The National Parenting Center

SEAL OF APPROVAL WINNER

Spring 2008

BOB – Screentime Controller


As parents we have all expressed concern at one time or another about our children’s addition to TV, Video Games and the like. BOB is one of the most effective tools our testers have ever seen in limiting the kids TV time. Easy to set up, with a well-written and engaging manual, parents told us that almost instantly they noticed an improvement in their children’s awareness of how they spend their time. The fact that BOB includes a power cord lock, making it impossible to override, just proved to our testers that Hopscotch Technology had really done their homework.

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Recommended Age: 4 to 17
Price: $ 69

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A Seal of Approval review involves a multi-step process conducted over an eight-week period.

Parents and children, experience and review submitted products and services either already released or coming to market.

Participants fill out questionnaires for each product or service they test. They score based on 13 levels of criteria including quality, appeal, design, price, packaging, directions, desirability, stimulation, replay factor and more. Results are based on both statistical averaging and comments received by testers.

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