Scheduling Screen Time

Jan 08, 2016

Generally, parents are aware that their children are using technology excessively.  Tweens and teens use it for watching TV, researching for school, chatting and connecting, and sharing details of their lives. If you feel overwhelmed managing your child’s screen time you are not alone.  According to The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens, 8 to 12-year olds are averaging nearly six hours a day on entertainment media and 13- to 18-year olds average nine hours (excluding screen time for school & homework).  Whether your child is a heavy entertainment viewer, a social media networker, is a gamer, a reader, or a light user; they need help managing their time. The good news however is that parents who are actively involved in their kids’ media lives help them consume less of it and make better choices.

All family members need to disengage with devices – parent’s included.  Net Nanny’s parental control software allows parents to limit screen time and even pause the Internet during designated hours such as the dinner hour, homework time, and when your child should be sleeping.

For parents who have questions about scheduling time controls, we’ve provided and easy step-by-step process on how to set it up.

Scheduling

Restrictions (Time Controls):

Internet access can be managed for specific days or times of day.

  1. Using your administrator credentials, log on to the Net Nanny administration console. (http://admin.netnanny.com)
  2. Select the User for which you want to specify usage times.
  3. Click Scheduling.
  4. To specify hours and days to block Internet access, position your mouse pointer over the beginning hour and day, then click and drag to the ending hour and day.
  5. To specify hours and days to allow Internet access, click and drag over blocked hours to change the shading from red to dark green. TIP: A quicker way to set allowed hours is to click Block All, then click and drag over the hours for which you want to allow Internet access.
  6. If you need to clear the schedule and start over, click Reset. The schedule is removed and all days and hours are shaded in light green.

Allowance (Time Allowance):

  1. Net Nanny allows administrators to impose a time allowance on the total amount of hours that users are allowed to access the Internet per day or week.
  2. Using your administrator credentials, log on to the Net Nanny administration console. (http://admin.netnanny.com)
  3. Select the User for which you want to specify usage times.
  4. Click Scheduling.
  5. Select the time allowance scope you want to configure (Weekly Time Allowance or Daily Time Allowance).
  6. Do one of the following:
  • To quickly select a time allowance, drag the slider button to the left or right.
  • For finer control, click the increment buttons to adjust the time allowance in quarter-hour increments.