January 23, 2018

ComputerTime – Parental Monitoring Software

One of our children would spend 24 hours a day on the computer, if we let him. Obviously, this is not a healthy thing! So we started searching for some parental monitoring software to limit his (and all the kids) computer time, and we found a few programs that looked like they would work. As we started digging deeper, however, we discovered that most of the programs had to be loaded on one computer, and if you had multiple computers on a home network, they wouldn’t keep track of their time across computers. In other words, our ingenious little hacker could use up all his time on one computer then move over to another. Including my work computer, we have 7 computers in our house. This would not work.

Then we stumbled across ComputerTime, a program from a company called Software Time. This parental monitoring software was different in that you would load it on every computer, but there was one “master computer” that held the database of users (kids) and all of their limits, etc. In order for the child to use a computer, he has to put in his username and password, and the computer that he’s on checks the master computer for his time limits, and whether he’s used up his daily allocated time. If he has, he can’t get on – even if he tries another computer, same result. This was the only software we could find that worked this way.

For us, this was a no-brainer. The software costs $50 last time I checked, and it has totally taken away the parental monitoring problems we’ve had in the past. (For $40 you can get a single computer license, but for $10 more you can get it for all of your computers). This is the beauty of this software.

There are many options that the software has that makes it very customizable and user-friendly. A few features are as follows:

  • Ability to set different limits each day, by hour, in 15 minute increments.
  • Ability to set a “per session limit”, so for instance they can only be on for an hour, then they have to be off for an hour. Those periods of time are totally configurable.
  • You can make it so they have a daily limit, for instance 3 hours per day.
  • They have a thing called “time tokens” that you can give them an instant token, that kind of overrides all of their settings and gives them some time to use whenever they want. You can also set up some tokens and print out a list that you can give the kid a number off of so that he can enter it at any time to use his “special token”.

This is a very cool software program, and it’s helped to keep the peace and control the computers in our house totally. If you’ve got several computers and kids that use them, this is the software for you. Click here to learn more about ComputerTime.

Note: This software does not limit the websites that a child can view! In order to do that, you need to get a program like K-9 or Safe Eyes. Click here to read our review of Safe Eyes. It’s the one we use at our house, and it works great!

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Matt is the parent (along with his wife Julie) to five wonderful kids. He has been self-employed for 25+ years and is the owner of the Parenting Allies website.

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