The bad effects of too much screentime every parent should know

Your kid’s health is important. You do everything to make sure they are as healthy as possible. But when it comes to screentime, most parents don’t realise the effect this can have on their kids health. What can you do to help them?

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1. Bad quality of sleep

Studies show that the blue light emitted from screens affects the levels of sleep inducing hormones, causing less “quality” sleep. Turn off their devices an hour before bedtime with HomeHalo’s curfews to ensure they have a good night’s sleep.

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2. Effect on school grades

Being online constantly can also cause issues with your kids grades. HomeHalo’s Homework mode ensures there are no distractions when they should be studying

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3. Greater chance of seeing something they shouldn’t

Over 47% of children admit seeing online porn or inappropriate images whilst surfing the net. Using HomeHalo’s content rules you can be sure they are only seeing websites appropriate to them

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4. No boundaries

There are no rules on the internet and kids of any age can access any website they wish. Most websites “age” restrictions are as simple as typing a date of birth which can easily be faked. With HomeHalo, the content is filtered to match their age so you can rest assured they aren’t on any adult sites they shouldn’t be

 

HomeHalo is hear to help and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us!

 

Christmas 2015: Top gadgets for kids

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So December is here and the festive season has begun. In the coming weeks we’ll be braving the high streets and trawling the web trying to get all of our Christmas shopping done. But in today’s digital age it’s harder than ever to find presents that don’t break the bank.

This has got us reminiscing about the toys of our childhood, back in the days when presents didn’t need to connect to the internet! Do you remember asking for a Rubix cube? How about chopper bike? In fact the most hi-tech thing we ever asked for were Polaroid cameras or record players.

Well, nowadays Christmas lists are filled with gadgets and gizmos that are bound to keep kids hooked to their screens until the New Year and beyond. In this post we’ll run you though some of the top gadgets for kids this Christmas. We’ve included something for all age groups and budgets, so whether you’re looking for a last minute stocking filler or a big gift you’ll find something here. But remember, when the time comes to drag your kids away from their screens HomeHalo will be ready and waiting.

 

  1. Lego Fusion Townmaster- Around £39.95

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    We’ve all played with Lego at some point, but gone are the days when it was just plastic bricks and imagination. Lego Fusion Townmaster is an interactive Lego set which links to your smartphone to allow your creations to come alive. If your kids are technology addicts, this is the perfect balance between screen time and good old fashioned imagination play. The set includes 256 Lego pieces and an iOS or Android app for around £39.95


    2. Amazon Fire Kids Edition- From £79

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    Amazon’s latest kiddy tablet starts at £79 and is the perfect introduction to the digital world. The new gadget comes in a chunky case to keep it protected from those inevitable drops and tumbles. Included with the device is a year’s subscription to ‘Amazon Fire For Kids Unlimited’, giving access to a load of kiddy-friendly content. Plus, it comes in pink or blue!


    3. Luckies Smartphone Projector- £17.95

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Want to watch your favourite videos and movies on the big screen? Turn any room into a cinema with this handy smartphone projector. This gadget fits all smartphones up to a maximum size of 8.0cm x 14.5cm and 3.2 x 5.7 inches.

 

4. Official Star Wars: The Force Awakens BB-8 Interactive Droid- £129.99

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Controlled by your smartphone, the BB-8 Droid allows kids to live out their Star Wars fantasies. The droid can be controlled by voice command and allows kids to watch and record holograms. Its movements and personality are as authentic as they are advanced and offers a range of expressions and interaction.


5. Leap TV- £79.99

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LeapTV is an educational video gaming system that allows kids’ to learn through motion. Featuring 70+ LeapFrog educator-approved games and videos it teaches reading skills, mathematics, science and creativity.

Featuring three different game modes, BodyMotion, Pointer Play & Classic control. Whether swinging through Skyscrapers as Spiderman or crashing around on Kart Racing, Leap TV is bound to keep the kids entertained for a while… or at least until new year.

 

6. Batman Gadget Pen- £6.99

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A must have for all Batman fans is the Batman Gadget Pen. The handy gizmo features a ball-point pen, flat and cross-head screwdriver, ruler, spirit level and smartphone stylus all in one trusty device.


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£35, plus £3 per month subscription

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With all the new gadgets your kids are asking for this Christmas, you’re going to need a way to bring them back into the real world. Luckily HomeHalo is here to help. Our app and router allow you to manage the time your kids spend online, the sites they visit and much more. It’s the easiest way to give your kids a balanced digital diet. Plus our Homework Mode will help ease your kids back into the new term. Order yours today for just £35 and you can have it set up in time for Christmas.

HomeHalo Press Briefing: ‘Preventing 8.5 million arguments’

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So we’ve 8.5 million arguments every day about kids on screens. 56% of parents are being flatly ignored by their kids and parents feel powerless. That’s a key finding from the research we ran on 1000 parents with Netmums and supported by the TV psychologist, Honey Langcaster-Jones (Big Brother and a regular on breakfast TV).

We love the internet, but surely it should not cause this level of aggravation. On Tuesday this week we began to sort this out!

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A select number of press & bloggers including: Emma and 3, Boo, Roo and Tigger too, Grenglish, Me and My Shadow, Kiddy Charts, A Moment With Franca, MumsMakeLists joined us to discuss the outcomes of our research. We took the opportunity to demonstrate the HomeHalo app and router, the very simplest way to enact proper parenting of your kids whilst they’re on-line.

Meanwhile Honey was busy being quizzed by 5 different radio stations. Her interviews made it to air on 25 different channels in the end! The research is now supporting numerous journalists in heaps of national and regional newspapers and periodicals, starting with the Daily Mail.

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The simple message is that there is a really simple solution! The UK can save all that stress by simple parenting tactics that we can all understand. And the great news is that there is a new and simple tool on the market that allows you to set some simple rules for all your kids and their devices. Click here to find out more.

What do our customers have to say?

“I just love the app that allows me to give the kids more time in seconds. I’m in control again and so much more comfortable knowing that my kids are protected. Also it’s clever how the kids have different rules – but I’m not restricted.”

 Mary, Norfolk, UK.

 

“HomeHalo is exactly what concerned parents have been waiting for. Discrete control of your child’s exposure to on-line dangers. Easy to set up, simple to use, providing knowledge and peace of mind that your child is safe without being overbearing and controlling. Thank you HomeHalo”

The Hawke Family, Hampshire, UK.

 

“HomeHalo is better than good, now we are over the start-up resentment, both kids are sending “more time” requests & I love that it has eliminated the daily homework battles with Lauren “

Helen, Wiltshire, UK.

 

 

HomeHalo win Theo Paphitis’ Small Business Sunday award

Today we want to share some exciting news, in that HomeHalo is one of the lucky winners of the Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday award! International entrepreneur and star of BBC2’s Dragon’s Den, Theo Paphitis is the founder of the Small Business Sunday award (SBS).

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How does Small Business Sunday work?

Each Sunday thousands of small businesses apply to become an SBS winner. Applicants can enter by tweeting their business idea to Theo using the hashtag #SBS. Theo himself chooses his favorite businesses who instantly become part of the auspicious SBS Winners club!

Here’s what Theo has to say about SBS:

“I admire people who have passion and energy. If you cannot bore your friends to death about your own small business then something is seriously wrong. I was struck by the number of business owners on Twitter who wanted to tell me about their new products and services. Small Business Sunday was born so that people have a specific time slot to tweet and can pitch their ‘sell’ directly to me.”

 

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If you’ve seen Dragon’s Den before you’ll know how business savvy Theo Paphitis is, so it’s a fantastic honor to be recognized by such a revered businessman. Theo is also the brains behind some huge high-street brands, like Ryman, Robert Dyas and Red Letter Days.

Since we began the HomeHalo journey almost 5 years ago, we’ve been working hard to make our dream of a safer internet a reality and this is a great reminder of how important the mission is. We’ve had huge response on Twitter and we’d like to thank everybody who has showed their support. We would also like to thank Theo and his SBS team for this fantastic recognition and we’re looking forward to working with the SBS network in the future. To find out more about the award please visit http://theopaphitissbs.com/ You can also follow Theo on Twitter via @TheoPaphitis

To find out more about HomeHalo and how to join us on our journey visit www.homehalo.co.uk/products