Computer use past blocked time

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We have three children, and one feature that is important to us is the ability to block times. We have the schedule set to block the Internet at 9 pm each night. After 9 pm, they cannot go to a new website or launch Spotify, so this function works as designed. However, if the children are logged into a site, playing a game, for example, they are able to continue playing the game well past 9 pm, as long as they don't close the webpage or the laptop. Similarly, if they are listening to music on Spotify, they can continue listening to music indefinitely as long as the laptop remains open. 

This results in some odd behavior in our home. Our children don't have cell phones, so after 9 pm, they'll remain sitting next to the laptop with earbuds in, or they'll carry the open laptop around with them into the bathroom or while preparing food in the kitchen, for example, just so they can continue listening to Spotify, as though the open laptop were an MP3 player. 

Our MacBooks have a "sleep" function in the Energy Saver section of System Preferences, but it is ineffectual in practice because the user can simply click "Cancel" on a pop-up window to bypass the sleep time. 

You're probably aware of this issue. This email is just to share with you that the ability to continue to use an open application past the blocked time is a loophole that my wife and I would really like to see fixed in future versions of Covenant Eyes. If there is already a fix for this, please let us know. 
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Kevin John Zimmerman

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Posted 6 months ago

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Hello Kevin, 
      Thank you for posting! You are correct--Covenant Eyes' Blocked Times feature isn't able to completely disable internet access for websites that have already established a connection. I will submit your feedback to our development team stating your request for a resolution. 

      Additionally, I investigated a few resources that may interest you:

1) Enable Screen Time
Screen Time is Apple's free, device-built-in parental controls. Screen Time is available on Apple mobile devices (iPhone and iPad)  and Mac (you must be running the latest version of MacOS). I'd especially like to point out Screen Time's ability to set App Limits. App Limits can help limit your children's time on Spotify, as well as other apps. Want to learn more about Apple's free parental controls? Check out Apple's support article, "Use Screen Time on your Mac."

 Tips for using Screen Time & Covenant Eyes:
  • Add the Covenant Eyes app to the Always Allowed section of Screen Time to ensure Covenant Eyes is always monitoring your child's device.
  • Set up Family Sharing through Apple to easily access and streamline your desired Screen Time settings for all your kids' devices. 

2) Sign up for Circle with Disney

      Disney created a service that empowers parents to set internet time limits. To learn more, check out their website:

Tips for using Circle with Disney & Covenant Eyes:
  • If you purchase a Circle device, you may need to white-list Covenant Eyes' IP addresses and other information.
  • For additional information on Circle with Disney, read Protect Young Eyes' article: "Circle With Disney."

I hope this helps,