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NETGEAR Smart Parental Controls™ service was named a CES® 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree in the software and mobile apps category. The service helps parents manage their children’s time online across all their connected devices while promoting safe and healthy screen time habits.

“The ability to focus is the most critical skill that parents can develop in their children,” said Nir Eyal, the critically acclaimed author of ‘Hooked’ and ‘Indistractable’. Parents have used Nir’s recommendations as a framework to help build discipline and healthy practices when using technology.

NETGEAR Smart Parental Controls helps by providing detailed information about internet usage that can be used to discuss and setup boundaries about internet and media usage between parents and children. As the world continues to work, learn, and entertain from home, children are more engaged than ever with their devices and screens by scrolling through social media, online gaming, and even schooling.

Smart Parenting Controls panel from the Orbi Mesh WiFi mobile application.

NETGEAR Smart Parental Controls is a simple way for parents to manage, monitor, and control the content their young children and teens see online. Best-in-class technology creates an efficient management system to supervise the children across all their devices and manage both content and time online.

In this connected world where screen addiction is a growing concern, Smart Parental Controls provides the data for parents and their kids to have a healthy discussion on screen time and build long term skills to manage their online activities.

Smart Parental Controls provides all the tools to create schedules that automatically shut down online access, setup time-limits for addictive applications or a specific category of applications such as online gaming, social media, shopping, etc. The application works across WiFi or mobile connections to ensure that rules and policies are applied even when devices are off the home WiFi network. Coupled with the My Time app, children can also self-manage by viewing the remaining time they can spend online and see an overview of the established internet policies set by their parents. The app will even send a warning push notification 30 minutes before the scheduled bedtimes.

As a simple solution to unplug from the always-on connected world, Smart Parental Controls provides several key features for the modern family, including:

● Profiles –– Create custom profiles for your children and connect all of their connected devices to this profile for easy management.
● Pause –– Take a break. Using one tap to pause your entire internet for one individual device or for all of the children’s connected screens.
● Usage –– Get an overview of your children’s internet activity across their connected devices.
● History —Take a look at every website they visited on a given day or as far back as you’d like.
● Filter* –– Easily select the most age-appropriate content filters. Use our recommended pre-set filter or customize it to fit the needs of your family.
● Time Limits* –– Set a limit and step away from the screen. Limit daily internet time for specific websites, apps or categories such as online gaming, social media, video streaming and more.
● Bedtime* –– Schedule a bedtime for children’s devices and encourage healthy sleep schedules.
● Rewards* –– Motivate and inspire by rewarding good behavior with more screen time for favorite games or set a later bedtime for a sleepover.
● Off Time* –– Schedule internet Off Time during dinner or family gatherings. No need to take away a device from the children.
● My Time App* —The kids’ companion app, My Time, empowers you by eliminating the need for spontaneous bribes and provides more guidance for your children by letting them see an overview of established internet rules that have been set by the parents.

Currently, NETGEAR offers Circle Parental Controls on most of our products, NETGEAR Smart Parental Controls provides further integration via the Orbi app and is expected to be available in a phased manner across Orbi WiFi Mesh systems and Nighthawk WiFi 6 products. The basic service is included and Premium with additional features includes a subscription fee of $69.99 annually or $7.99 a month after the free 30-day trial.

* Only available with a NETGEAR Smart Parental Controls Premium subscription, $69.99/year or $7.99/month after a 30-day free trial, no credit card required for trial.

Abhay Bhorkar
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