Creating Character “In Kids”
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
We talk about this a lot here at the iPhone App Review, but one of the absolute neatest things about iOS as a platform is its ability to impact the very fabric of our lives. Because we own a chunk of plastic and metal, we can do so much more with our waking hours. Today’s example is a particularly good one of this concept.
The app is called Creating Character “In Kids”, from Character Counts, LLC, and it does everything the title might suggest and more—and all from the security of your family’s iPhones! Want a bit more information? You need only to slide on down below the break.
Concept and Functionality
If you ever had growing up—or currently have with your children now—a behavior chart or chores list, then you’re already more familiar with Creating Character than you might have guessed.
The application acts as a modern version of the same concept: Your kids have their behavior monitored and tracked, and as they do the things they should, they’re rewarded. If they do things they shouldn’t, they’re docked points.
No further reprimand is needed, and eventually, they’ll start behaving well again, and can ultimately redeem their rewards.
That’s more or less what you’ll find here, though in a slicker package. Parents can setup individual accounts for their children, and then lay out the chores or manners they need to work on.
When the child does these items, they can add points to their total. These point values are predetermined by the parent, of course. Same goes for negative entries, if the behavior is not correct.
Goals are also defined in the application, and can be cashed in whenever a child has enough points for them. This is perhaps one of the neatest aspects of the title, as it’s a beautifully strong motivational tool for any developing young mind.
Design and Interface
On the one hand, we love the concept at work within Creating Character. The points system is flawless, simply used (at all ages) and requires no additional explanation—though you’ll get some anyway. But on the other hand, the interface Creating Character is sporting just isn’t as friendly as we might have liked it to be.
For an application aimed at kids, we wanted a bit more color, some softer corners, and a simpler kids-only interface. We also found the parent side a bit bulky. But, this is only a first release, and we have high hopes for the application as it continues to develop in the future.
None of this, of course, detracts from the value that Creating Character is. The application costs just short of four bucks, but any parent reading this will tell you: The time-saving potential and fun factor locked away in Creating Character’s concept alone is easily worth that much.
With that in mind, we highly recommend the title for any parent with a need, and it can only get better as further updates appear down the road.
Creating Character “In Kids” requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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