Applies to: Premium Members
Child's devices: Windows, Mac, Chromebook, Apple iOS, Android
Keeping Devices Secure
Children may break rules. Some children will attempt to bypass the filtering. Connect is designed to prevent children from removing or bypassing the web content filtering.
Parents will receive notifications if their Child's Device has accessed inappropriate web content.
One of the causes is the Permissions were not granted (or have been turned off) on their Child's Device.
Use the install steps to ensure all the permissions are turned on. Restart the phone or tablet after confirming the settings to clear out any open connections.
Example: If location permissions are not granted on iOS, then a red alert will be sent to the parent.
Turning Off the Permissions
Example: A Child uses admin access to turn off the permissions used by Connect to monitor web content.
Use these steps to remove the Child's admin access and reinstall Connect on your Childs device:
- Troubleshooting Reinstate Device Management on iOS Devices
- Troubleshooting Reinstate Device Management on Android Devices
- Troubleshooting Reinstall Family Zone on a Windows Computer
- Troubleshooting Reinstall Family Zone on a macOS Computer
- Install on a Child's Chromebook
Turning Off the VPN on iOS
Example: If Connect on Demand Setting is disabled in an iPad or iPhone, the Connect App can turn the VPN back on within 2 to 3 minutes. A Red Alert will be sent to the Parents, if the VPN is re-enabled 4 times within 15 minutes.
Go to the middle of the install instructions and complete the permissions to allow Connect to monitor the phone or tablet:
Monitor and alert the parents of attempts to bypass the Family Zone Connect filtering.
Example 1: Both Apple and Android allow any device owner the capability to delete any app. If the Connect app is uninstalled, then a red alert will be sent.
Example 2: If the Family Zone Client is removed from a Windows or Mac laptop or computer, your Child is set up as an administrator. The instructions to reinstate Connect include setting you as the Admin and your Child as a Standard user who cannot install or remove software.
Use the instructions above to reinstate (reinstall) Connect.
Report when Family Zone monitoring has not received data from the device in the past 14 days.
Example: Family Zone’s catch-all alert. If a device has not generated any filtering requests in 14 days then an alert is sent to inform parents. If the device is no longer with the Family it can be removed.
Use the last known Location in Recent Activity to find phones or tablets.
Review up to the last 4 weeks of activity in the Snapshots to determine what was being accessed and when a laptop, phone or tablet. This information may help your Child remember where they left their device.
If you no longer have the Device, see:
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 on a Child's or Parent's 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.
- 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.)
- To Do Notifications and Emails for Parents
- Parents cannot turn off the To Do email, but Parents can 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.
- Australia and New Zealand School Community Emails
- turned on or 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.
US Schools: contact your School IT to change your email settings