Introducing PlayLimit to Your Kids
PlayLimit is quite flexible — you can be as
strict or as lenient as you want. But regardless
of your approach, you should talk with your kids
about PlayLimit before installing it. Demonstrate
how PlayLimit works and explain how you intend for
them to use PlayLimit to access video games and/or
TV viewing time. There are two basic approaches:
Tokens as an Allowance. Give your children a certain
amount of tokens over a given time period. For example,
four tokens per day. In this case, the children would
know that they have only one hour per day for TV
time. If they would like to play a video game for
two hours, they would have to save tokens for two
- Tokens as a Reward System. Give your children
a certain amount of tokens after they complete
tasks or reach goals. For example, 32 tokens for
a good report card. In this case, the children
would know that they earn 8 hours of TV time by
getting good grades for a marking period.
Using Other Operation
You will no doubt have instances when the
for time” operation will not be what you
want. Here are a few situations when you might
want to use other operation modes:
- When you want to allow unlimited access,
put the Mode switch to ON.
- When you want to block all access,
put the Mode switch OFF.
- When you want to block game access
but allow unblocked access to the TV, put the
Mode switch to TOKEN and the Control switch to GAME.
- When you want to block TV access but
allow unblocked access to the game console, put
switch to TOKEN and the Control switch to TV.
Here are a few things you can do to use PlayLimit
- Put all Token Box keys in places where
children will not be tempted to take them.
- Encourage children to take care of their tokens
in the same way they would take care of
- Store extra composite cables for game
consoles so children will not be tempted to use
bypass the PlayLimit.