So, last night I held the power. And it was awesome.
I was downloading the Circle Disney app and setting up each family member’s profile and trying to decipher which device went with which person.
After that, I selected what is allowed and what is not allowed as far as where the girls can go on the internet. I could even limit their time on certain sites. THEN, I was able to choose a wake-up time and a bedtime for the devices. Awesome! You can totally put these devices to bed. Amazing. I chose 7 am wake-up and 9pm bedtime. I mean, 9:00 seems plenty late enough to put the devices to sleep, so I clicked “Done” and sat back in the chair, happy that I had a little bit of control as far as how long the kids can watch brainless youtube videos or how long they can listen to music at night.
I didn’t realize it was 8:56pm when I finished setting up this circle app business. So four minutes later, whaddayaknow?
Molly: “MOM, my laptop just shut off.”
Ruby: “MOM, why did my music stop? I don’t understand.”
So there we were all in the living room, happy as can be.
Oh wait, that was me sitting in the living room happy as can be. They were in the living room as unhappy as can be. I was totally loving having all the power. And the power isn’t available only when the device goes to sleep. I can press “pause” on any device activity at any time. The power! I’ve got it with the Circle App.
So today we went to church, ate lunch at JJ’s Redhots and came home, where the girls found their devices to listen to music or watch those brainless youtube videos. I’ve set the time limit to an hour, so pretty soon I imagine I will see them gather in the living room to figure out what in the world I have done now to mess up their life! ha! I don’t feel bad at all about any of this. I find it thrilling, actually.
So parents, if you want to feel like you have a tiny bit of control as it relates to these devices that we all love to hate, then check out Circle! So far, I am impressed! Power to the Parents!!!!!!