I looking at the new and, in my opinion, screwed up parental controls page, I actually played with some of the controls I normally do not use, just to see if they changed as well.
One of the options allows you to select a pre-filled out time grid. You have the options, that are kind of self-explanatory, of:
- Weekends only (all weekend hours)
- Friday and weekends only (which is really Friday after 3pm, so after school)
- After school and weekends (3-6pm daily and weekends)
- After 6pm and weekends (6pm to midnight daily and weekends)
- After 3pm and weekends (3pm to midnight daily and weekends, i.e. sleep, go to school, play WoW life)
- Break Time
None of those are particularly useful to me. They would allow my daughter to play much more WoW than we would want. But that is why I am annoyed by the new parental time control grid, because we dole out time in much smaller increments when we feel it is appropriate.
Now you will notice that I did not explain the option “Break Time.” The others were, as I said, somewhat comprehensible by their description. You knew what to expect, if not in full detail.
So I had to see what that last time template offered.
Essentially, “Break Time” sets a pattern of regular two and a half hour play slots, each broken up by a 30 minute break.
This limits you to 20 hours of play a day and makes you step away from the computer at least every three hours.
I’m just wondering who would find this sort of schedule useful.
That is way too much play time to be allowed a child and way too regulated for any normal person that I know to follow and be aware of. I would, I am sure, constantly be logging on to play about 10 minutes before break time.
Would you find this useful? Do you know somebody who would?