Hopster Review: Safe Screen Time for Little Ones

Hopster Review: Safe Screen Time for Little Ones

Like it or not, our children are growing up in a world filled with Technology. Already at the age of 5 Mini has her homework tasks from school set on an online app.She is also starting to navigate her way around tablets, phones and computers. I had been looking for a safe way to encourage her digital learning and came across Hopster. Hopster is a downloadable app that offers children a huge range of shows to watch, games to play, books to read and music to listen to.

When we were given the opportunity to review Hopster I was really intrigued to see what it had to offer. I’d let Mini play on other downloadable apps on our tablet in the past however, there were many with in-app purchases. I didn’t always feel comfortable that she wouldn’t click onto other things. We also had a bad experience of letting her watch clips on YouTube. She had clicked some related content and ended up watching clips I didn’t feel were appropriate and impacted her behaviour, she became instantly aggressive and angry.

After activating our account I downloaded the Hospter App and let Mini explore. She quickly found characters that she knew and loved such as Moshi Monsters and Sesame Street as well as discovering new ones. She found Hopster easy to navigate and explore without any help from us.

So far Mini has really enjoyed using the Hopster App and I have peace of mind in letting her play safely. We have decided however, that we feel it’s a good idea to limit screen time to a sensible amount. Some days we let Mini use Hopster before bed instead of a story however she knows that’s a special treat rather than a routine. Hopster has been useful when we’ve been out and about for example waiting for food at a restaurant. Content can also be downloaded so that it’s accessible offline. This is great when you aren’t in a position to connect to Wi-Fi; a useful feature for car journeys.

Hopster is available via a paid subscription for £3.99 a month, £19.99 for 6 months or £34.99 for 12 months. There is no contract and you can cancel the subscription at any point. I feel for the amount of quality content and variety you get, the prices are great value for money. Once subscribed you can then access Hopster on multiple devices. Both Mr Mack and I have the app on our phones and we have also installed it on our Ipad and Hudl. Hopster is available via the Appstore and GooglePlay to download onto phones and tablets, as well as being accessible on Apple TV and Amazon Fire Stick TV.

The content on Hopster regularly updates so that there is always something new to explore. I particularly rate the games on Hopster as they seem to be educationally based yet fun, bright and colourful to explore. Parents also receive a monthly report via email which details how much time little ones have spent on Hopster and the types of things they have been doing, which I think is another really useful feature. We discovered that Mini was watching lots of shows on the app. We therefore encouraged her to explore the other areas such as music and games to get more of an interactive balance.

Disclaimer: We received a yearly subscription to Hopster for the purposes of this review, all opinions and thoughts are entirely our own.

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20 Comments

  1. June 5, 2018 / 10:25 am

    This looks like a great app for kids. As a web developer myself I know how important tech is going to become in our children’s every day lives. Anything that can make screen time not only educational but safer gets a huge tick from me

    • mommamack15
      Author
      June 5, 2018 / 10:57 am

      I absolutely agree technology is a useful tool and will be a huge part of children’s futures, it’s just having an awareness of helping them use it in a safe way

  2. July 9, 2018 / 10:06 am

    I love the idea of getting a report from the app to see what the kids are doing and what things are engaging them – I haven’t come across that feature in an app before. My kids at 8 and 5 are already very proficient with technology even though we only allow them a very limited amount of time on devices (Fridays after school is about it!) so it’s great to see an app that can entertain them in a ‘safe space’.

    • mommamack15
      Author
      July 9, 2018 / 10:12 am

      I like that feature too, the last report showed she was watching a lot of clips and not doing many games or interactive activities so we were able to talk to her about that and encouraged her to use the other areas of the app.

  3. July 9, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    This sounds like such great peace of mind for parents with little ones using technology!

    • mommamack15
      Author
      July 9, 2018 / 12:41 pm

      It is, I can honestly say I’ve been really impressed with it.

  4. July 9, 2018 / 4:03 pm

    I’m always on the look out for educational games. Not heard of Hopster so will have to give it a look.

    • mommamack15
      Author
      July 9, 2018 / 4:15 pm

      There’s often a free week’s trial available which is good to test it out before subscribing.

  5. July 9, 2018 / 7:10 pm

    I do love apps like this – going online is a part of most children’s life these days, so it’s important to find safe apps and websites for them to explore. Kaz

    • mommamack15
      Author
      July 9, 2018 / 7:19 pm

      I agree, it’s inevitable they are going to go online so at least I can help her to do it in a safe way.

  6. July 9, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    Sounds like a great app. I’m always on the look out for new app recommendations. I especially like the monthly reports feature!

    • mommamack15
      Author
      July 9, 2018 / 7:20 pm

      I really like that feature too.

  7. July 10, 2018 / 11:56 am

    That sounds like a great app and not a bad subscription price, either! You are so right, we do live in a world where technology is so important and we must be sensible about allowing our kids to use it. Interesting to hear that schools are getting on board and using it for things like homework, too. I just think it makes life so much easier!

    • mommamack15
      Author
      July 10, 2018 / 4:59 pm

      I agree it is a reasonable price, and you get a lot on content for it that keeps on updating. I do however, keep forgetting to check the app for homework tasks though 🙁

  8. Helen
    July 10, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    Oo this sounds really good and the fact it is safe is reassuring for us parents! I like that it is £3.99 a month, which I feel is pretty reasonable 🙂

    • mommamack15
      Author
      July 10, 2018 / 6:55 pm

      Yes, you’d pay that for a one off kids magazine which wouldn’t last you a whole month

  9. July 10, 2018 / 6:53 pm

    Sounds like a really useful app. Technology is a big part of our everyday lives now so apps like this give us peace of mind knowing our kids are safe whilst using it. 🙂

    • mommamack15
      Author
      July 10, 2018 / 6:54 pm

      Definitely, I only wish there were more apps like this one for little ones.

  10. November 26, 2018 / 5:34 pm

    That’s really interesting! My daughter is still too young but this sounds like something I’ll need down the road.

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