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Progressive web app for parents to restrict their children's exposure to the Internet both within and outside the home environment with time-based rules

Haandle was conceptualized and founded by Paul Hague, a technocrat with 25+ years of industry expertise under his belt. Being a father of three, Paul, like all parents, was always concerned about the safety of the children, especially when online.

Having first-hand experience of how obsessive usage, anonymous chat sites, online bullying, and inappropriate content, etc. can influence a child's behavior to a considerable extent, Paul took measures to curb the issues surrounding modern digital culture. He empowered parents to keep a safety check on their children by handling internet access. Thus he founded Haandle.

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The Problem

When the client approached us with their prerequisites, we gathered the following insights:
  • The client already had a web app, which they wanted to be placed at a central location so that any upgrade to the app can be done from a single place.
  • Also, if they had to do an upgrade of the firmware, it had to be pushed through all the devices, which was time-consuming.
  • The website required a redesign, therefore, leaning more towards an app-like experience rather than a web-like experience, for a better user experience.

The Solution

Website Redesign via Progressive Web Apps

Using PWA, we were able to provide a mobile-like experience, while at the same time, running it on the browser, the advantage being, it provided the look and feel of a mobile app, without having to build an altogether separate mobile app.

Tech Stack

For website redesign i.e., to have an app-like look and feel, we used Angular 6. The APIs are written in NodeJS, which are handled by the client.

Project Management Methodology

We used the Agile or Scrum methodology and also applied certain aspects of SDLC methodologies during the course of the entire project lifecycle. The project was defined by specified timeframes of equal duration or Sprints, with tasks from the backlog distributed across them. This enabled us to reach a milestone in development, whereby we were able to release a build for our client preview on time.

Advanced Features

Listed below are a few of the advanced features:

  • Incorporated Google's SafeSearch to Empower Parents
    With the SafeSearch feature added to the web app, parents can now prevent their children from viewing explicit content on their devices, usually arising out of inappropriate search results.
  • Adding Filters
    We added several filter levels on the web app, which empowered the parents to view and control the categories selected in each age group. Here, parents can also apply the most appropriate level of filtering to protect children from accessing or viewing harmful content.
  • Creating Rules
    We created rules for parents so that they could apply their discretion on when the child should have access to the Internet, be it all day or at specific times. In case the child has access to more than one device, parents can then group the devices and apply a single rule to all, be it to access the Internet or for blocking it for a specific time period.

The Result

With the web app now having an app-like look and feel, it delivered the following results:

Control Access Time

Parents can now set up time rules for when their children can access the internet on their devices and desktops.

Limited Wi-Fi and Mobile Data Access

The web app curbs mobile networks, in and around the home environment and Wi-Fi.

Content Filtering

The web app adds layers of filters to ensure that the child does not have access to inappropriate content on the web or via search results.

Creating Device Rules

The web app empowers parents to create individual rules for mobile devices and desktops.

Wide Compatibility

Both the hardware as well as the software are compatible with all Internet routers, devices, and desktops.

The Result