Avast Omni - Parental Controls

Avast Omni includes family protection features that allow you to manage the online content your children can access, block their internet at certain times of the day, and receive location alerts at specified times or when your child arrives or leaves specified locations. These parental controls are managed from the Avast Omni Family Guardian app. Refer to the instructions below to set up or modify each of the family protection features for each child using your home network.

For the parental control features to function correctly, the Avast Omni Family Member app must be installed on the child's device. For detailed instructions, refer to the following article:

Content filters

Content filters allow you to control the activities and websites your child can access by enabling or disabling certain content categories, apps, and websites. The following content categories and sub-categories can be blocked:

  • Objectionable: sub-categories include violence, drugs, alcohol, and sexual content.
  • Social media: sub-categories include Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter.
  • Messaging: sub-categories include Messages (Android), Viber, and GroupMe.
  • Games: sub-categories include Minecraft, Fortnite, and Angry Birds.
  • Downloads: sub-categories include Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
  • Videos: sub-categories include YouTube, Vimeo, Hulu, and Netflix.
  • Malware: block sites that contain or promote active malware, spyware, or adware.
  • Other: sub-categories include sports, music, and shopping sites.
  • Websites: add a website URL and specify if it is blocked or allowed.
When you block a whole content category (for example, Social media), thousands of websites and apps in this category will be blocked, not just the apps listed in the customizable sub-categories.

To edit or set the content filters for a child, follow the steps below:

  1. Double-click the Avast Omni Family Guardian app icon on the desktop of your parent device to open the app.
  2. Click Your Home in the left panel, then select the relevant child from your users list.
  3. Click Content filters.
  4. For each content category you want to block, click the gray (OFF) slider so that it changes to green (ON).
    1. To view the sub-categories, click the category panel.
    2. To view more details about each sub-category, hover your mouse over its information icon.
    3. To block or unblock sub-categories, click the slider next to each individual sub-category.
    4. Click Close to return to the Content filters screen.

To add a website URL to the blocked/allowed list:

  1. Select the Websites tab, then click Add website.
  2. Enter the website URL and click Add.
  3. The added website is automatically set to Blocked (ON). Click the slider if you want to change it to Allowed (OFF).

To remove a website URL from the blocked/allowed list:

  1. Hover your mouse over the website name, then click the trash can icon.
  2. Click Yes, Remove to confirm.

When you create a user profile for a child, the Avast Omni Family Guardian app prompts you to set up the family protection features. If you skipped these steps, or want to edit the parental control settings for your child, follow the instructions below:

  1. Tap the Avast Omni icon on the Home screen of your device to open the app.
  2. Tap the Family icon at the bottom of the screen, then select the relevant child from your users list.
  3. Tap Content filters, then select a category.
  4. To block all sub-categories in this category, tap the slider at the top of the list so that it changes from gray (OFF) to green (ON), then tap Save.
    1. To view more details about the content of a category or sub-category, tap More Info.
    2. To block or unblock sub-categories, tap the slider next to each individual sub-category.

To add a website URL:

  1. Scroll down on the Content filters screen and tap Websites.
  2. Select whether you want to add a website to the blocked sites list or the trusted sites list:
    • Block: Tap BlockedBlock Website.
    • Trust: Tap TrustedTrust Website.
  3. Enter the website URL and tap Block Website or Trust Website.

The website is added to the Blocked sites or Trusted sites list.

To remove a website URL from the Blocked sites or Trusted sites list, tap X next to the website URL. Tap Remove to confirm.

When you create a user profile for a child, the Avast Omni Family Guardian app prompts you to set up the family protection features. If you skipped these steps, or want to edit the parental control settings for your child, follow the instructions below:

  1. Tap the Avast Omni icon on the Home screen of your parent device to open the app.
  2. Tap the Family icon at the bottom of the screen, then select the relevant child from your users list.
  3. Tap Content filters, then select a category.
  4. To block all sub-categories in the selected category, tap the slider at the top of the list so that it changes from gray (OFF) to green (ON), then tap Save.
    1. To view more details about the content of a category or sub-category, tap More Info.
    2. To block or unblock sub-categories, tap the slider next to each individual sub-category.

To add a website URL:

  1. Scroll down on the Content filters screen and tap Websites.
  2. Select whether you want to add a website to the blocked sites list or the trusted sites list:
    • Block: Tap Blocked websitesBlock Website.
    • Trust: Tap Trusted websitesTrust Website.
  3. Enter the website URL and tap Save.

The website is added to the Blocked websites or Trusted websites list.

To remove a website URL from the Blocked websites or Trusted websites list, tap X next to the website URL. Tap Remove to confirm.

Block the internet

Use the Avast Omni Downtime feature to block the internet at specific times so your child cannot go online during dinnertime, bedtime, or any other time you specify.

  1. Double-click the Avast Omni icon on your desktop to open the app.
  2. Click Your Home in the left panel, then select the relevant child from your users list.
  3. Click Downtime.
  4. Click New Downtime.
  5. Use the drop-down menus to select start and end times for the downtime, then tick the boxes under the relevant days you want the internet block to occur, and click Save.

The internet is now blocked for the user on the specified day(s) and time.

To delete or edit a downtime:

  1. Hover your mouse over the downtime details and click either the trash can icon or the edit icon.
  2. Click Yes, Delete It, or edit the downtime settings and click Save.

When you create a user profile for a child, the Avast Omni Family Guardian app prompts you to set up the family protection features. If you skipped these steps, or want to edit the parental control settings for your child, follow the instructions below:

  1. Tap the Avast Omni icon on the Home screen of your device to open the app.
  2. Tap the Family icon at the bottom of the screen, then select the relevant child from your users list.
  3. Tap Downtime.
  4. Tap School hours or Night hours to edit the default settings, or tap New Downtime to schedule a custom internet block.
  5. Tap to select or deselect the boxes under the relevant days you want the downtime to occur, then use the drop-down menus to select start and end times for the internet block. If you are creating a New Downtime, also enter a name for the internet block. Tap Save to confirm your settings.

The internet is now blocked for the user on the specified day(s) and time.

To delete or edit a downtime, tap the tile to view the details, then tap Remove, or edit the downtime settings and tap Save.

When you create a user profile for a child, the Avast Omni Family Guardian app prompts you to set up the family protection features. If you skipped these steps, or want to edit the parental control settings for your child, follow the instructions below:

  1. Tap the Avast Omni icon on the Home screen of your parent device to open the app.
  2. Tap the Family icon at the bottom of the screen, then select the relevant child from your users list.
  3. Tap Downtime.
  4. Tap School hours or Night hours to edit the default settings, or tap New Downtime to schedule a custom internet block.
  5. Tap to select or deselect the boxes under the relevant days you want the downtime to occur, then use the drop-down menus to select start and end times for the internet block. If you are creating a New Downtime, also enter a name for the internet block. Tap Save to confirm your settings.

The internet is now blocked for the user on the specified day(s) and time.

To delete or edit a downtime, tap the tile to view the details, then tap Remove, or edit the downtime settings and tap Save.

Location alerts

Set up location alerts to receive notifications about your child's location at specified times or when your child arrives or leaves specified locations.

  1. Double-click the Avast Omni icon on your desktop to open the app.
  2. Click Your Home in the left panel, then select the relevant child from your users list.
  3. Click Location alerts.
  4. Click New Location Alert.
  5. Select the type of alert you want to set up:
    • By time: Schedule a specific time when you want to be notified of your child's location.
    • By place: Receive an alert when your child arrives or leaves a specified location.
  6. Enter the requested information for your chosen alert:
    • Time: use the drop-down menus to select a time for the alert, then tick the box(es) below the relevant days to select when you want to receive the location alert. Click Save to confirm.
    • Place: enter a Name and Address for the location. Click the sliders next to Arrives and Leaves to turn them ON (green) or OFF (gray). By default, both sliders are turned on, so you will receive a notification when your child arrives and leaves the specified location. Click Save to confirm your settings.

Your location alert is set up.

To delete or edit a location alert:

  1. Hover your mouse over the alert details and click either the trash can icon or the edit icon.
  2. Click Yes, Delete It, or edit the location alert details and click Save.

When you create a user profile for a child, the Avast Omni Family Guardian app prompts you to set up the family protection features. If you skipped these steps, or want to edit the parental control settings for your child, follow the instructions below:

  1. Tap the Avast Omni icon on the Home screen of your device to open the app.
  2. Tap the Family icon at the bottom of the screen, then select the relevant child from your users list.
  3. Tap Location alerts.
  4. Select the type of alert you want to set up:
    • Arrival/Departure Alerts: Receive an alert when your child arrives or leaves a specified location.
    • Scheduled Alerts: Schedule a specific time when you want to be notified of your child's location.
  5. Tap Add Alert.
  6. Enter the requested information for your chosen alert:
    • Location Alerts: enter a name/label and address for the location. Tap the sliders next to Arrival alert and Departure alert to turn them ON (green) or OFF (gray). By default, both sliders are enabled, so you will receive a notification when your child arrives and leaves the specified location. Tap Save to confirm your settings.
    • Scheduled Alerts: tap the box(es) below the relevant days to select when you want to receive the location alert, then use the drop-down menu to select a time for the alert. Tap Save to confirm your settings.

Your location alert is set up.

To delete or edit a location alert, tap the tile to view the details, then tap Remove, or edit the location alert settings and tap Save.

When you create a user profile for a child, the Avast Omni Family Guardian app prompts you to set up the family protection features. If you skipped these steps, or want to edit the parental control settings for your child, follow the instructions below:

  1. Tap the Avast Omni icon on the Home screen of your parent device to open the app.
  2. Tap the Family icon at the bottom of the screen, then select the relevant child from your users list.
  3. Tap Location alerts.
  4. Select the type of alert you want to set up:
    • Arrival/Departure Alert: Receive an alert when your child arrives or leaves a specified location.
    • Scheduled Alert: Schedule a specific time when you want to be notified of your child's location.
  5. Tap Add an Alert.
  6. Enter the requested information for your chosen alert:
    • Arrival/Departure Alerts: enter a name and address for the location, then tap the sliders next to Arrival alert and Departure alert to turn them ON (green) or OFF (gray). By default, both sliders are enabled, so you will receive a notification when your child arrives and leaves the specified location. Tap Save to confirm your settings.
    • Scheduled Alerts: tap the box(es) below the relevant days to select when you want to receive the location alert, then use the drop-down menu to select a time for the alert. Tap Save to confirm your settings.

Your location alert is set up.

To delete or edit a location alert, tap the tile to view the details, then tap Remove, or edit the location alert settings and tap Save.

  • Avast Omni 1.x
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 1, 32 / 64-bit
     
  • Apple macOS 10.14.x (Mojave)
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  • Google Android 5.0 (Lollipop, API 21) or higher
     
  • Apple iOS 11.0 or higher
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

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