Questions you may have
With some helpful answers
How does a lack of screen time management put my child at risk?
Numerous professors, doctors, scientists and teachers agree that healthy screen limits are essential to making sure technology doesn’t damage your child’s mental or physical health, social skills or chances of academic success.
There is a wide body of academic research which shows that excessive screen time can cause:
- physical health problems, including obesity, aches and pains and vision issues
- mental health problems, including aggression and inability to focus
- social isolation
- academic underperformance, through sleep deprivation
"Several studies have documented that higher levels of screen time are associated with less sleep, more attention problems, and lower academic performance and involvement."
- Source: Journal of American Medical Association Pediatrics - JAMA
How does Habyts work?
Habyts manages your child’s devices through an app which you install on each device. Your parent dashboard then ‘talks’ to the app on each device. You can access your parent dashboard from any web browser.
When you register for Habyts, the first thing you do is set up your kids’ Schedule - their total screen time allowance each day and the earliest and latest time they can use it. You then install Habyts on every device your kids use, including those shared as a family.
Once set up, you and your kids can access Habyts via the Dashboards. Accessible on any device, there is one for you (Parent Dashboard) and one for each of your kids too (Child Dashboard). The Dashboards allows on-the-go access to Habyts, wherever you are, whenever you need it.
Habyts also allows you to set Tasks for your kids, and incentivise them with Points. With Points, your kids can unlock bonus screen time (up to a daily limit that you can set) or save Points towards Rewards. Habyts allows you easily to do all this, and more, from your Dashboard.
Finally, you can control which apps and websites your kids can access. You can block certain apps and websites altogether, and limit access to others during Study Time. And using Reports, you can see what your kids get up to, and how much screen time they use each day.
Which devices does Habyts work on?
You can access your Parent Dashboard from any device with a web browser.
Habyts can control your child’s Windows PC (including laptops), Android phone or tablet, and Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod. A version for Amazon Fire tablets is coming soon.
How is Habyts different from other internet or time management products?
Habyts works wherever your kids are, managing their screen time and protecting them from the worst of the web. Habyts adds up their time spent on different devices (even across phones and laptops) so they can’t just move from one device to another to avoid limits.
You can even remove distractions during Study time by limiting which sites and apps they can use!
But there is so much more to Habyts than just screen time controls. Tired of chore wars? Set your kids Tasks and incentivise them with Points! And use the Habyts Reward system to help teach your kids the good habits that they’ll need as they get older. You’ll be amazed by how positive rewards changes the atmosphere in your home!
Each child has a separate account, so you can set custom screen time rules, tasks and rewards, all of which can be accessed on the go via your Dashboard. These accounts still apply on shared devices, so family computers or tablets can also be managed, and you can see reports on who has been doing what!
Habyts doesn’t need another box in your home, works on all networks (wifi, 3G, 4G, Ethernet...) and manages screen time even when your kids are offline, so offline games or downloaded videos (which don’t need an internet connection) are still managed.
My kids are more technical than me and seem to get around every control system. Will they be able to hack Habyts?
We’ve had many, many ‘kid testers’ trying to break the system so we’re confident that your kids won’t be able to get around it. Just make sure you keep your parent password safe!
Is Habyts secure?
We take your data security very seriously. Your data is secured in the cloud, and we use https (secure http) for all web communications.
Your kids can't tamper with or uninstall Habyts without your knowledge and permission.
Do I need to know anything technical to use Habyts?
No, we’ve designed Habyts so that it’s easy to use even for complete technology beginners.
How can I be sure that Habyts will work for me?
We have worked with many families around the world to make Habyts easy to use in every situation, and we’re always available to help if you aren’t sure what to do (see below). Remember that you can try Habyts for free – you don’t need to give credit card details to trial Habyts, you can use every feature we’ve got, and there is no obligation to buy.
What happens when the free trial ends?
We hope you’ll like Habyts so much that you’ll want to subscribe to our service, so in the last few days of the trial we’ll give you the option to subscribe – we’ll send you email reminders with a link, or you can subscribe directly through your parent dashboard.
If you don’t want to subscribe, after the last day of the trial period, Habyts controls will simply stop working. You don’t need to uninstall the Habyts apps on your kids’ devices (though of course you can do so if you want).
How much does Habyts cost?
It depends on what you need – but not even close to the price of a smartphone, tablet or therapist.
Please see our pricing here: https://habyts.com/pricing
In fact, if you look at the Big Mac Index from The Economist, our prices are similar to 1-3 Big Macs a month.
Can I get help and/or speak to someone if I need to?
Yes, we’re available via email (email@example.com) or +44 (0) 203 865 1884 (from USA or Canada: 011 44 203 865 1884). You can also contact us via our Contact page. Please get in touch if you have any questions or need assistance