Allow Notifications on an Android Device

Applies to: Insights and Premium Members using Android devices

Article type: Fundamental steps

Pop-Up Notifications

Do you need to know when your Child needs access to the Internet to finish a homework assignment? Does your Child need to know when their Play time is running out? Push Notifications allow the Family Zone app to pop-up a gentle message when family members need help.

On the Child's or Parent's Android phone or tablet:

  1. Go to the Android Settings
  2. Near the top of the list, hold and drag a short distance down to get the Search
  3. Start typing Family Zone
  4. Tap on Family Zone - App info
  5. Tap on Notifications
  6. Tap to turn off (gray) or turn on (blue)
    Show Notifications - any types of on screen alerts from Family Zone
    Family Zone - the Alerts for To dos or risky behavior (Premium Members)
    Advanced - notification types specific to the manufacturer's Android you are using

The changes are saved as you tap on the settings. You can leave this screen when you are done making changes to the on-screen notifications. Changing the Android notifications will not change the Family Zone settings for email notifications and weekly reports.

Push Notifications and Email Alerts

Discussions of cyber safe activities between family members is important. Family Zone uses notifications and emails to help Parents and Children know what online activities to talk about.

  • Push Notifications on Mobile Devices
    - turned on or off in the Android or iOS Settings

    Examples: When turned on, a Child gets an onscreen reminder when Play time is about to run out. Or, a Parents get an onscreen message when a Child is requesting access to a website or online activity.

  • To Do Notifications and Emails for Parents
    - permanently ignore an Alert in the To Do section

    Example: A Child's mobile phone or tablet has not been seen for 14 days and a Parent knows the device is broken. Parents open the To Do and use Ignore to permanently remove the message.

  • Weekly Reports Emails
    - turned off in the Parent's app by going to Settings > Reports & Usage

    Example: Email summarizing the percentages and types of internet usage for tracked Users under 18. (Family members 18 years and older are not tracked by default.)

  • Device Notifications by Age Profile 
    - advanced options can be turned off in the Parent's app by going to Settings > Internet filters & rules > Alerts & Consequences

    Example: Parents can track a Child installing apps or tampering with their mobile device. The monitoring applies to all children in the specified age group in the Family. Applies to Premium Members only.

  • Australia and New Zealand School Community Emails
    - turned off in the Parent's app by going to Settings > Reports & Usage

    Example: Family Zone Partner Schools can invite Parents to share the data used to manage a Child's device. Parents who accept the invitation receive a weekly report of the Child's online activity inside school.

    In US Schools, contact your School IT to change your email settings.