HomeHalo the internet time and content restriction hub for families

October 18, 2015

I’m quite open about how strict I am when it comes to the access that my children have to the internet. Whilst they each have their own tablets that have games and apps downloaded onto them they are password controlled and they aren’t able to add new content without permission. I am quite lucky in that they understand even at the age of four and eight that should they attempt to download content or access sites that I haven’t agreed that they will lose their privileges.

As my children get older however they are starting to need to access different apps and websites for school projects etc. as well as for their entertainment. Roo for example often comes home with a list of websites that she needs to access in order to research for a project that they are completing at school.

My main concern at the moment for my children isn’t about restricting the time they are able to access the internet (although I’m aware that day will come along soon) but the content that they are able to see. It is all too easy to misspell a word when searching, click on a pop up advert or be drawn to links that are on the sidebars of websites.


Earlier this week I was invited down to London for the launch of HomeHalo an easy-to-install WiFi router and app that helps you control internet time and content for the whole family.

The HomeHalo hub simply piggybacks on to your internet router and using the free app (which is installed on to one device and is password controlled) different controls can be put in place for each internet user. It is worth noting that these rules will be device based i.e. if Roo was to use Tigger’s tablet she would only have his permission rights regarding time allowance and content restrictions however a quick log into the app via my device I would be able to assign Roo’s permissions to Tigger’s tablet for as long as she was using it.

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Assigning access rights

Within the app you can set up a different profile for each family member, including any adults then assign them access rights. HomeHalo have already pre-set recommended age groups within the app that you can select which will restrict the internet content accordingly. This can be altered by whitelisting (or blacklisting) websites that you’d also like (or not like) that person to access.

Alongside the internet restrictions you are then able to add the times within the day that they can access the internet, for example Roo goes to bed at 8pm so I might want to shut off her access an hour before bed so she can wind down as well as have a wash, dressed etc. As she is an early riser I might want to let her internet usage start at 6am so that she can amuse herself in her room until 7am when the rest of the house is happier to get out of bed.

Home Halo Logo 2

What you need to know about HomeHalo

  • The wireless box costs £35 and is available from www.homehalo.co.uk (currently on offer with £10 off until the 9th November) and Amazon.
  • There is a small £3 monthly charge for the service, which can be cancelled at any time
  • HomeHalo does not work with 3G enabled devices as the user could simply turn off the WiFi connection and use their 3G data package therefore, it is best suited to children from the age of 6-11

Boo Roo and Tigger Too’s thoughts…

Having investigated parental controls for our internet before and found it far too complicated with software needed to be added to each device and then needing to have a degree in computer science to understand how to operate it I was pleasantly surprised at just how easy the HomeHalo was to install into the family home and how it could be adjusted easily via an app to accommodate extra internet time or content requirements.

Priced at just £35 for the HomeHalo hub itself makes it something that all families are able to access rather than just those who have the money to spend on an expensive piece of equipment. The £3 monthly subscription charge falls in line with a cup of takeaway coffee so represents good value for money.

Take a look at what other bloggers thought of HomeHalo:
Emma & Three | Grenglish

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  • Pinkoddy October 18, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    I am seriously considering this as we are having a few issues here ourselves. What still disturbs me is the content that YouTube allow that is accessible for kids and I don’t really want to have to stop them accessing that site. This sounds a good way to make sure that they are only online when I can supervise them

  • Sarah MumofThree World October 19, 2015 at 5:39 am

    That sounds very interesting. I do sometimes wonder exactly what videos my boys are watching on YouTube! (It’s usually American men doing stupid, dangerous stuff!) Although the point about the 3G could be an issue for us – my boys are pretty savvy and they could easily get round it by switching to 3G.

  • Kate Takes 5 October 19, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    I love how simple this looks to use. I’ve tried other options but always give up halfway through because I get confused! This is defo on my list to try next.

  • Emma October 19, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    I loved the idea of the system and all it offers. I think it is valuable when you have children of differing ages and responsibilities.

  • Cass Bailey October 20, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    This does look fab for younger children using the internet at home although I think my two are a bit old now as they would simply switch to 4G 😉

  • Aly October 21, 2015 at 7:57 am

    I can see how useful this would be for many households who have kids with lots of devices.

  • Otilia October 21, 2015 at 10:27 am

    It is very interested and I am actually really inclined to buy it. It is easier to restrict time via the app than just take the tablet away when they finish their time. Very interesting.

  • David October 22, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    It’s made a big difference in our house already. It’s known that the WiFi goes off for the kids half an hour before bed. Fewer arguments, less distracted homework time, no sneaking devices into bed and a great habbit of asking permission if an extension is needed (say a project that simply has to be in tomorrow). Big bonus is that there are fewer distractions to our quality times as we all realise that life is more important than soc media 😉 Most importantly it means more time on the bike!


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