The nationwide average age of a kid getting a smartphone is at about 10.5 years old. Kids and teenagers are becoming more and more removed from their families because of their devices.
We’re trying to fix that through the very technology that these kids are using and in the families that they live with.
I’ve teamed up with my friends Bryce Doman, Brandon Doman, and Brian Barton and we have this aspiration of improving families across the world through a tiny little app.
If we had to describe the app, it would go like this:
Striide is the modern “kid currency.” It’s like the Chuck E’ Cheese of digital devices. It’s like the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and you, as the parent, are Professor McGonagall.
“10 POINTS TO GRYFFINDOR!” Yes, you’ll have that kind of power.
Striide is an app that makes it fun for kids to achieve goals, complete challenges, and redeem rewards.
It also makes it fun for parents to reward their kids for doing good things. And it’s great at increasing the communication that takes place between kids and their parents.
Check it out:
The app is free, and you can use it however you’d like. Each of our beta testers all seem to use it a little bit differently. You can check it out in more detail here on the Striide Website.
I’ll show you how I use it in my family just as an example:
So first I went over to download the app in the iOS App Store. (Sorry Android users… your version is next) You should see something that looks like this:
Then I set up my free account and invited my family. You can either invite your family via email or just create users for them if they don’t have an email address.
After going through the registration wizard, and having set up my family members, I immediately went in and made my wife Kristyn another admin… because momma is the boss.
I created a video of how to navigate through the app and use some of its basic functions. Just click the play button at the bottom of this image:
You can also go in and do some more set up on your Striide account such as setting up rewards:
Or go in and test out the Chat functions so that you don’t have to use Snapchat or another social platform to communicate with your kids.
The way we use it in our family is by setting challenges and then using Striide as a sort of digital currency. So we actually value each point as equal to one dollar. We set up long term goals and short term goals.
We also try and recognize the kids for good behavior and reward them with points at random times. Most kids grew up loving Harry Potter… so they’re excited when someone gets “awarded” a few points for good behavior.
My kids like to save up their points and then create their own rewards so that they have a stash of points to use when they need them.
For recurring challenges such as cleaning their room daily or mowing the lawn weekly, they will get push notifications in the morning reminding them about the challenge that they need to complete.
It’s simple, but it’s awesome.
I’d love to have you try it and give us some feedback. 🙂