Overview

TimeBreak works by keeping track of how long your kids have been logged into your computer(s) each day, and logging them out or locking their sessions when their time's up. To use TimeBreak, you will need to set you kids up with their own Windows user account(s). The setting up of Windows user accounts is beyond the scope of this manual, make a search for e.g. "create windows user account" on your favorite internet search engine to find out more.

Once your kids are set up with their own Windows user accounts, you will need to add their user accounts to the TimeBreak system, in order to make the system track their computer time and log them out/lock their sessions according to whatever time usage rules you define. For more information about how to add users to the TimeBreak system and set up their time usage rules, see Rules & Status.

If you have more than one computer set up in a network, you can make TimeBreak synchronize all settings (e.g. users, rules, time usage information) between them. For instance, if you add a user and set some time usage rules on one computer, those rules will automatically be applied to all your other computers as well. And if one of your kids spends some time on one computer, and then moves on to another computer, the time spent on the first computer will have been deducted from his available time on the other computer as well (the kid's account name must be the same on both computers). For more information about how to set up TimeBreak to synchronize settings in a network, see here.

In addition to time usage rules, you can also set up any number of bonus rules, which can be used to motivate your kid(s) to e.g. perform certain tasks. For instance, you can let your kid score bonus points every time she/he does the dishes, and for every, say, 4 bonus points, the system can give the kid 30 minutes bonus time. There is no limit to the number of bonus rules you can add, or the number of requirements per bonus rules, but for both your own and your kid's sake, we recommend you keep it as simple as possible. Also, we recommend you do not overuse the bonus rules system, as we believe it is important for kids to learn that they are expected to perform certain tasks without always getting paid for doing them.