Frustrated getting your kids to log off the internet? My wife and I have been looking for a solution like the one WebCurfew offers. My boys are 14 and 15 years old, and I’m not ashamed to admit that we have big problems getting them to disconnect, on their computers or phones, when we want them to.
WebCurfew gives parents the ability to selectively turn off some of the internet connections, on a device by device basis, in a household at the source of the connection – their wifi router. It’s is a near-daily battle for us to get our kids offline – either to come to dinner, go to bed or just do something other than online gaming or watching YouTube videos. Even if the kids are doing nothing wrong they need a break some times.
According to WebCurfew’s website:
“WebCurfew is a web-based internet control service that identifies every internet-enabled device in your home that uses your home internet connection thereby allowing you to grant or deny individual internet access privileges for every one of those devices.”
Users (parents) can control WebCurfew from anywhere they have an internet connection, inside the house or remotely. The basic version of the software is free, but for users willing to pay $4.99 per month, timers can be utilized to turn connections on and off at scheduled times.
There is no software to download. Parents establish an account and set a password, then are asked to identify their router. Once the router is located, parents can control the signal to each device in their home, and keep control of it, provided the kids don’t get the password.
I’m looking forward to using WebCurfew. Parents who are also in our boat should check it out.
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