Shut Up and Take My Money: Circle with Disney

By on June 3, 2016

shut_up_and_take_my_moneyAdding an extensive set of parental controls to any home Wi-Fi network, Circle with Disney is a Internet-connected device that lets parents filter content on devices within the home.

In addition, parents can limit the amount of time kids can access content as well as set a specific time when zero content can be accessed on the device, such as bedtime.

Tied to personal logins, the filter option include presets for Pre-K children, elementary school kids, teenagers and adults. Each of these options comes with a barrage of default settings, but each can be customized based off the child. Access to specific apps can be flipped on and off, Internet content can be filtered by category, access to specific sites can be cut off and advertising can be blocked completely.

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In addition to cutting off access at specific times, Circle includes a pause button that can completely cut off all access in the home or it can be set by device. This feature is ideal for family time, such as meals. Regarding bedtime access limits, each device will offer up a splash page to send them back to bed until access is restored in the morning.

On top of the content filtering, Circle also tracks usage and offers up data summaries such as the length of time users utilize devices. The data summaries break down usage by app as well as time spent on each site. Users can compare usage data over time, specifically against the previous day, week or month. The data also includes a list of sites visited as well as a list of sites that were filtered by the device.

You can check out a video of the device below as well as mulitple pictures. It currently sells for $99 at retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Target and the Disney Store.

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About Mike Flacy

By day, I'm the Editor-in-Chief for The CheckOut in addition to being the content manager for Steve's Digicams and High-Def Digest. During my free time, I love to write about pop culture, home theater, digital photography, social media, mobile technology and cool gadgets!

One Comment

  1. Doug Dingle

    June 3, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    No mention of whether it sends all that data it gathers back to Disney.

    And a question: Can this thing be set up to just block all ads without the other filtering it provides? Now THAT would be a cool box for $99.

    And yes, I understand the Internet has devolved to being fully ad supported, but as always, the pigs at the trough have overreached and cram ads into every available nook and cranny and I already see users getting totally fed up with it. That’s not even mentioning how many viruses and other attacks including ransomware are now downloaded by unsuspecting people clicking on ads because in their naked greed for clicks, sites don’t bother doing the most basic checks for ad integrity. Having a global ad blocker is what they deserve.

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