So, Engadget reported this week on a Kickstarter campaign for Kudoso, a router/software combination that enables you to limit kids’ screen time and encourage them to complete chores, schoolwork, play outside, etc. Essentially, it locks kids their gadgets out of the internet, and via an interface that parents control, allows them to earn time on various sites by completing particular chores or activities. It looks like it might be a few hours of set up time, but if it works, it could simplify things some families.
I’ve moved toward the “unlimited earned time” model with my kids, but I think something like this might be super effective in helping younger children to diversify their behavior and learn some good habits, while still allowing them to engage with media. I like that it links with existing electronic tracking and teaching tools, like Kahn Academy and Fitbit, which can make it possible for some rewards to automated.
However, one question many parents have asked me about my system is how to confirm that kids have, indeed, completed their chores if you are not at home to check that the bed is actually made or the laundry folded. I’m not sure (yet) how to work around that, with this or any system.
I’m not quite intrigued enough to plunk down the cash at the moment, but will be following the reviews.
Here’s the story from Engadget. And here’s the Kickstarter page.
If anyone tries it, please let us know how it goes.