Transcript for Can't get your kids off their devices? These automatic kill switches can help
face, how do manage screen time. Does setting limbs really help and how can you enforce them. Becky to the rescue. I hope so. I talked to a lot about kids and gadgets and one comment really struck me. A mom said I feel like I'm the screen police with my kids all the time. Well, what if a gadget could automate all those battles about devices and act like a kill switch. ?????? the sergeants like almost every family in America are trying to manage screen time. We're constantly trying to engage them, let's do this. Let's go here but they are so addicted to them they don't know how to come off them. Reporter: We asked them to do an experiment. If they could have unlimited time how much would they choose. What time do you planning going to bed? Whenever I fall asleep. Reporter: And finishing out with about five hours a day the entire family knew they needed help regulating their screen time. So they turned to circle with Disney, a $99 device and app that keeps tabs on usage across all of the kids' device, tablet, computers and gaming consoles and can disable access once they hit their allotted time. Circle has a licensing deal with our parent company, Disney. We are here to check in. Reporter: Once summer ended we asked them to keep a diary of how these imposed limits work. We have decreased the kids' time limits to an hour and a half. Reporter: While 4-year-old lily didn't seem to mind the new restrictions, the older boys. What? What do you think? It's horrible. Why? I don't like it. Because it limits you? Reporter: But Dr. Victoria dunckley says screen time matters especially during the school year. Kids with less than two hours a day have better grades and read more. Reporter: But for parent, Henry and Carly, there were fewer arguments with the kids because circle acts like an automatic kill switch. Since the new limits too, I find the kids doing other things like crafts, Wesley was at the counter reading his book and asking me to shop for more books. Reporter: After a few months of using the device we check in. Tell me about the experiment. How has it gone? They have limited screen time even more. Down to 30 minutes a day and restrict usage before school. Has it been less conflict and less management of all the timers? Absolutely. The best part about it is I'd say before the circle device we would remind them, you know, I'd be cooking dinner, Grayson, you have five minutes left. For 30 minutes, but now it just shuts down their computer. So you don't have to do any reminding. Reporter: Dr. Dunckley agrees, the battle can wear them out. It's exhausting and the kids get irritated as well. To have a tool likike that that helps you with something that a lot of people really struggle with was extremely helpful. Now, that was anecdotal. One family's experience. What we noted was for kids who use multiple device, computers, tablets, gaming console, circle works on all of these to keep track of time and then turn it off. You said gaming console. That means fortnite. You can do the kill switch on fortnite. Ooh. That's a good thing. All right, now a lot are concerned about the phone. If they use one device you have options. iOS 12 has parental controls built in and for android devices we like zift which is nice. It gives parents transparency so you can see they installed clash of plan, no problem but looked up information on violence, drug, self-harm and gives you real transparency and peace of mind. I know. We're trying. Parents need help. You can get a full list of
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