- Blocks use of the computer when the Key is removed.
- Enforces time limits on usage.
- Blocks or allows specific websites.
- Notifies the parent when searches are made for specific keywords.
Records everything done on the computer for the past 60 hours.
- It must be physically present – the bright red key is clearly visible and a good deterrent. The obvious presence of the key is a visual reminder that someone may be seeing what you are doing on the computer.
- The settings can be modified – sites can be added or removed from the blocked/allowed list as needed.
- Unless you give your children the password they cannot override the features.
- The record feature is unique and helpful from a school standpoint as well as a safety standpoint.
- I did not like the time feature* (except for the fun it afforded me!) and this is why: The time limit is per day and with four kids that eventually will use the computer I would have two choices:
- 1. Set a combined time limit – then manually be sure each child does not go over their portion of that time. (This I already do without the PG Key!
- 2. Set an individual time limit and use my password to override it each time a new child needs to use the computer.
- There is so little instruction. My issue with this is that I am exactly the person this product was designed for: a parent with limited computer knowledge with children that are much more computer savvy. I would like to see more detailed instructions on the set-up and some suggestions for keywords to block. The tutorial did reference websites with information for parents about protecting their kids. But a quick list of keywords would have been nice so I didn’t have to start by searching other websites for warnings on what my kids might try looking for.
- If there was really a problem, there is no way to know which child is the offender – unless you have a separate user for each child and each child protects his user password and never lets another child use his account. Since I only created one extra account for all of the kids, I don’t know if the screenshots recording would differentiate between users either.
**Any products reviewed by me as a member of the 2010-2011 TOS Homeschool Crew have been given to me free of charge in order for me to provide you with an honest review of the product and/or how we used the product within our family. I do not receive any other form of compensation for the reviews posted on this blog.