It’s a good thing to have if you can accurately account for the time spent on an app or site. However, this is hard to do on the router. Because the router only sees network traffic, it doesn’t know whether an app was actively used. The Facebook app has a lot of background activities, so tracking usage at the router can easily over count time spent.
An app on the smart phone itself, however, can see when Facebook is actively used.
It’s a challenge to account for active usage at the router. More likely than not, you end up over counting usage and annoy the child, which might lead to disputes.
Our general advice is, instead of monitoring a child’s every move, parents should spend more time communicating and building trust. Technology can only play a secondary role. Our initial motivation for building this product was to make parental control less restrictive, not more. We wanted to build something parents love, but children don’t hate.
Yeah, but i have a problem if my son spend more than 1 hours a day on facebook at my home pc when i’m not at home. I can not control it unfortunately. I haven’t this problem on his smartphone because i can set limit time there.
Set limit time on site like instagram or especially youtube (listening music at night when we sleep) would be a great thing to implement on the router.
For this reason many developers have create app like “StayFocus” “Appblock” and hundreds like that, only for to solve this problem.
@casino Thanks for the suggestion. We won’t be able to implement this in the short term. In the meanwhile, you may try some workarounds.
For example, if it is possible to schedule a one hour window for some sites, create a calendar with a one hour window. The child will only be able to access those sites within the scheduled window.
If on-demand access is desired, you may create a calendar with no allowed time slots. So normally, the child won’t be able to access the sites. When access is requested, you can use the Calendar time extension function to temporarily allow access for the desired amount of time.
@casino Due to the technical complexities involved in accurately accounting for active usage time (vs. background network activity), this is not actively worked on currently. We’ll update here if the status changes. Thanks!