The initiative, which comes up to over S$5 million, strives to help parents manage their children’s screen time and internet safety in these trying times.
Local health tech company, Plano Pte Ltd today announced that all Singaporean families will be given the annual membership of its science-based parental management eye health application, plano for free.
In an interview on CNA938’s Tech Talk segment, Plano’s Founding Managing Director Associate Professor Mohamed Dirani said that with the full suite of parental control features made available to parents for free, Plano hopes to help “all Singaporean families deal with issues of excessive device use,” especially during the circuit breaker period.
plano is a science-based parental management app that helps parents manage their children’s eye health and myopia and ensures safe mobile device use.
Supported by the Singapore Government and with affiliations to Singapore National Eye Centre and Singapore Eye Research Institute, plano has become an indispensable parenting tool for more than 500,000 parents across the globe.
All parents in Singapore who download and register on plano from 4 May ’20 to 1 June ’20 will be eligible for the promotion. Additionally, existing plano users on the free and monthly subscription plans will be automatically upgraded to the annual plan with effect from 4 May ‘20.
The full suite of premium features include digital eye health and progress reports, app blocking and remote locking functions, among others. Parents can access Plano’s website for more information on the app and the promotion.
The company has made various efforts to curb the collateral health implications that may arise as a result of increased screen time and sedentary behaviour during the stay-home notice in Singapore.
Last month, Plano launched the ‘Stay Home Adventures’ campaign to deliver copies of its bestselling children’s book series, The Plano Adventures to families nation-wide. It partnered with local charities and social service agencies, including the Singapore Children’s Society and the Singapore Muslim Women’s Association (PPIS) to reach underprivileged children with its books. Through the campaign, Plano is working with parents who find it challenging to engage their children in device-free activities at home to provide more options for such activities.
Plano is also now onboarding optometrists onto the Plano Eyecheck platform free of charge until 1 June ’20. Plano Eyecheck is an easy-to-use online platform that connects people to their nearest optometrist and allows them to locate, book and manage appointments for a variety of eye care services, including comprehensive eye check-ups and myopia control consultations.
“Visits to optical shops are now by appointment-only. Effectively, with the Plano Eyecheck platform, we want to help everyone in Singapore to protect their eye health, even after the pandemic. We urge everyone to make an appointment through the platform after the restrictions have been lifted.”
“To our local optometrists, we want to thank you for your contributions to the industry. This initiative is our way of showing that as a company, we stand with you in these unprecedented times,” said Dr Dirani.
Dr Dirani said that these efforts are initial steps Plano will be taking to reach out to families in Singapore in this period of time.
“COVID-19 knows no geographical or social boundaries. Avoiding the collateral health damage that comes with excessive screen time during this period is extremely important. We pledge to commit our time and resources towards helping parents ensure that their children remain safe and healthy in these testing times.”