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Get More Face Time and Less Screen Time with the OurPact App!

| May 25, 2015 | 9 Comments

Technology is advancing faster every day. So is the savvy with which our children are able to learn and use the technology put in front of them. All of my children love using our mobile devices to play games, search for information and videos, and connect with their friends. We like to feel as though we are being vigilant by knowing what sites our kids are visiting and limiting the time they have access to our devices. This is why I was eager to review OurPact, a parental control app that, when set up, will allow for parents to manage the sites their children visit as well as the amount of time spent on a mobile device.

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OurPact went live for iOS in 2015, and it is currently developing an app for Android shortly. Amir Moussavain, the Founder and Chairman of OurPact, was concerned about the positive and negative aspects of the Internet, and he wanted to protect his two daughters from the influence that social media and device use can have over its younger users. He created OurPact to help parents monitor what their children encounter while they are on their devices, and also limit the time they are fixed to the screen.

The app was really simple to install. We then followed the instructions provided by the app, and then set the settings we wanted to have for the device in question. For this review, it was the iPhone our children use from time to time. You can also use the Dashboard to control other iOS devices so you do not have to go on to each individual device to make these changes.

With our younger children, we tested the Parental Time Lock feature. This feature allows for parents to set a fixed amount of time their child can spend on any given device. It will then no longer allow access to that user until access is granted again. Using the OutPact app, we scheduled 15 minutes of access to a game from the Dashboard. We then spent time with our other children, waiting for time to run out. Like clockwork, each of our little ones came charging at us, letting us know that the game has “shut off.”

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My eldest daughter REALLY likes using her phone. She chats with her friends over her favourite social medial channels and loves playing games. The Scheduling, Block/Allow function really came in handy with my teenager. We set up a schedule for her to use this device around her daily routine for a few days to see how it would allow for her to learn how to rely less on-screen time so we can get more face time with her. After a few days, she got used to the schedule, and on days when she did not have homework, we adjusted the schedule to give her a few extra minutes of use.

We also really enjoyed using the Scheduling, Block/Allow function to map out some of her responsibilities around our home. We were able to schedule what she was responsible for doing around the house, giving her alerts when she was to get up and do them, and denying her access to this device until they were accomplished and approved by us.

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Overall, the OurPact app is a great tool to get you children to start to understand that there is a time and place for using a device. This app also blocks apps and websites you do not want your children to have access to. It was also simple to use and it did not take too long to start using the app effectively. I cannot wait for this app to be available for Android, as we also have phones using this operating system.

For more information about OurPact or the OurPact app, you can visit their website. You can also connect with them on their Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest pages!

You can also download the OurPact app for FREE from the App Store for iOS users by clicking here!

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Category: Apps, Family, Living, Reviews, Tech

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My name is Lian Wright. Born in Toronto, I came to Ottawa as a student to study Political Science at Carleton University, and came away with an Honours Degree, and decided to stay. I'm a huge sports fan, have a love of reading, and like experiencing new things whenever I can. I am now a mother of three children (11, 1 and 7 months old) and am kept constantly on my toes. My blog, Pieces of Me, is my way of sharing what I have enjoyed and encountered in my life so far as a mother. So far, being a mom has had it's expected ups and downs, but that's what makes being a parent so fulfilling for me. I've loved and learned from what's happened so far, and I can't wait to see what's in store for me next. I hope you enjoy the journey with me! Author's website.

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  1. KD says:

    The parental time lock feature sounds like an excellent idea.

    • Pieces of Me says:

      Hi KD! Yes, this feature is great for those kids that just can’t seem to put the phone down.

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    this sounds like a great app to give parents more control over how much time their children spend in front of a screen.

    • Pieces of Me says:

      Hi Elizabeth! It does help to get kids to learn that they do not need to be glued to their device all of the time.

  3. Tabitha P says:

    I can’t wait to set this up! We are now delving into the world of tech with our kids especialy our 10 year old, this would be perfect to control her new ‘tech habits’ 😉

  4. kathy downey says:

    This would be the perfect app for my daughter to gain some control over how much the children spend on their devices.

  5. kathy downey says:

    My daughter loves the app and is now enjoying phone free meals in her home

  6. Victoria Ess says:

    That is a great app, and a wonderful idea!

  7. Fan R says:

    Great app, especially for parents with young children.

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