Many parents face a common predicament when it comes to the time spent by their kids in front of the computer. They are in constant search for ways to control the PC time of their child.
While it’s not very easy to discipline a child who has been quite hooked to playing computer games, there’s one tool that parents can use to help them with their issue. The answer is a software that keeps track of computer usage. It allows parents to set which day and hours their child can use the PC at home.
There are many types available today at an affordable price. A 2012 review of this parental time control software products rated KidsWatch Time Management as the number one. The others in the Top 6 are iNet Protector, ComputerTime, iProtectYou, EyeTimer and Win Nanny. The ranking was based on the feature set, ease of use, ease of installation, technical support and time control effectiveness.
Common features of these software products include password controls, daily and weekly time limits, time restrictions, internet usage restrictions, warning messages, website specific access and temporary lockout of computer.
Microsoft users, however, can take advantage of the free Parental Controls feature at no additional cost. All that’s needed is to set up Parental Controls which can be done through the control panel. You have to make sure, though, that your PC is not connected to a domain to be able to use it.
Parents looking to use this kind of software should choose one that not only has many features but provides customer support in different ways such as through phone, email and online chat. This way, you can get help fast when you need it.
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