Manage Screen Time

Decide what your children do online, and when they do it.

How do I manage my children's screen-time?


Managing your children’s screen-time is a matter of deciding which content they will be allowed to see - whether websites, apps, games or social media - and which will be blocked.

But screen-time management also refers to the time children spend on their devices. When you manage their screen-time, you can set study, play and sleep-times. This means you can ‘curate’ their online experience in a way that keeps them balanced, healthy and aligned with your own family values. 

Did you know

Recent studies show teens spend an average of nine hours a day on screens, while kids aged eight to twelve spend six hours daily - not counting schoolwork. Yet experts recommend no more than two hours of non-schoolwork-related screen-time.

The problem

Children struggle to self-regulate when it comes to games, social media and messaging.
Parents can’t see what their kids are up to online in order to impose sensible boundaries. 
Too often, mum and dad leave the kids to their own devices and screen-time spirals out of control.

Why healthy limits are so important

Excessive screen-time has been linked to increases in children’s risk of:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Myopia (short-sightedness)
  • Back and neck pain
  • Being overweight 
  • Loneliness
  • Cyberbullying and online harassment
  • Exposure to pornography and violence

Screen-time also displaces many healthy activities that children need to thrive, including:

  • Physical play
  • Sport
  • Spending time in nature
  • Face-to-face social interaction with peers
  • Maintaining close family relationships
  • “Down time” - aka daydreaming and imagining

Is your child’s screen-time out of control?

If your child is grumpy and out-of-sorts when not connected to a device … if they object strongly or even tantrum when limits are suggested … if they have been ‘sneaking’ screen-time when they think you’re not looking … if play-dates and sleepovers revolve exclusively around phones or games … if you frequently find yourself trying to control behaviour by using screen-time as a reward or punishment … if devices are being brought to family meal times and used at night in bedrooms ... These are all red flags.


The solution: Family Zone

Family Zone’s strong, flexible parental controls allow you to set boundaries around screen-time - and end the arguments, debates and endless negotiations.

Set study time, play time and sleep time

Block social media and games while they do their homework. Allow more access during play time. Disable the internet entirely when it’s time for sleep. Simply set it - and forget it.

Manage social media

Set boundaries around your child’s use of Instagram, Snapchat and other social apps - or simply block access entirely. The choice is yours.

Manage apps & games

Worried about Instagram? Fortnite? Family Zone offers individual controls to let you fine-tune your children’s access to these and many other apps and games - or block them entirely.

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Parents love Family Zone

“You guys deserve medals! We have got our son back from a downward spiral. My son is actually doing his homework now. We can’t thank you enough, this is what technology should be used for - to benefit the entire family. A truly amazing transformation. You have my complete admiration.”

- Kevin Hobson, Australia