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Hopscotch Technology BOB The Screen Time Controller

Manage Your Family's Time on TVs, Video Games and Computers
  • Simple 3-minute setup
  • Safe for all electronics (computers, televisions (Plasma/DLP/LCD), and video game Systems)
  • Kid-safe and tamperproof
  • Teaches kids to manage their own time

Item #: 7844

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  • * The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting children's screen time to 1-2 hours of quality programming per day.

    "You guys are geniuses, and have definitely taken a huge bite out of the daily stress of parenthood! THANK YOU!" - Ilene, mother of two

    BOB is the answer to the endless fight over screen time struggles in today's home. BOB works by controlling power to any electronic device. The device plugs into BOB, within a key-locked compartment. The parent then programs BOB with each child's daily or weekly time limits. Each BOB has up to 6 unique user accounts. Each child can turn on the device using their own access code. Once time is up, BOB automatically shuts off the device. Parents can turn the device on at any time by using the master code and even access a report on how the children are using their allotted time.

    Access Codes can be changed as often as you like; one mother rewarded her son's finished homework or chores with his new daily code!

    The device truly empowers children to control their own time while still allowing parents to set limits. No more fighting about "five more minutes"! BOB is child proof and hack proof; even the most tech-savvy kids won't be able to unplug a device from BOB!

    Less screen time = better health & better grades!
    Less arguing = happier and healthier family!

  • Specifications

    Manufacturer: Hopscotch Technology
    Manufacturer Product No.: BOB1
    UPC: 094922592552
    Dimensions: 3.75" H x 7.5" L x 4.5" W
    Weight: 2 lbs.
    Power Requirements: 120V AC
    Amps: 10
    Hertz: 60
    Approvals: FCC and ETL compliant
    Warranty: 1 year, limited
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    Review of 7844 Review by Roger
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    I have had my Bob for 4 years now. It is a life saver for my family. I ha email convince d 3 of my friends to get one as well. It just works well. It is also rugged. I highly recommend it.

    Posted on 6/21/2014

    Review of 7844 Review by JOHN
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    Shipping time was ok, not fast but definately not slow. Was satisfied. The only let down was the $26.00 duty I had to pay, I thought electronics were covered under the free-trade agreement and thus exempt or at least minimized.

    Posted on 4/29/2012

    Review of 7844 Review by JLG
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    Worked great .. for awhile. After about 5 weeks of use, the screen has gone completely blank. I can not reset any passwords, give or take away fly-time or see how much time is remaining, though codes are still working and it does stop the time as originally set when the screen worked. Trying to contact Hopscotch Technology for a remedy under their 1 year warranty ...

    Posted on 3/12/2012

    Review of 7844 Review by Nun
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    I think its the worst device ever. You take away childrens rights. It also is a scam! The people who make this device also make toys for kids to play outside with. All they want you to do is force your kids to play outside with the toys they make. This product IS A TERRIBLE DEVICE!!!

    Posted on 3/7/2012

    Review of 7844 Review by LINDA
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    This is exactly what I had been looking for. No more fighting about when to watch TV or play video games. Now when I want to turn it off I just push one button, not try wrestle the remote away from my son.

    Posted on 1/3/2012

    Review of 7844 Review by Jean
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    Doesn't turn off all the time. If you forget you password, no reset, no batterie inside the thing so you screwed. Avoid. Could damage computer or anything with a hard drive inside also. Bye a timer and lock it in a box instead, it will me less expensive and more efficient.

    Posted on 11/8/2011

    Review of 7844 Review by LUCY
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    I live in australia, was not informed this product does not comply with AU standards so renders the product useless. Smarthome should inform customers of this before sending out electrical products, not happy at all with smarthome for not disclosing this information

    Posted on 12/17/2010

    Review of 7844 Review by ROY
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    It's a shame. This could have been a great product, if somebody had only set brain on when programming it.

    The biggest problem is the automatic power off detection. It is designed to detect that you have turned off the TV, and when it does so, it shuts itself off. The problem is, the feature is unreliable. So if you set it in "normal" mode, it is repeatedly "detecting" that you have turned off the TV right in the middle of your program, and cuts power. You can alternatively set it in "always on" mode, which will prevent it from turning off in the middle of your favorite program. However, a different problem arises. The device will "detect" (usually around 3am) that you have turned on the TV, and start beeping loudly and annoyingly for you to enter the code. Why didn't they simply have another mode, where you could disable this idiotic "feature"? But you're stuck with it, and there's no way to disable it.

    Another beef.. The range of management options is extremely limited. In particular, you have to specify a number of hours/minutes each week or day for each user. These are automatically added to the user's allotment. So far, so good. But why does it have to be on a "use it or lose it" basis? No matter what you put in there, anything you have left over at the end of the day or week is wiped out, and there's no way to change that "feature". This is a great way to encourage the concept of saving in you children.

    Posted on 5/17/2010

    Review of 7844 Review by DAVID
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    Keeping our two boys (9 and 13) to video game time limits has been quite a challenge. When I remembered to tell them their time is up, they always yelled up the stairs "I'm saving...". Then they would seem to forget and keep playing. I would often have to intervene and it wasn't fun.

    With BOB, there have been no issues from day one. I set it up, and told my boys their time limits and gave them their passwords.

    The results have been truly amazing! No complaining. No whining. They understand through BOB's alerts when they're getting near the end of their time and save on their on... then come running up the stairs with no complaining.

    They haven't begged for more time or complained. They just move on and go outside and play.

    This is an outstanding product that has brought a measure of peace, and civility back into the parenting process. It does not replace good parenting but does truly help augment it.

    I have recommended this product to every parent I know with kids my age and mentioned it to my parenting class at church. They all love the idea and are constantly asking how BOB is doing. I suspect we have several more BOBs in the congregation!

    Posted on 3/24/2010

    Review of 7844 Review by KATHERINE
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    This has accomplished what we hoped for - helping the kids better self-monitor their TV time and remove us from the equation. Simple to use. Directions are also helpful though in suggesting implementation process with the kids.

    Posted on 3/23/2010

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