I cannot count the number of times I have shouted “Turn off the TV!” to my kids before they finally listen. Now I have BOB the Time Manager, and I don’t have to say a word. Bob is a small device that looks similar to a calculator that monitors and controls the hours your kids spend staring at the set. Simply plug your television, gaming system, or computer into BOB, which then plugs into any electrical outlet. You, the parent, are the “Master User” and the only one who can set and change the hours and time blocks allotted.
Your kids create 4-digit PIN numbers that must be entered before turning on the TV (BOB manages up to 6 users). You set time limits for each child either per day or per week. When that time is used up, the TV, video game or whatever it may be turns off automatically for the rest of the day or week with a 60-second warning of the impending shut-off.
You can also block out specific time periods throughout the day, such as right after school when homework or chores take priority, after you’ve gone to bed when the kids sneak in that extra Internet surfing, or on your night out when the kids have learned to bribe the babysitter to watch the late-night movie. What I like most about BOB is that it not only teaches your kids to budget their fun time but to genuinely appreciate it. We know how easy it is for kids (and admittedly we adults) to veg out in front of the TV the whole afternoon, not getting much out of it except for bug eyes. Knowing they have time restrictions, kids will more carefully select only their favorite programs and then truly enjoy them. It’ll probably take some getting used to…I initially set time limits by the week and my son, without thinking, used it all in one day! He was infuriated when he realized he couldn’t access BOB until the timer reset the following week. Ouch—pretty painful, but he sure learned fast especially since there’s no arguing with BOB.
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