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DinnerTime app review: control your child's online activities

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Introduction

It seems like parents can't be careful enough when it comes to monitoring their child's Internet activities nowadays. The DinnerTime app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone gives parents the ability to monitor, manage, and control their child's Internet activities right from their mobile device. This means you don't have to be in the same room as your child to still feel as though you have control, giving parents peace of mind and flexibility. The app is set up both on the parent's device as well as the child so you essentially have remote capabilities.

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DinnerTime (Parental App)

Free

Parents Have Peace of Mind

Parents will be able to have peace of mind when it comes to their child’s Internet activities thanks to the DinnerTime app. This app makes it possible for parent's to completely manage their child's activities even if the child is in a different room. That means you won't have to be standing next to them peering over their shoulder as you watch what they do. The app even gives parents the ability to link up a maximum of two of your child's devices to it.

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The app requires iOS 7.0 or later to use and in its most recent update it became optimized for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It also now has improved stability making for a smoother customer experience. Unfortunately for all of the good intentions this app has it doesn't quite seem to be hitting the mark. It has just 2.5 out of five stars from users. Keep in mind you'll want to visit the www.dinnertimeapp.com website first to see which child's devices are actually supported, as it seems some users were not aware of the fact it doesn't support them all.

You can control up to two different devices
You can control up to two different devices

Features of the App

When you launch the app you will link your kids’ device to yours through your phone number. The app offers four features which are the dinner time functionality which pauses online activity for the amount of time the parent has set (up to two hours), the bed time feature where you can set a start and end time to an activity, the take a break functionality which gives parents the ability to pause an activity for a set time (of up to 24 hours), and the ability to share the control that the app offers with another parent.

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The user interface is simple to move through and use with the tools well within reach at all times.

There are limited features and tools
There are limited features and tools

DinnerTime (Parental App)

Free

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • The app provides parents with the ability to control their child’s online activities
  • Parents will decide when it’s time for kids to take a break and for how long
  • The app is easy to navigate
  • You can control up to two of your child's devices

Cons

  • Not all devices are supported by the app

Final Words

The DinnerTime app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone is meant to provide parents with the tools they need to control their child’s online activities but unfortunately this one fails to hit the mark in a number of areas.

DinnerTime (Parental App)

Free
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