The New DinnerTime Plus 2.0 is Here

December 9th, 2015

We are very excited to announce that our new and improved DinnerTime Plus 2.0 is now available to download!

Over the last few months, we’ve received a huge amount of useful feedback from parents on their experience with the app. You’ve let us know the various features and changes you would like to make DinnerTime Plus even better!

Listening to all your feedback, we’ve built in many new useful features for both free and premium parental accounts – see below for all the details.

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Introducing “Study Time” and “Bed Time” Parental Control Feature

November 6th, 2014

Many parents expressed the need to curb their child’s mobile device usage during their study time or bed time. Often, kids are easily distracted with a constant stream of interruptions from SMS and social apps that derail their attention and focus on their homework or going to bed.

We have recently added a new feature in the DinnerTime Plus app called “Scheduled Breaks” which enables parents to set-up “Study Time” and “Bedtime” restrictions by weekdays, weekends or specific days (e.g. Monday, Wed, Friday). This new feature provides parents with the ability to predefine “Study Time” and “Bed Time” with detailed scheduling options so kids can better focus on their work when needed or get the proper amount of sleep. Parents with premium DinnerTime Plus account gets six extra Scheduled Breaks (i.e., create and customize up to 8 Scheduled Breaks).

To access this feature, please make sure the latest release of the DinnerTime Plus app (version 2.0) is installed on both parent’s and kid’s devices. DinnerTime Plus can be downloaded from Google Play.

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Intro 1 – Real Time Monitoring & App History

August 12th, 2014

Hello DinnerTime Plus users!

While using our app, you may find yourself wondering about all the different functions and their uses. This series of blog posts will break down each feature’s minute details to get you better accustomed to our app!

As DinnerTime Plus is cloud-enabled you can use all of the parent’s phone features from any location, whether that be in the supermarket, coffee shop, or if your child is at a friend’s house.

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Intro 2 – Device Restriction Modes & App Locking

August 12th, 2014

DinnerTime Plus provides different modes of device restriction and unique app blocking to yield the greatest restriction on your child’s device.

Let’s check out the various device restriction modes.

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Intro 3 – Enhanced Blocking Feature

August 12th, 2014

Enhanced Blocking Featurecan be used by parents to prohibits the use of any app and completely blocks your child’s device from being used, with the restriction screen appearing in place of the normal lock screen. This is the highest level of restriction DinnerTime Plus has to offer.

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Intro 4 – Setting Time Limits

August 12th, 2014

Device usage is very important data that you can use to understand exactly how much time your child is spending on their device. Device Time Limit and App Time Limit serve to curb your child’s mobile device usage to encourage more social interactions and better family time!

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Intro 5 – App Usage Reporting & Parent Notifications

August 12th, 2014

Reporting app usage provides parents with the knowledge of their kid’s most used apps, which may be a primary source of their device addiction. App Usage Reporting shows the number of times your kid uses certain apps as well as the total duration of time spent on a daily basis for up to 7 days.

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(New) Official support for Android 5.0 (Lollipop) is here!

December 9th, 2014

The firmware update for Android 5.0 Lollipop is rolling out on many Android devices. This new version of firmware is the largest and most ambitious release for Android yet. Under-the-hood, there are a lot of changes for developers like DinnerTime Plus to make sure our apps are compatible while leveraging the latest OS features.

We are pleased to announce our apps’ official support for Android 5.0 Lollipop is here and can be found in Google Play.  This recent update also contains enhancements like advanced app protection from kids and improvement to both performance & reliability for other non-Lollipop devices.

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Kids spend more than 3 hours a day on apps

September 22nd, 2014

Even the most harmless game or app can become addictive and cause problems for the child and the family.

Today the DinnerTime Plus app releases statistics on the average time their users spend on different apps across popular names such as Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Whatsapp.

The findings show that during the first half of September as kids return to school, more than 3 hours per day are spent using apps on their smartphones and tablets, the equivalent of 6 and ½ weeks per year.

Across a sample of more than 2800 users with the child version of the DinnerTime Plus app (which works with a companion parent app), the stats show that social and messaging apps such as Instagram and Facebook are the most popular among kids. An average of 52 minutes and 42 minutes are also being spent every day on the gaming apps Minecraft – Pocket Edition and Clash of Clans respectively.

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How to Activate Device Admin Mode

September 17th, 2014

Activating the Device Admin mode for DinnerTime Plus on the kid’s device is a very important key to protecting the app from interference by 3rd party utilities (e.g., task manager, memory cleaners, battery doctor, etc.). These kind of apps may provide a way to interfere or even disable DinnerTime Plus on the kid’s device. To activate device admin mode for DinnerTime Plus on the kid’s device after initial installation:

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I forgot to unlock my kid’s device, and now my kid cannot access it!

August 12th, 2014

There may be times when you forget to disable restrictions on your child’s device when he is at school, severing the connection between the two devices and ultimately keeping your child’s device restricted. In a situation like this, DinnerTime Plus allows your child to access the WiFi settings on their device to re-enable access.

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