Top family broadband plans for the school holidays

Top family broadband plans for the school holidays
Thursday, April 8, 2021

The countdown is on for the Easter school holidays! In a perfect world, school holidays mean plenty of “analogue” activities like playing outside, fun day trips, playing with friends and family. But in reality, especially as we head into the cooler winter months, this often means a spike in time spent online with devices.

Screen time can be a prime source of stress for parents, especially during the school holidays. The top 3 parental worries we see at Broadband Compare are:

  • The amount of time kids and teens spend on their digital devices and the impact this could have on their child’s health or development.
  • Concerns about kid’s safety online – the content they’re exposed to and who kids interact with online.
  • Outdate internet plans mean slow connections times with halting, buggering connections as more devices connect.

The good news is that there are simple steps that you can take today to protect your family online and avoid screen-time stress. Plus, we have recommended some top broadband plans for Kiwi families, so you can upgrade today. Don’t spend another school holiday suffering with a poor broadband connection.

Check out our top tips for protecting children online

Top Broadband Plans for Kiwi Families

These top broadband plans offer ISP family filter services, along with high-speed fibre broadband plans with unlimited data.

Extra Bonus
85

Unlimited Fibre 100 Deal Exclusive - $64.95/mth + great Bund...

from $64.95 /mo
First 12 months then 84.95/month
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
Extra Bonus
85

Unlimited Fibre 100 Deal Exclusive - $64.95/mth + great Bund...

Sign up on a 12-month contract and pay only $64.95/month! Also, bundle your broadband and power and get 10% bundle discount on both services. Get $5/mth off for each active mobile plan you bundle with...
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

12 months

Included features

Family filter / BYO Router

Terms and conditions

  • Offer is available to new customers only.
  • A minimum 12-month contract applies. Early Termination fee of $250 applies.
  • Not available in conjunction with any other offer. 
  • Offer will revert to standard prices as advertised on Slingshot.co.nz after 12 months.
  • The promotion is valid for a limited time only and is subject to change by Slingshot without notice.
  • Free standard installation.
  • Free Modem Rental with a one-off $14.95 delivery charge or Bring your own device (BYOD) and get a one-off $50 credit.
  • An extra 10% discount applies for Power and Broadband Bundles. The 10% discount is applied after all other offers.

Slingshot Broadband Ts&Cs
Slingshot Power Bundles Ts&Cs

Extra Bonus
70

Unlimited Fibre 100 Get strong Wi-Fi across your home

from $89.95 /mo
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
Extra Bonus
70

Unlimited Fibre 100 Get strong Wi-Fi across your home

Get FREE rental Google Nest Wifi router (one-off $14.95 delivery charge applies). Also, bundle your broadband and power and get 10% bundle discount on both services. Get $5/mth off for each active mob...
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

12 months

Included features

BYO Router

Terms and conditions

  • Offer is available to new customers only.
  • A minimum 12-month contract applies. Early Termination fee of $250 applies.
  • This offer is not available in conjunction with any other offer.
  • The promotion is valid for a limited time only and is subject to change by Orcon without notice.
  • Free Modem Rental with a one-off $14.95 delivery charge 
  • An extra 10% discount applies for Power and Broadband Bundles. The 10% discount is applied after all other offers. 

Full T&Cs's

 

FREE Mesh WiFi
32

Fibre 100 Deal Get a Premium WiFi Deco 2 pack for...

from $84.99 /mo
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
FREE Mesh WiFi
32

Fibre 100 Deal Get a Premium WiFi Deco 2 pack for...

No more dead spots! Sign up for Megatel’s latest broadband deal and get a Premium Mesh WiFi Deco 2 pack for free for fast and seamless internet! Plus, protect your devices from any of the nasties via
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

12 months

Included features

Family filter / Static IP / WiFi Extender

Terms and conditions

  • The Deco 2 pack special promotion provides a Premium WiFi Deco 2 pack if you sign up with Megatel broadband on 12 months contract.
  • To be eligible for Deco 2 Pack Special Promotion, your broadband service must be connected at a residential address, and the connection must be done within one month of signing the application.
  • This promotion is only available for Fibre broadband service. If you move to an address where UFB service is not available, you may need to purchase a DSL router/modem.
  • Depending on the size of your house, you may need to purchase additional Deco to ensure that the signal reaches every corner of your house.
  • A VoIP (Internet Phone) service cannot be selected with this promotion.
  • Addon service charges are not included in the promotion price and will be charged on a monthly basis if selected.
  • Early Termination Fee of $199 will be charged if the service is disconnected prior to the contract end date.
  • There is a one-off $15 delivery fee to deliver a Premium WiFi Deco 2 pack to you.
  • Promotional Terms and Conditions and General Terms and Conditions apply.
  • This promotion is only valid from 10th June 2021 till 30th Sep 2021.
4 months HALF PRICE
82

Unlimited Fibre 4 months HALF PRICE plus GIGABIT RO...

from $42.48 /mo
First 4 months then 84.95/month
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
4 months HALF PRICE
82

Unlimited Fibre 4 months HALF PRICE plus GIGABIT RO...

Get 4 months HALF PRICE broadband on 12mth contract plus a GIGABIT ROUTER. This offer is only available in Fibre Broadband areas. Terms and Conditions apply
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

12 months

Included features

Family filter / Rental router

Terms and conditions

  • This promotion can’t be used in conjunction with any other Stuff Fibre promotion.
  • This offer is only available to new customers to Stuff Fibre who sign up from 06 January 2020 on a 12 month contract term.
  • If you sign up for a 12 month contract term you will receive your first 4 months of Fibre base services for $42.48 per month, then 84.95 per month
  • Additional fees for other services such as Voice and shipping are excluded from the offer, and you will be charged in full for these services.
  • If your Fibre base service is cancelled prior to the expiry of the contract term then our standard exit fees apply. For a “12 Month Term” an Exit Fee of $99 applies.
  • Router delivery fee of $14.95 applies.
  • You will be eligible to receive the Loyalty Discount available at the date you sign up.
  • Otherwise, the Stuff Fibre terms and policies will continue to apply as normal.

 

Stuff Fibre Family Filter

Stuff Fibre’s SafeZone puts you in control of your family’s internet use. SafeZone is simple to use with nothing to install. You can turn filters on and off from anywhere and it protects every device connected to your home network. Filter out adult content, social media or anything undesirable should you need to. Plus it’s usually included free in Stuff Fibre’s broadband plans.

Orcon Family Filter

Orcon’s Family Filter is a non-intrusive first line of defence that protects any devices connected to your home Wifi.  It protects your family against R16+ sites; dating, drugs, gambling; alcohol and tobacco sites; known hacked or infected sites; sites about hacking and illegal activity; and suicide or self-harm site. It is usually included free in the first 12 months for new broadband customers, then for $5 per month.

Slingshot Family Filter

Slingshot’s Family Filter protects your family against 16+ sites, pornography, and nudity; known hacked or infected websites; dating, drugs, gambling, alcohol, tobacco sites; websites about hacking, dark web, and other illegal activity; and suicide and self-harm sites. It is usually included free in the first 12 months for new broadband customers, then for $5 per month.

Megatel

Megatel’s premium mesh Wifi extender features robust parental controls to block inappropriate content and restrict time spent online. The Wifi extender is perfect for a large family. It provides a fast and seamless connection so you can work and play from anywhere within your home. You no longer have to experience weak signals and dead zones as the signal can reach from the basement to the rooftop. 


Top tips for dealing with screen time during school holidays

Use family filter services

Choose a broadband provider with family filtering services. Spend some time before the holidays begin to make sure you understand how your service works and that it is set up correctly.

Set routines and boundaries

Have a family discussion with your children / teens and agree on realistic and achievable limits around screen time. Make a plan that establishes firm rules about how much time your child can spend with screens, and where, when, what and with whom they can use screen time.

Help your child make good app choices

Knowing what your child is doing online can make a big difference – are they spending their time on leisure or learning? Is it age appropriate? Are they active or passive? There are plenty of fun apps that can help children learn or develop important skills like hand-eye coordination, literacy skills, relationship skills and more. Common Sense Media review apps, games, website and movies to help parents decide what is appropriate for their children.

Establish firm cut off times or points

One of the main battles parents can have with kids online is “just one more show”, or “I just need to reach the next level”. The feeling that they are never ‘done’ or ‘complete’ can cause ongoing disagreements. You may find it easier not to have prescribed time (eg: 1 hour) and rather have precise quantities or cut-off points. For example, “you can watch two episodes of your favourite show”, or “You can play four Fortnite battles”.

Give plenty of warning time

Give kids plenty of warning before their screen-time will end. These simple spoken reminders allow kids to prepare themselves for the end of screen-time and hopefully prevent a dreaded tech-tantrum.

Have tech-free zones at home

Ideally, kids should only use devices in public areas of the house like the living room or dining room. Have clear rules about where it is ok to use screens and technology and make bedrooms, bathrooms and play areas tech-free.

Get out of the house

One of the easiest ways to limit screen time during the school holidays is to plan tech-free activities each day. Try to plan plenty of opportunities to spend time outside with friends, engaging in physical activity, and outside in nature. We are lucky in New Zealand to have plenty of opportunities to enjoy outdoor spaces, library holiday programmes and community programmes. Plan bush walks, trips to the beach, museum visits, interesting crafts or projects.

Related news
NZ’s First Netsafety Week starts today!
Let’s get behind it Aotearoa and keep each other safe online.
Jul 26, 2021
Our mates at realestate.co.nz are giving away $100k to one lucky Kiwi!
It could be you! Find out how to be in to win today.
Jul 20, 2021
5 Ways to improve your broadband speed at home
Looking for faster broadband? Here are our top 5 tips to improve your broadband speed at home. Make freezing, buffering and pixelated videos a...
Jul 14, 2021
Login
×
Log in with
Sign up for free NZ Compare account
×
Log in with
3 Great Offers
×
$150 JOINING CREDIT
Exclusive Deal if you switch today
Limited time only
T&Cs apply
$150 JOINING CREDIT
Exclusive Deal if you switch today
Limited time only
T&Cs apply
Compare the best power and providers! 
Save yourself from Winter bill-shock, switch today!
Compare the best power and providers!
Save yourself from Winter bill-shock, switch today!
Unlimited Broadband 
From $59.99/month
When you bundle with Energy.
Ts & Cs and $14.99 P&D apply
Unlimited Broadband
From $59.99/month
When you bundle with Energy.
Ts & Cs and $14.99 P&D apply