Frequently Asked Questions

Using Degamify

We don’t see video games as evil. They can certainly teach important skills such as coordination, strategy and leadership. It’s only when kids become too obsessed with their gaming that it really becomes a problem and other aspects of their life are neglected.

Degamify was designed to help you as the parent have more control over the gaming so that it becomes just another aspect of your child’s life like playing sports, playing music and hanging out with friends.

No. Degamify will ignore and not affect your non-gaming network traffic (e.g. web browsing, email, watching Netflix, etc.)

You don’t. Degamify will automatically update itself when necessary.

Our development team is constantly making updates and improvements to the Degamify software. When these updates are fully tested and released, your Degamify device will load them in a safe and secure way, completely automatically.

No.

Degamify is a tool to help parents control gaming. If you want to filter pornography, then you’ll also want to have a Parental Control system. Degamify will work alongside all of them. If you’re not currently using one, we’ll be happy to share the ones we like.

No.

Degamify works at a level that’s much deeper than traditional Parental Control systems, out of the reach of the tools that kids normally use to defeat Parental Control systems.

If he can really find a way to get around Degamify then he really is a computer whiz. Perhaps we’d like to hire him 🙂

No he can’t. Degamify will alert you in the event that it’s been unplugged or disabled. This is usually a deterrent for most children.

However, we recognize that children who are intent on playing regardless of the consequences may not see this as an issue. In this case, Degamify does offer several ways to ensure its physical security so that it remains plugged in and running.

No.

Degamify provides you with several ways for you to identify which gaming sessions are allowed and which ones need to be controlled.

Degamify was built by home networking professionals in conjunction with leading child psychologists and addiction counselors. It uses our patent pending Adaptive Selection technology to detect when games are being played without disturbing the rest of your home’s internet traffic.

Degamify looks for the gaming traffic on your home network and acts on it based on many factors such as who generated it, time of day, number of hours gaming, etc. Then, based on some rules, it may allow it to pass, block it from the internet, or slow it down depending on what the situation requires. This sophisticated behavior provides much greater control, something that standard Parental Control systems lack.

Degamify and other Parental Control Systems

Degamify is specifically designed to help you manage your child’s online gaming. It compliments and can be used with other Parental Control systems.

Why would you want a specialized tool to control online gaming? Think about this: your kitchen most likely has an oven, a microwave and a toaster. They all heat up food but some are better at specific tasks. If you try to make toast in the microwave, you’re going to be unhappy with the results.

We believe that controlling online gaming is complex enough to warrant a specialized tool. If you want to do it right, you’ll want to use Degamify.

Not effectively.

Unlike Degamify, traditional internet child safety solutions can only allow or completely block internet gaming traffic. And this only works when the system is in force. Unfortunately, motivated gamers have found all sorts of ways of getting around the restrictions of the typical internet child safety solution.

Degamify runs without profiles and any configuration that’s done is minimal. This doesn’t mean that all games are forbidden all of the time, far from it. It means that the right people are allowed to play games at the right time.

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