Jcontrol - Parental Restriction Software for Video Games on Windows

Are your kids on Minecraft and other video games 24/7?

Is their school work and exercise taking second place to video games and online chat?

If the answer is yes, then you are probably considering controlling their computer time.

Jcontrol is a little program I developed because we needed to control the gaming and distractions without the need to turn off the computer altogether. So homework can still go on, but the games can't.

We found as parents that trying to set rules for gaming access was very difficult and created a hostile atmosphere. If the computer does the rationing, it seems to be much more effective and better tolerated.

There are programs that essentially turn a computer off for a certain user at certain times: one or two of them are very good. But we needed to retain their access to the computer, particularly during 'useful hours' where homework could be done.

"Parents face online homework dilemma" (BBC)

Jcontrol is a program that runs in the background on your Windows PC. If it detects a program running at a time when it is not permitted (according to your time schedule), it issues a warning and then closes it. If it restarts during the time it is not permitted, it will close again.

"Minecraft videos - why are they so addictive?" (BBC)"Minecraft can easily become an obsession" (BBC) "Limit Screen Time, expert urges" Google it!

We are not against Minecraft. Far from it: in fact, in our family, programming plugins and modpacks for Minecraft is deemed a "useful activity" and we reward it. It is in my view the best way for kids to learn programming.

FINAL NOTE: THE PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY IN BETA STAGE AND IS BEING TESTED, PLEASE USE ONLY AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE FLIP SIDE OF THIS IS THAT YOU CAN HAVE A SUBSCRIPTION FREE FOR A YEAR WHILST WE ARE IN BETA.