You may have seen ads about Circle by Disney and wondered what this is and what it is all about. After our family looked into it, we decided to give it a try and see if it could help in our house. You may not be at the point in your house where you have multiple electronic devices that everyone is using at different times, but our house has iPhones, iPhone Touches, a kid’s computer, laptops and iPads that our kids are on throughout the day. Sometimes these are used for school assignments but sometimes it is just for fun. It can be next to impossible to manage all of these devices all the time. That is where Circle comes in and helps parents monitor all of these devices.
Summer is coming…I know parents don’t want their kids spending summer doing this:
At our house, we try to limit the amount of time our kids spend having screen time: television, iPads, games, computer…there are a lot of screens! On top of that, we want our kids to only have access to safe stuff and restrict online access. Circle helps with all this! Circle lets you manage content that your kids are exposed to AND the amount of time they spend online and on apps and games. And parents can manage it all from the Circle app on their phone.
This is what our app looks like on our phone. Each person has a different age setting: adult, teen, kid and Pre-k. And you can set time limits and bedtimes for each age. So lets say your preschooler grabs an iPad and wants to play a game after their bedtime. If they try to log into the iPad after their set time on Circle, they encounter this page:
Our family has had issues with managing time on devices. As hard as we work, it is really difficult and Circle is helping us really reign it all in. In addition to setting time limits and bedtimes, you can filter out things you don’t want kids to have access to as well as adults. While our kid’s setting doesn’t allow YouTube, the adult computers do so if they want to see an awesome Disney YouTube video, they can get permission from us to see it. This limits the chance of them clicking on something that we don’t want them to see.
Parents can also get an insight on each family member and device on what has been played and viewed. What exactly is your tween spending time doing on her phone? What is your preschooler’s favorite game? And how long did they spend on that game or app?
The Circle device is very small and non-intrusive. This is it (minus the box):
That’s it! Just that little white box and it can be anywhere in your house but of course, a central location is best for internet access. If you are interested in getting Circle for your family, you can purchase it from multiple locations including Amazon and Best Buy. You can also purchase directly from Circle by Disney online. All locations offer it for that same price of $99. If you want to read more about circle, visit the meetcircle website.
Start this summer off right by limiting kids screens and making management easy! We are loving how simple Circle has made this for us and how easy it is to adjust it from our phones. We highly recommend this system for families.
We did not receive any compensation for this review. All opinions are our own and offered by our own accord.