I noticed my son started playing his tablet way beyond the allocated time, only to find out that he can get out of parental control mode by doing something in the game Minecraft, which allows him to watch videos on the Web browser (which is supposed to be disabled on his profile). The only way to stop him is to turn the Internet off so he can't watch anything).
I don't want to remove Minecraft as it's his favourite game, but I need to restrict his screen time.
@Mister: I have been critisized before for asking the question, but I will dare to ask it again. Have you considered talking to your son and explaining that he has a simple choice. Follow your rules or lose the device. Forever?
It seems a simple, binary "honour your parent or not" thing. Perhaps i am too binary and see no "grey" between "do as I command because I am your parent".
I hop there are acceptable/reasonable technical solutions available/offered to you. I, for one and one only, go with the "obey me or risk the wrath of the wombat" :)
I contacted Minecraft developers, but they have a month backlog of requests to get through before they'll respond.
By chance I bought a Mesh wifi network in the Amazon Prime Day sale, which has excellent Parental Controls (previously had virgin media hub which is near useless), so his device goes on pause every time he takes liberties.
I have of course had words with him, but there's something about a machine telling him his time is up that seems to create less moaning!
Screen time is my biggest power to make him do things (tidy, homework etc), so I have to use it wisely.
Firstly good to be advised about alternative wifi networks that provide you with the services you actually need - I'm sure many a parent will be thanking you for this note! (Perhaps a few kids will be knocking you off their Christmas Card list :) )
Secondly, and personally, thank you for reminding me that for "carrot and stick" to work you need a carrot :) I think I need to be reminded often that there are far better parents out there than I would ever be who get how to do the parenting thing :) Thank you for gently reminding me, correctly, that I should frequently assume that people are smarter, better and kannier than me :) (If only I could spell kanny.)
Safe travels :) CW
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