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BOB - Screen Time Manager - Manage Your TV Time & Video Game Time

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  • Manage the time your children spend watching TV and playing video games. End the constant "TURN OFF THAT TV!" battle.
  • Personal PIN access for every family member (up to 6 child accounts and 1 parent master account).
  • Weekly or daily time management. Time reporting for every user.
  • Time-period blocking to prevent device use at certain times of the day. (Up to five blocks per user for any or all days of the week. Maximum of 35 blocks per user per week.)
  • Quickly add bonus time or remove time from any user without changing their regular allotment.
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.5 x 3.5 inches ; 4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000GU78UY
  • Item model number: BOB1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 19, 2005

Product Description

TV Timer BOB helps parents manage and monitor the time their children spend using the TV and playing Video Games. The power cord from one of these devices plugs into the back of BOB and is locked in place.

Parents decide an acceptable amount of viewing time for each child per day or per week. Specific time periods can be blocked entirely for studying, chores, family time and/or sleeping. Each child in the house (up to 6 users plus 1 parent user) has a four-digit PIN that they enter before they can turn on the attached device. A "master pin" allows a parent to turn on the connected device at any time.

When a child's preset viewing time expires, BOB shuts off the attached TV, video-game system or computer monitor and won't allow it to be turned on by that user for the remainder of the day (or week). Unused time will carry over to the next day or week. After setup – a process that takes about three minutes – the machine monitors the amount of time a child spends using that device. While in use, BOB shows the user logged in and their remaining time available.

Features:
o Manage the time your children spend watching TV and playing video games.
o Personal PIN access for every family member (up to 6 child accounts and 1 master, parent account).
o Weekly or daily time management. Time reporting for every user.
o Time-period blocking to prevent device use at certain times of the day. (Up to five blocks per user for any or all days of the week. Maximum of 35 blocks per user per week.)
o Quickly add bonus time or remove time from any user without changing their regular allowance.
o TV Timer BOB works with all TVs (including large screens), game consoles, and computer monitors.
o Big, easy to use keypad for the entire family, even in the dark! While in use, BOB shows the user logged in and their time remaining.
o Tamper proof and durable.
o Settings are safe during a power outage.
o 1-year manufacturer's warranty.


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Customer Reviews

So far, it's working really well.
String Teacher
Bob is able to detect that the TV has been turned off, so the kids can save some of their time for later.
SFopeano
I tried several times but got it to work only once for no obvious reason.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Dennis J. Beauregard on March 10, 2008
BOB has brought peace in our house when it comes to watching TV. Our 2 kids would watch TV as soon as they came home from school to "unwind", but it was very difficult to get them to shut it off and start homework. Even when it was possible the kids would be in a whiny mood which made studying difficult. Our kids are old enough (10 & 12) that once you left the room for a few minutes they would stop the homework, walk into the room with the TV, & turn it back on. Finishing their homework got later into the evening specially when there was extra curricular activities that night (volleyball, karate, or Cub Scouts).

We purchased two BOBs (one for each TV) and they are pretty simple to set up. BOB controls the power to the TV set. So first you unplug your TV from the outlet and connect it into the small plastic power box attached to BOB. Then lock it with the key & put the key away somewhere safe. The BOB power cord is now plugged into the wall. Next, set a 4 digit master password for you, & set the current day & time. Then set a 4 digit password for each child, the amount of time each child can watch TV & "blocks" which are times when they cannot watch TV. You can limit any user's time by day or by week, but not both. For example, we allow 1 hour of TV per day in the living room and have blocked TV from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm. on school days because that is homework time. Since they can't watch TV when they come home from school they have figured out they might as well get their homework done then. On weekends they can watch 2 hours of TV each day. There is an audible warning that starts when 60 seconds of time are left.

BOB has helped to reduce the stress tremendously in our family & overall we are happy with it.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By North Idaho Dad on December 2, 2007
Bob arrived at our house a few weeks ago.

My kids think he's a bad guy because he's always turning off the computer right in the middle of their games.

But they're quickly learning to work with Bob. To negotiate for more time or to limit themselves to the hour or two that Bob gives them.

Bob is a TV Time Manager. And it's not really a guy. It's this small electronic device that you plug into your TV, computer, or videogame into, and then you can set specific time limits and time blocks for up to six different children.

In our house we don't have a problem with the kids watching too much TV, as they only turn it on by themselves on Saturday and Sunday mornings when they're allowed to watch DVD cartoons for an hour or two. So far they've been good about regulating themselves on that.

What we do have a problem with is computer games. My son, especially, likes to play games at the free online sites, like NeoPets and Yahoo Games. We give him an hour a day, usually just after dinner. But that hour goes quickly, and he's so caught up in the action that he forgets the time.

That's where Bob comes in. For computers, you can plug the monitor's electrical cord into Bob, which has a locked outlet so the kids can't simply plug the cord back into the wall outlet. Then your child types in his own 4-digit pin number, and Bob will turn the monitor on for the amount of time the child is allowed. When the alloted time is just about up, Bob gives a 60-second countdown, so your child knows he'd better finish up the game.

You can also set up time blocks when Bob will refuse to accept a PIN, so your kids can't play games or watch TV during hours of the day when they should be doing other things.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Weaver on September 8, 2006
Bob's the best! No more arguing over media time -- all video games, dvds and television shows go through this simple device. Bob is very easy to set up and use. Each user has an unique code, so one child can't "use up" all the time allocated for t.v. One of my children would use all their weekly time in one day, so I am able to set up his account by the day. My daughter, on the other hand, can monitor herself so much better that we set her account up by the week.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dewn70 on September 2, 2009
I like this product for the most part; however, when the power goes out, you have to reset the time. This is a pain if you have multiple BOBs in your home. Also, I wish there was a way to quickly add time for time earned. This device lets you setup a daily or weekly time allowance. Not so good for adding time on the fly based on earning it.

Another negative is if you have guests, you have to provide them with a PIN in order to watch your TV. That is not real convenient. I don't know any way around this.

Like I said, overall a good product, but could use some improvements. Like a place for a battery backup for when the power goes out and the ability to add earned time on the fly.

Donna
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By SBJ400 on December 14, 2009
I cannot say much more than has already been stated in previous reviews.

I will instead focus on WHY NOT to use this device with the PC.

1st - This device will not gently shut down your PC. It shuts it off cold. Which slams your hard drive and creates damage little by little and eventually permanent corruption of the hard drive!

2nd - Get a software solution like Net Nanny and/or Time Boss. Both should be used together since neither provides a total solution in most people's cases when dealing with teenagers with computers in their rooms. With both...internet surfing is limited and filtered and time limits and 'block out' time is easily handled too.

3rd - Most computer power supply cables can be removed and swapped out easily with another cable...bypassing BOB. These cables can be easily purchased at Target, Wal-Mart and Radio Shack for less than $5. So, any kid can get one!

For your PC...use a software solution.

For TV and gaming consoles, use BOB.
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