gets used.
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    Yep, take all devices to your room when you go to bed. That is the only way to shut it all down. I had to do it at times.
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