Monday, 12 October 2015 00:24

Review - ShutOff for Android (and iOS)


ShutOff is an innovative app to allow parents to control their children's Android tablet or phone usage. Parents may use iOS or Android.

ShutOff, by Miinfo, is available for free for iOS on the Apple App Store and Android devices on the Google Play store.

What the app does is pretty simple to describe; it allows a parent, or other caregiver, to remove distractions on their child's Android-based phone or tablet while they are supposed to be focusing on other things - schoolwork, sleep, whatever it may be.

Earlier this month Canon released research proving students were prone to distraction by the ever-beckoning call of social media and other online delights so this app can well prove helpful in combating such distractions.

Note the app comes in two parts - the control app and the dependent app. The dependent app must be installed on the youth's Android-based device. The control app is used by the parent or caregiver and is available for both iOS and Android. As you might expect, with the pair of apps ready, the parent is then able to shut off, or disable, a range of distractions on the dependent Android device, for a time.

Multiple dependent devices can be controlled from the one control app, so the parent can shut off distractions on all their children's devices at the same time.

A video is available to help demonstrate how ShutOff works.

ShutOff works well in practice, and is simple to set up. It is available for free, and does not have any in-app purchases. As such, it is a risk-free proposition to test out. The developer's plan to release a more advanced version of the control app and this, presumably, will have a price.

Help your children maximise their study time. Or, prove you mean it when you say if they don't turn their lights off at night you will disable their gadgets!

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.



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