Calendars and Routines allow parents to manage screen-time and set times for their children to access the internet. These easy to use features allow you to set access rules to suit your family’s lifestyle and schedule.
What is a Routine?
A Routine is a schedule of access periods within a day. For example you may be happy for your child to study before school, access school related sites during school and then access online games for a couple of hours after school. This is a routine and we let you set them for each child in your family.
We let you set Routines for School days and rest Days. We also let you create custom routines for recurring special days like when your children are at after school sports or learning classes.
What are Access Periods?
We offer four access periods to manage what your children can do online. These periods are Play, School, Study, and Sleep time. In Controls you define what your children can and can’t do during these times.
Your child’s Calendar and Routine then determine which access period applies at what time.
Play Time : Play Time is the most relaxed access period, suitable for after school and on the weekends. Games, streaming and social media are all typically allowed during this access period. Inappropriate and adult content is, however, still blocked.
School Time: School Time allows access to the general internet, however, distractions such as games, streaming and social media are all blocked, allowing kids to focus on their studies. Inappropriate and adult content is blocked during this access period.
Study Time: Study Time has the same default settings as School Time in that distractions such as games, streaming and social media are all blocked. However, parents can use Study Time to give their children additional access, such as allowing music while they complete their homework. Inappropriate and adult content is blocked during this access period.
Sleep Time: Sleep Time blocks all internet access by default. Sleep Time is used at bedtime to stop all devices from accessing the internet. All content is blocked during this access period.
What is a Calendar?
A calendar defines what day types are applicable on what day. For example you’ll likely set Sundays to be Rest Days and Mondays to be School Days.
Through your child’s calendar you can change individual day types or make bulk day type changes.
How do I set Routines for my child?
You can set your child’s routine through their dashboard accessed through the Family dashboard in our web portal or the Family Zone app installed on a parent’s device. Don’t panic, we’ve set up a base routine for School and Rest days and if you’re linked to a partner school, we’ve taken their school time into account as well.
TIP: Read our help guide to find out How to: change a routine.
How do I set Calendars for my child?
You can set your child’s calendars through their dashboard accessed through the Family dashboard in our web portal or the Family Zone app installed on a parent’s device. Don’t panic, we’ve set up a base calendar for them and if you’re linked to a partner school, we’ve taken their school holidays into account as well.
Is it possible to change all my children’s calendars at once?
Not at this stage. We do have an item on our roadmap to allow you to do this.
Can I modify access during family or school holidays?
Yes. You can add holidays into your child’s calendar. If they are linked to a partner school that’s probably already been done.
TIP: Read our help guides to find out How to: add holidays to a calendar.
Can I set a certain amount of time that a user can use an app or the internet for a day?
Can I create custom or recurring routines for different days?
Yes. This is a great feature if your children have irregular patterns of internet access each week or for a particular day E.G. you might want to make bedtime on Friday and Saturday nights a little later as there is no school in the morning.
TIP: Read our help guide to find out How to: set a routine for a specific day.
Calendars and Routines are only available with Premium subscriptions.