Top family broadband plans for the summer holidays

Top family broadband plans for the summer holidays
Tuesday, 24 November 2020

After a rollercoaster of a year, the summer holidays are finally on the horizon for most of us. If you have a family and school-age children, this means the long summer holidays.

In a perfect world this means plenty of “analogue” activities like playing outside, trips to the pool or beach and playing with friend and family. But, in reality holidays often mean a spike in digital and online activities for children.  

As technology has changed, screen time has become a prime source of stress for parents, especially during the school holidays. The top 3 parental concerns that we see at Broadband Compare are:

  • too many devices online at home with outdated internet plans means slow connection times, and a halting, buffering connection. 
  • Concerns about the amount of time kids and teens spend on their digital devices and the impact this could have on their child’s development or health.
  • Safety concerns about content kids and teens are exposed to and who kids interact with online.

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, you can upgrade your connection today so that you 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 providers provide ISP family filter services, along with high speed fibre broadband plans with unlimited data.

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Full plan details

Contract options

12 months

Terms and conditions

  • 12-month term applies to all plans, exit fees of $250 apply.
  • Standard pricing applies after 12 months.
  • **Average Orcon Fibre plan (Fibre 100 or Fibre 300, depending on location) or Fibre Pro plan (Fibre Max) download/upload speeds with compatible modem at busy times (SamKnows December 2021 or Orcon November 2021). Experienced speeds may be higher or lower. For more information on how we measure speeds visits.(SamKnows December 2021)  More info
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Full plan details

Contract options

12 months

Included features

Family filter

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.
  • Brand new Orbi Wi-Fi 6 Router is $5/month rental with a one-off $14.95 delivery charge or Bring your own device.
  • Additional add on MESH Satellite units:​
    • 1 Satellite Unit ($5/month) - recommended for homes between 150 and 300sqm
    • 2 Satellite Units ($10/month) - recommended for homes greater than 300sqm
  • Modem to be returned if customer cancels.
  • Refer to the Slingshot website for more FAQ`s regarding modems.
  • Receive $5/m broadband discount for each mobile plan added - no more than 4 mobile plans on the new sign-up are allowed.

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Stuff Fibre

Stuff Fibre’s SafeZone helps filter out adult content, social media or anything undesirable should you need to. It 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.

Orcon

Orcon’s Family Filter is a non-intrusive first line of defence 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

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.


Top tips for dealing with screen time during school holidays

Use family filter services

Choose a broadband provider with a 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 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 you 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 present a dreaded tech-tantrum.

Have tech free zones at home

Ideally, kids should only use screen 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 spent 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.

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