Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
Now here’s the real disclosure: I was sent this item for review in May, but actually bought one for myself as a holiday gift back in December at Best Buy. And, I have been recommending this tech to anyone who will listen, anyone with a child!
I usually hide it behind my desktop tower, but I brought it out to show you the general area that it is kept in, by my master computer.
Circle with Disney can help to manage all of your home’s connected devices.
Circle with Disney helps to manage all of your home’s connected devices. I cannot say this enough! With Circle, parents can filter content, limit screen time and set a bedtime for every device in the home. Time Limits offers the ability to limit daily screen time for platforms, apps, and categories, painlessly, until your child screams in despair for that 5th hour of Snapchat!
With Circle’s BedTime feature, no more asking every night for kids to get off their devices. When BedTime kicks in devices say goodnight all on their own.
Set individual filter levels for each family member that matches their age and interests. Do it once and it will apply to every one of their devices.
Yes, you actually get a pause button for the internet. Pause one of your kids because it’s time for homework or everyone because it’s game night. Either way, Circle has your back.
Circle Insights gives you the ability to compare time online today, last week, or even last month. Per site or by interest. You can even find out where you waste time the most.
Here is an example of what I learned about my son’s desktop usage this past week. I can see the specific app he is using, youtube. If you look at the picture above, you can see all the options I have regarding controlling his usage, his time limits, or disallow this app, perhaps after 9 p.m. . He may be 6’1, but he is just turning 14, and I have to be able to monitor what happens on the Internet with my under-aged child. For his protection and mine! He thinks he is mature and smart, but 14 year olds never are!
BUT WAIT! Last week my son said he would be home from school at 4. I was out at blog interviews when I got a notice that a new device had joined my home Internet at 3:10! I immediately raced home as I do not allow my teen to be home with a gang of friends alone. All of his friends know me and think I am a “cool” dad, so the only person this bothers is my son. And I don’t care, this is how I run my home. At the time I was surprised and did not take a screen shot, but I did get one when I got home to show you an example of what the alert looks like:
These alerts come direct to my phone no matter where I am, and enabled me to race home last week before the boys trashed my house!
And there is more with “Circle Go:”
Ever wish you could manage your kids’ devices wherever they went? Circle Go makes it possible. Circle Go takes all of the settings your kids’ devices have at home and extends them to 4G LTE and any other Wi-Fi network they join.
Now I can manage his phone when he is not home! I am a combination of amateur spy and full-time dad, so this add-on is fantastic! This is an added part of the review package I received and am thrilled that I get to monitor my son in the streets as well! He is always up to something and now I get to guide him through these next few years with even more help! No, not micro managing or being a helicopter parent, not at all! For example, I can set the level of Internet sites he is allowed to visit, when out of the house, at kid, teen, or adult. My son’s is set to teen! And when he breaks curfew I reset his device to Pre-K. I do this reset when he is out in the streets after curfew! DO NOT MESS WITH THIS PARENT!
Set up for the device is very easy. Also, the set up for the Circle Go app is also easy but please note: I have disabled my son’s ability to delete apps. He knows that I monitor his whereabouts and has tried to disable his location services, so I already know he would try the same with this app. I own the phone, so I enabled the restrictions that prevent him from deleting apps. If he is not happy with this he can get a job and pay for a new phone and the monthly charges!
In conclusion, this is the must have device for every parent! It is a new and tougher world out there with access to unbelievable amounts of information that needs to be monitored by parents so we can best help navigate our children safely through, to adulthood.
Every parent should be headed to Best Buy to pick up the Circle by Disney now. For more information, and to buy it on-line, visit BestBuy.com. And remember, I have been using this device for almost six months and find it to be a huge help in keeping my child safe!