Recently I called to order a family meeting. The topic under discussion was Internet safety. After mom spent several hours fixing trouble on her daughter’s computer it was time to review the rules AND find a way to better help the girls follow the rules regarding the use of the laptop, iPad and Kindle. For MAC, iPhone and iPad use, I turned to Our Pact, an app which helps monitor their times of use as well as what they can access. Yes, there’s an app for that!
Disclosure: I’m excited to introduce you today to a wonderfully helpful app, Ourpact. All opinions are my own.
About the app Our Pact
Let’s face it, very few children out there are not exposed to technology and the Internet in some way, shape or form. Even if they don’t own the technology it is available at school and friends houses. Recently my daughter explained to me that she broke the rules because 1) I just really wanted Minecraft on the computer mommy (it was not really minecraft but a stupid malware program) and 2) But mommy they make the links look so interesting and exciting I just had to find out what it was! No matter what safety measures I had in place there were still ways to get around them. So you can imagine my excitement when I learned about OurPact.
“OurPact is a breakthrough parental control app that harnesses the power of Internet and Application blocking in order to teach children proper device use and responsibility. By syncing your family’s iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touch to OurPact, you now have the power to manage your entire family’s device use under one platform.”
Our Pact features and functions
OurPact allows you to:
● Schedule Internet and App use according to your child’s daily routine, and among the weekdays or weekend.
● Set the number of hours your children spend on the Internet and within Apps.
● Block Internet and Apps atatouch.
● Allow Website and App access, whenever you feel your child “needs more time”, at a touch.
● Block all apps (eg. Facebook, SnapChat, Intagram, Twitter, etc.), as you see fit.
Our Pact Allowance
Did you know that the average child spends 50 hours online each week? I don’t know about you, but that does worry me and it’s made me more aware of the time that the girls should or could be online. You can use the Our Pact allowance feature to determine a set number of hours per day that your children may access Internet and applications from their devices. Allowances are not available during blocked schedule periods, and can vary from day to day. So, for example, if your child has openings in his or her schedule between 7-8am and 6-9pm, but they are only give two hours of allowance to use, they will be able to use two hours of internet/app time anytime between the four permitted hours of 7-8am and 6-9pm, but once their allowance is used up, even if they have remaining ‘open schedule’ time, their access will be blocked. So event though it’s an “open time” on their schedule it’s not necessarily an open access time on the technology.
Our Pact Final Thoughts
My personal favorite features are being able to add each family member (maybe I should add Mr. and Mrs. Money Saving Parent some time not allowed online too!). Other favorite features include the down times, such as dinner when access is denied. I have a rule, not tech time at dinner time. Most everyone follows it. My other favorite feature is being able to blog with one touch Internet and apps access. Now that’s one I hope i don’t have to use much but it could come in very handy should someone try to sneak online.
Download OurPact, now for free, and begin to guide your child online, today.