Our Complete Guide to OurPact
What is OurPact?
OurPact is an easy-to-use parental control app for setting time-based restrictions on iOS and Android devices. What sets OurPact apart is its ability to control every single iOS app as compared to competitors who only focus on a bundle of the most popular ones. From a parent perspective, we think this is useful because inevitably your child’s interests are farther-reaching. Parents can install OurPact on a child’s device, and control the settings from their phone to set device bedtimes, schedules, and block or grant access to apps with one tap. When children want to use their allowance time, they must open OurPact, Jr. which gets the clock running, and if they want to save time for later, they must close the app.
According to Polly Ely, a family therapist specializing in technology’s impact on kids, practicing turning technology on and off helps kids to develop healthy screen-time habits.
How do I set up OurPact?(iOS devices)
How do I set up schedules?
How do I set up allowance time?
Some App Rules
App Rules (the tab:) are another great feature because for every app installed on your child’s device, you can decide whether it is:
– Always Blocked
– Blocked by Schedule
– Always On
Always Blocked can be used for apps you want to tightly manage. For example, social medias apps, texting, or internet browsers. You can manually grant these for a defined period of time with the peace of mind that once the time is up, your child’s access is blocked. You can also block the App store if you don’t want your child downloading more apps, and in your parent dashboard, OurPact allows you to see every app downloaded on your child’s phone.
Blocked by Schedule shuts apps off when you’ve created schedules (e.g. BedTime, Homework, DinnerTime etc.). It also shuts these apps off when allowance time is up.
Always On means that these apps are on 24/7, regardless of whether you’ve set a BedTime or other blocked schedule. The phone by default is always on.
Other Tips for Getting the Most out of OurPact
- Block Adult Content by enabling OurPact’s Web Filter.
- Be Advised: Adult content can only be blocked in web browsers, not inside apps.
- Get Notified: If you appreciate knowing when your child is on the move, OurPact can send you notifications.
- Manage Device: Some parents want to set different permissions for different devices. You may want your child to use her phone for communication purposes only (e.g. calling, FaceTime, texting) and her iPad for watching, reading and game playing. Thus, you don’t have to wonder whether your child is reading or on Instagram again. You can set up two different user profiles for your child –1 for her phone and 1 for her iPad with different schedules and allowances.
Q: My child is pretty good at getting around things. Can they take it off?
A: You can make it much more difficult by turning off the ability to Delete Apps in iOS Restrictions. Go to Settings > General > Enable Restrictions > Set Passcode. Then scroll down until you find ‘Deleting Apps.’ Turn this off by sliding to the left. If your child still manages to delete OurPact’s management of the device, you will be notified immediately.
Q: Can I control their phones and tablets even when I am not with them or when they are out of our home?
A: Yes! You do everything from your phone, so you can be in another country and still be able to block, schedule, and allow for all of your devices.
Q: What are the drawbacks?
A: If the phone is not on good wifi, it can be difficult for kids to pause and start their time on OurPact, Jr, and the allowance feature will not work properly if not on Wifi. This means that you may want to put your child in the ‘Grant’ mode if headed on a flight or car trip. Also, while OurPact can set time allowances for every app, it cannot set different time allowances–for example 2 hours for texting, but only 30 minutes for Instagram. Lastly, OurPact cannot control computers or gaming consoles.
Q: I have multiple children with multiple devices, how many can I control?
A: Depending on the plan, you can control as many as 20 devices from your phone.
Q: How much will this cost me?
A: OurPact PREMIUM is $6.99 per month: This premium plan allows you to control 20 devices. On those devices you can set unlimited schedules, have access to unlimited blocks and grants, block and allow specific apps, set screen time limits, block texts, and make use of the family locator.
We highly recommend the Premium version over the Free and Plus versions.
Q: When my child downloads a new app, will it automatically default to ‘Blocked by schedule’?