A router that only allows internet access after household chores have been completed is being developed in the US.
Kudoso allows parents to set a list of tasks that unlock minutes to be used online.
The device’s makers hope to eventually incorporate fitness apps into the system to reward children who regularly exercise.
One parenting expert told the BBC she thought the technology “seems a bit over the top”.
Parenting author Judy Reith, who runs parentingpeople.co.uk, said concern was growing about internet use.
“I’ve interviewed a lot of parents,” she said.