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.