Kid Point Tracking by Juicebox Software immediately impressed me as a point tracking system for children. It used to be that parents would award good behavior by posting gold stars under the child’s name on the refrigerator. Now, with the advent of shiny, new technology, the same parent can keep track of their kids’ good deeds on the very same device they use to conduct business or play video games: their iPhone.
Right off the bat, however, it’s easy to think that something is missing. What I would like to see is an immediate set-up process that asks for how many children you have and their names and ages. That said, the “setup” button is easy to see on the first page. Press it and it gives you exactly those options I mentioned plus the options to add actions with point values and categories of these actions. For example: “Eat breakfast” is an action and “Morning” is that action’s category.
Adding children to Kid Point Tracking is a snap. First it asks you how many children for which you’re tracking points. After that you come to an individual child’s setup screen on which you’ve got name, age and photo options. It’s just as easy as tapping, typing and sliding.
After you’ve added children, you can go back to the home page and start recording points. Now, it would have been easy to make this app with a pre-set list of actions that gain points, but what’s good about this app is that not only does it come with actions, but you can also add some of your own. For example, “Did Homework” is not on the list. Believe me, I looked. It’s just not there. An odd thing to leave out, I know, but I can easily add it:
In order to add “Did Homework” to our list of actions, you can go back to the home screen and press Setup again. Then “Actions and Point Value,” and there you find your pre-set actions. A drop-down menu displays the categories. But there’s really no category that fits “Did Homework,” so I’m going to backtrack a bit. On the last page there’s a Categories button. I press it and it shows me every category plus an “Add New Category” button. Press that and it’s as easy as typing “School” and then tapping “Add.” Back on the Actions screen select “School” from the drop-down menu and then press the + button to add “Did Homework,” which is pretty self-explanatory.
As you can see, there requires a bit of effort to work through the set-up process, but once that’s down, rewarding your children is just a couple of taps away. Kid Point Tracking loses a point for being a bit clumsy to begin with, but it’s otherwise a solid app. A must-have for the high-tech parent.
Kid Point Tracking requires iPhone OS 3.0 and is compatible with both iPhone and iPod Touch.