Just this week my 5-year-old son busted me for using my iPhone at the breakfast table. It’s a no-no in our house, but I was reading something important. (It was a post ranking the Hot Guys of World Cup. See? Important.) Turns out, this whole incident would have be a non-issue if I had the Kitchen Safe.

It’s basically what it sounds like: a food safe plastic container with a tamper-proof lock that’s hooked up to a timer. You place your¬†temptation item of choice¬†the safe–the kid’s DS, your phone, the remote control–close the lid, set the timer, press the button, and…locked.¬†The timer can be set for a brief minute or for as long as 10 days.

But here’s the catch: Once that clock is set, you cannot open the safe until the timer zeros out.

Oh, and even if the batteries go kaput or — worse — are removed, the container stays locked. So, think again.

On the upside, it’s great for pushover parents who say NO MINECRAFT FOR A WEEK and then give in an hour later. ¬†The downside? Well, besides the fact that you¬†actually lock your devices away to put them down; it’s a clear container, so you can see your iPhone winking at you from the safe, beckoning you with those text messages and Facebook¬†push¬†notifications.

What do you think? Would the Kitchen Safe turned Tech Safe work in your house?

If it’s a tad too extreme, maybe try this brilliant way to manage screen time in your house instead.

The Kitchen Safe can purchased on Give Simple for $49.95.

 

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