If you're concerned your child may be spending too much time online -- or you don't want her to use the Internet when you're either asleep or away from home -- this type of software offers a solution. It allows you to set limits on how much time your child spends on the computer or online. You can also use time-limiting software to set the time of day children can go online or use the computer.
By using a time-limiting tool, you can restrict your children's access to the Internet to times when you can be there to supervise -- and a parent's eye is the most precise judge of content available. That can reduce the need your family might have for a tool that limits access to content. But, if you're not able to closely supervise your children's time online even with a time-limiting tool, then your ability to make sure that they don't access inappropriate content is obviously less effective.
One of the strongest attributes of time-limiting tools is that they can give you control of your children's online access by ensuring that they're supervised. And as long as that's the case -- as long as all of their access is supervised -- then control is firmly in your hands.
Because these tools help you control the time your kids spend online, changes in the content of the Internet don't affect them. Time-limiting tools are totally scalable.
Physical safety protections
Time-limiting tools by themselves offer no protection for physical safety. However, if time limiting tools are combined with careful parental supervision, parents can address this concern.
These tools don't restrict the functionality of the Internet at all; they only restrict the times at which kids can be online.