TimesUpKidz was created by Rain City Digital LLC, a Seattle-based business owned and run by me - Justin Magaram. The software grew out of the frustrations my wife and I experienced trying to ensure that our two boys (ages 7 and 9) did not spend too much time in front of the computer.
I think video games and browsing the Internet are fine in moderation. We'd set the kitchen timer and give 5-minute warnings, but inevitably we'd have to nag our kids when their time was over. We'd have to deal with repetitive pleas for "just a few more minutes." Our boys would fight about who got to go first on the computer, or they’d complain if they thought their brother got more time. It wasn't fun being the time cop. Occasionally I let my kids use the computer for longer than their allotted time so I could have more time to myself - only to feel guilty about it later. Something had to change.
Before building TimesUpKidz I worked at Microsoft for 10 years as a designer and manager on Windows, Microsoft Money, and other teams. While at Microsoft I often felt pressure to add more features to help make the products easier to sell, even though we knew that most of the features were never used and added complexity.
My philosophy is that software should be intuitive and do a small number of things really well. Less can be more. I only added features to TimesUpKidz that we - a family with young kids - truly needed. I kept it simple.
We've been using TimesUpKidz in our home for a few years. It has eliminated arguments between my kids about sharing the computer and made it so much easier for my wife and I to consistently enforce reasonable time limits.
I invite you to learn more about this parental control software by taking the tour, browsing the list of features and taking advantage of the free 30-day trial. You can contact me with questions or suggestions.
I hope my software helps you and your family.