I've tried posting in all the other categories and it keeps sending me here.
How can I set my wifi connection to go in "sleep" mode so my kids can't stay up all night watching YouTube?
This is normally done at the router. I think every router has the ability to turn the Wi-Fi on and off. Many can do it on a schedule. Make sure you've changed the router's login credentials because the kids probably know most routers default to "admin" and "password". If the kids are serious, you're going to want to provide some physical security for the device as well to make sure that they don't do a factory reset on it.
Strega was right as far as high tech solutions go. Unfortunately, when it comes to the “human element,” it is another thing entirely. I find these very basic ways of handling the human-even for minor children-part of tech usage to keep control where it belongs. Directly with the person(s) who actually pay for/upkeep the Internet connection, not some smart a$$ brat(s). Most suggestions here are either very inexpensive solutions purchased at any good hardware store or online to simply modifying your own behavior when dealing with your own children (absolutely free).
Keep The Devices Locked Up Physically I don’t depend on some fancy high tech method or device to keep the little or bigger ones from bypassing the person in charge own wishes in my house. I favor and use simple low tech to even no tech products like putting the router in some sort of cage (for ventilation) with a big padlock and no key access. Or keep the router in your private area (like your master bedroom is supposed to be) and the door locked during the assigned time off period(s). Another troublesome thing is preventing little feet patter from running through your private area to get to the master bathroom. Master is supposed to mean just that-the head(s) of a household's private personal spaces! And personal control over everything located there as well. If they don't like the "free" household internet set up, they can get their own by getting a job or hustling a side line like the poor kids do. Even the youngest ones can collect and sell bottles and cans for spare change. That was the first way I made money way back when I myself was little.
Use Timers/On-Off Switches (both mechanical and electronic). A personal choice and favorite of mine. I have been using both plug in On/Off Switches and Timers to manage and control everything from monthly data usage to making sure that my adult guests come to the Thanksgiving table on holiday on time a few years ago. The only thing I would do differently with children is to place the timer/switch very high up for very small children not to touch to placing the unit in a cage like thing and thread both the extension, timers/on/off switches and the device’s power cord physically locked inside it with no key left lying around or actually using a combination lock handy for the more smarter older crowd (keep it with you always-they can go to the same hardware store and make key copies).
Possible Modification Of Child Raising Methods The last part might prove the hardest to do for some people, yet it is the cheapest/simplest one of all. No means no! In other words, “absolutely not” with predictable due consequences which will result from the previous stated and warned infraction. A penalty is not a bad thing in of itself. It is an logical predictable one as this one is the hardest one for me to understand why many people don’t like to place limits on their child’s own behavior. After all, to live in this society, we all follow rules and laws. Even being on this website, everyone here follows Roku’s own Terms and Guidelines to post here.
Hope these possible solutions helps in some way!
Thank you for the info!
I tried to find the "disconnect" for the wifi on my TV. Can't find it without factory resetting it.
If I turn off the wifi box, the adults won't have wifi for our phones.
What I'm really looking for is a way to set a timer for the wifi access for just the TV.
Does that make sense?
I appreciate your response. However, I don't run my home as a dictatorship. My kids contribute as much, if not more, than some of the adults who live here and they are treated equally. We're also in the middle of a remodel. So, the only bedrooms atm are the children's. And, I'd never lock something in a "cage" and keep the key on my person just to keep access away from my kids- who are humans and just as important as any other member of our household.
I manage this via my router.
When I log in to my router, I select "Parental Controls" which then allows me to select either "Web and App Filters" or "Time Scheduling".
"Web and App Filters" permit me to selectively block access to web content and/or apps that I might not want my children to access, while "Time Scheduling" allows me to either limit total access time per device, or select time-of-day access per device.
I'd suggest consulting your router's setup manual, or contact your ISP (if they supplied your router) for instructions on how to set up such restrictions.
I hope this helps.
"........I appreciate your response. However, I don't run my home as a dictatorship. My kids contribute as much, if not more, than some of the adults who live here and they are treated equally. We're also in the middle of a remodel. So, the only bedrooms atm are the children's. And, I'd never lock something in a "cage" and keep the key on my person just to keep access away from my kids- who are humans and just as important as any other member of our household........"
Thank you. If you are implying my post, I was not implying that you ought to run your household like a dictatorship, prison, or the like. I am probably much older than you are as your children are far younger than mine would have been if they were around. This was the overall generational experience that I grew up in. Children were not so important in those days as far as granting basic human rights to goes. It is far different now in the middle/upper class homes go (poorer homes are still somewhat more slower to adopt these newer ways).
Since this is a temporary situation, it would seem that the problem will probably resolve itself when the project is completed with little or no input from the adults. At least let's hope so. With the new technology, it seems that it is more individualized and self involved. I find that the concept of sharing is somewhat harder to grasp than earlier generations. Perhaps this is the underlying issue here to ponder and think about. I am wondering if motion picture theaters, sports events, even sitting in front of a computer screen in smaller/larger groups will continue in the future. But the great Internet access divide still separates groups from one another. Streaming is simply another diversion people turn to when nothing else in their lives works for them.
As far as cages (not intended as an actual cage-more of a description of a restraint or restricted access) goes, I was simply describing the sort of product that people, in the shall we say,, more poorer areas in my huge urban center protect both themselves and their valuables in various ways from bars on windows and doors to fences surrounding houses like prison yards complete with huge padlocks & chains attached to it. it is simply a fact of life here. Not ideal one, but still a reality. A reality that still works quite well when people don't pay attention to how they conduct themselves and take what is not their's/without owner's permission.
And sadly, works very well here. Even in the better areas, people stay at home now with their streaming devices and other flashy tech toys, with the doors and windows always physically locked with heavy deadbolts. And many have Home Security signs proudly displayed for all to see. I personally don't see much difference between my own neighborhood and the "better" ones anymore. Except for fancier cars.