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    Pinwheel’s Caregiver Portal Explained

    Pinwheel’s Caregiver Portal Explained

    So, What is the Caregiver Portal?

    Pinwheel’s Caregiver Portal is where parents select apps, change modes, and set the phone’s schedule and contacts. By quickly setting up your child’s phone and updating it weekly, you help to create the necessary structure your child’s development needs.

    So, what are schedules, routines, modes, and tasks? Keep reading to find out…

    Calendar Schedule

    Before the start of each week, you can set up your kid’s weekly schedule for the upcoming week. Or, if you would like, you can set up the weekly schedule however many weeks in advance you want. It’s up to you!

    As you can see in the above picture, each day on the weekly schedule has a preset day. These are titled,  “Sunday 2020,” “Simple Schoolday,” and “Holiday 2020.” Within each preset day, there are modes.

    Modes Explained

    For each preset day, you get to define and set multiple modes within that day for your child. 

    Modes are the cornerstone of the phone since they match your child’s rhythms of life. The phone shouldn’t be the same when your child is at school versus when they’re getting ready for school or doing homework. 

    Night mode, free play mode, school mode—these are some of the modes you will want the phone in throughout your child’s day! These set modes allow your child to only use certain apps and be contacted by select whitelisted contact groups. You can also set routines within that mode.

    Pictured below is an example of what part of your child’s school day might look like. It’s a breeze to change the timing or makeup of these modes.

    How Apps and Contact Groups Work in Modes

    Below reveals exactly how to set the length of each mode and dictate what’s allowed during that mode. 

    In “Get Ready for School” mode, pictured above, you can see that two app categories are enabled, anyone on the whitelist may be called or texted, and the “Get Ready for School” routine checklist will be what the phone prominently displays for your child.

    Select Contacts: during any mode, you can restrict who can contact your child by selecting only certain contact groups. As your child grows and becomes more responsible with their phone, you will give them more freedom to choose which friends and relatives to contact them during different modes.

    Select Apps: you limit the app categories to match your mode, like musical training apps during Music Practice Mode or wellness apps during Quiet and Unwind Mode. You can see all of the available apps on ourHealthy Apps Page

    Furthermore, let’s say that you don’t want your child to have access to all of the available Music & Audio apps, that’s fine! You control which apps are allowed on the phone. In the below example, we see that this parent only wants their kid to use 2 out of the 5 Music & Audio apps when Music & Audio is enabled in a mode.

    Okay, a quick debrief:

    The Caregiver Portal helps you determine what your child accesses on Pinwheel. Using the portal, you can create weekly schedules of preset days. Within those preset days, there are modes that allow for certain apps and contacts. These modes are set by you depending on your child’s actual day-to-day schedule.

    All right, got all of that information? Good. 

    Now onto routines…


    Routines are embedded in modes just like apps and contact groups. Routines are to-do lists you can create for your child during certain modes. These routines help younger children, or those with ADD and ADHD, organize themselves throughout the day. 

    Below, you can see an example of a “Get Ready for School” routine, which looks like a checklist. 

    This routine will show up on your child’s phone and will remind them of what they need to do during that mode.

    How the Caregiver Portal Helps Organize Your Child’s Life...and Yours

    All right, you have made it! 

    You now understand how the Caregiver Portal works and why it is so vital to Pinwheel’s OS and teaching children healthy technology habits.

    In summary, the Caregiver Portal helps teach children responsibility, structure, and time management. By being more structured and efficient with their time, kids have more time tobuild those vital human connections with friends, family members, and themselves. Best of all, the portal lets kids be kids!

    As for parents and caregivers, you’re also setting yourself up for success. By not having to continuously remind or nag your child about tasks and responsibilities they need to complete, you get more peace of mind. 

    Through purchasing a Pinwheel phone and spending five minutes organizing your child’s weekly schedule, you’re helping set your child’s life up for success.

    Try the Caregiver Portal for a 30-day free trial: see what setting your child’s Pinwheel phone would look like before deciding whether or not to get the phone that it would power!

    Be creative and have fun with setting up theCaregiver Portal! Better yet, do it with your child and see what types of conversations come up. 

    What do you think they will want their day to look like?