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How to Create Schedules With Ohana

Do you want your kid to focus on homework instead of being caught up in a gaming app? Or have you already discussed with your child that they can’t use their phone before bedtime? With Ohana, you can set schedules for your daily routine. Here’s how you do it.

Stefanie Parth
14/11/2022 • 4 min
Smartphone on table, screen depicts list of active schedules in Ohana

A consistent daily routine is important for your child to give their life a little more structure and create good and healthy habits for them. Some routine tasks can include simple household chores, brushing teeth first thing in the morning, doing homework right after lunch, and so on - we’re sure you have already established many of these.

If your child has their own device, consider setting up a digital routine for them as well. For example, to ensure your child gets a good night's sleep, it’s a good idea to put away all digital devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime.

With our schedule feature, establishing a healthy digital routine has never been easier.

What are schedules?

With schedules, you can easily set recurring occasions when you want your child's device to automatically switch to Focus Mode or Locked Mode. After the schedule ends, the device will automatically switch back to Leisure Mode. This is ideal for routines such as school, bedtime, etc.

We recommend that you talk to your child before setting schedules in Ohana and explain why a digital routine is important rather than just imposing a rule on them. This will help them to prepare for a new digital routine task without having endless discussions.

How to set a schedule

For example, if you want your child’s device to go into Locked Mode at night on school days, the setup might look like this:

  1. Open Ohana on your device.
  2. Go to your child’s profile in the Parenting tab.
  3. Scroll down to the Settings and tap on Schedules.
  4. Tap on Add Schedule.
  5. Name your Schedule “Bedtime Schooldays”.
  6. Tap on Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr.
  7. Select the time period from 8:00 PM to 7:00 AM.
  8. Tap on Locked Mode.
  9. Tap on Save.
  10. All done!
Screenshot of Ohana adding a schedule for bedtime

With this schedule your child won't have access to any apps at night

Now your child’s device is in Locked Mode from 8 pm to 7 am Monday through Friday. You can create a separate schedule for the weekend, when your child can stay up later.

Some other ideas how you can use schedules:

  • homework
  • studying
  • school
  • meals
  • different times during the day

Tip: For some tasks your child may still need their device. In that case, you can still use Focus Mode to block all apps but set exceptions for the apps required for your child to finish their task. For example, your child may have to use an app for doing homework.

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