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Managing the Media Mess: Easily Controlling Entertainment Consumption

Managing the Media Mess: Easily Controlling Entertainment Consumption

For many parents, managing their families' screen time seems like their own personal Vietnam, an endless quagmire of a conflict from which they can't extricate themselves. It isn't all about objectionable content either. Sure, shows such as The Walking Dead and American Horror Story bring explicitly violent content right to your couch - not to mention the sexual stuff on Shameless and Game of Thrones - but sheer exposure alone can have a negative impact.

Picture the scene. It's after dinner, and the four-year-old is tapping away at Toca Boca apps on the communal iPad. The seven-year-old is sunk deep into a Minecraft community server. Who knows what the fifteen-year-old is perusing on his smartphone behind that locked bathroom door? It's easy to see how children rack up anywhere from six-and-a-half to nine hours of screen time a day, isn't it? Oh, and don't forgot Mom and Dad, who are respectively browsing fashion vlogs and the front page of The Wall Street Journal. Research indicates that the average adult indulges in over nine hours of screen time daily--only an hour of which is related to work!

So what's a concerned parent to do? It's hard to control consumption or content when everything rides the broadband cable right into your home. Yes, screening options exist - everything from free Internet filters to Christian Internet filters, Netflix parental controls and iPad parental controls, Steam restrictions and Battle.net blockers. The issue isn't availability, though; it's time and flexibility. Few parents' schedules allow them to tamper with each and every hardware and software on-ramp to the World Wide Web (which can number in the dozens for the typical household), not to mention the necessary technical mojo. And what if an adult wants to access a certain site that might prove inappropriate for little eyes? Suppose the issue involves overindulging in an otherwise acceptable activity? Ever think about how useful it would be for parents to automatically block out Hulu or Roblox when homework time rolls around each evening? Sadly, most Internet filters provide rigid solutions that are difficult to implement.

That's not the case with Router Limits. Our easy-to-install routers make flexible family-friendly Internet an everyday reality. Start with the router itself. Whereas many routers end up bound to a particular Internet service provider (ISP), Router Limits works no matter how you get your Internet. It can replace your existing router or simply plug into it. Rename it to match the current router name, and it's already firing on all cylinders. The only thing left to do is program it to do exactly what you want.

The word "program" might strike fear into the hearts of anyone who has tried to set a digital video recorder or (if you're really old) a VCR. Scrambled settings, Byzantine user interfaces, unpredictable results--the list of difficulties could stretch on. Router Limits, though, combines easy functionality with customization. Want to block all pornographic sites with the press of a button? You can do that. Want to cut off the Xbox's connectivity starting at eight o'clock on weeknights, but leave the smart TV connected? You can do that. Want to review actual usage and see if someone's trying to access restricted sites? You can do that. Indeed, Router Limits is the family-friendly Internet filter that respects both your wishes and schedule.