I first learned about the Circle by Disney with one of their ads, a video with a mom trying to control all of the devices and internet activity at her house. Something that every mom goes through these days unless she just doesn’t have the internet or tablets or smart phones or iPods or kindles, etc.
BTW- this is not a sponsored post, just my own opinion about something that made my life easier.
In our home, I was constantly finding kids on our iPad and or computer when it was time for chores or do homework. They would sneak off into their room and watch Netflix or play some game. It was so hard to keep on top of it. So after seeing the Circle ad and researching it a bit more I decided I wanted one. My husband purchased it for me on mother’s day and I have absolutely loved it!
Here’s how it works:
You set it up to your wireless network and basically it becomes your new wireless network. You download the app and sync up all the devices that are in your home. I have all my computers, smart phones, IPads, and ROKU’s on my circle app and I can CONTROL all of them! It is literally amazing.
Step 1- Follow the directions for the Circle to set it up to your wireless network. We had some technical difficulties but customer service was super helpful.
Step 2- Find the devices in your home and give them a profile. You can do this two different ways. If your child has their OWN device then you can make a profile for your child and give it the settings you want. If your child does not have their own device then you can make a profile for that device. Our family does not have their own devices, therefore I gave our devices profiles with appropriate settings. For instance, our iPad is used for all the kids at various times of the day, so I gave it it’s own profile.
Step 3- You set up each profile and what filters and settings you want for that profile. It comes with 4 preset settings, Pre-K, Kids, Teen, and Adult.
You can block or filter any website or app you want, all from your phone.
Step 4- Set up time limits for those profiles.
It will show you what sites your child has been on and how much time was spent on those sites. You can set time limits for those as well.
If I know that my son is using a device for school for 30 minutes, I can give it a time limit of 30 minutes. At the 30 minute mark, it will give you a time limit notice and will no longer connect to the internet
And you can add a bedtime so no worries about your child being on a device all night long!
I have LOVED my Circle and now they have Circle go with will work with your mobile devices. Seriously it’s a parent’s dream come true.