The internet….an amazing invention that is still constantly evolving and never ceases to amaze us.
As we sit on the brink of “The Internet of Things” taking over our lives and modern warfare not just being fought on the ground or air but in the form of hacking over the web, one thing never changes….our kids will still need protecting.
Since its inception, the internet has posed a threat to the innocence of children. From the adult nature of some websites to the total connection to the world that sometimes children just shouldn’t see at certain ages. The thought as a parent of having to police access to the internet seems daunting and almost impossible to some, but a group of individuals think they have found the answer.
The guys over at Elameno Inc have created the Circle, a clever little device which can be used as a smart filter to the outside world. It’s a neat little box which just needs power and connects to your router wirelessly. Circle acts as a WiFi client for all devices on the managed network, sending out network packets to each connected device, informing them to send all packets back to Circle.
Here’s what Circle does;
SMART FILTER: Ensure only age/user-appropriate content reaches your kids by setting individual filtering levels by category for each device on your network.
With an amazing array of tools for any parent bringing up their child in the digital age, Circle really does provide control and protection from the Internet. These guys have even thought about your cunning children unplugging the device to disable the filter, basically just installing an internal battery to carry on supplying power to the unit which is charged while on the mains. It can’t be turned off, disconnected from the router or manipulated without the main iOS app.
Circle couldn’t be easier to set up with a pairing button to connect it to the network and allow the app to control the box which then allows you to begin setting up your household’s security.
This same app provides all the data to the parent supplying information like what sites your users are on real-time and how long they have been using the internet and individual websites. The app allows management of each user separately allowing different settings for each and even setting safe modes on parents devices which some kids may pick up.
More features of the app;
- User Profiles (includes user activity, devices & individual reports)
- Device Profiles (includes profile & user information)
- Time Management (per device & user profile)
- Device Modes (Bedtime & Safe)
- Network Pause Mode – when you just want to turn the internet off
- Guest Devices
We at TheTechSpy believe in giving the children of today all the access they need to flourish, but it does need to be policed and this device over at Kickstarter does just that. These devices are not available for shipping until August 2014 and are starting at a princely $175 on an early bird pledge, but we think they are worth the wait and most parents should invest in one.
As much as we trust our children, most will attempt to break the rules and pull the wool over their parents eyes….it’s what they are good at…. we have all done it, it’s just the CIRCLE of life.