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What’s It About?
YUKAN users share information such as email address, postal code, country and year of birth, and then create a username and password. Choose from a variety of service projects such as building skate parks in countries with poor living conditions, protecting dolphins and other sea life, or raising funds for an Icelandic pony that supports kids in hospice care. Read detailed information about each project before choosing. A data tracker marks time spent on ongoing and completed projects. The timer provided for shutting down your device includes both hourly and 15-minute increments. It's possible to stop the timer at any time and use your device if necessary. The money to support the projects seems to come from two supporting organizations.
Is It Any Good?
Kids can easily reward social projects worldwide through their choice to engage in distraction-free, offline activities. Though Yukan's interface is very basic, it may take a bit of exploration to figure out how to navigate to and through the social projects. The concept is great: Simply dedicate time to turn off your device. And by doing so, reward yourself and others around the world. Unfortunately, it's not totally clear where the donation money comes from, or how offline time adds up to those donations. And though the social service projects are worthy efforts, there aren't many to choose from. Despite that, even if all Yukan manages to do is encourage kids to put down their devices for a while, it may be worth it for some families. And at it's best, it can bring social responsibility ideas to families looking to spread social good around the globe -- without any risks or financial costs involved.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the initiatives that Yukan supports. Which ones appeal to your kids and why? There are many organizations around the world doing social good that need funding. What kinds of social projects reflect your family's priorities?
What does social responsibility mean? Does being socially responsible require money or donations? Can you show social responsibility in other ways?
What are your family's rules around device and technology use? What do you think about the partnership of promoting social responsibility while also managing screen time? Does it work?
Turning off one device and picking up another is easy to do. Plan for minimizing technology distractions and engaging in offline activities during this time. What will you with the time offline? Will you exercise, cook, play a game?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, effort, goal-setting, identifying strengths and weaknesses, initiative, motivation, personal growth, self-reflection, set objectives, time management, work to achieve goals, working efficiently, Emotional Development: empathy, perspective taking, Collaboration: cooperation, group projects, meeting challenges together, respecting other viewpoints, teamwork, Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences, fiscal responsibility, honoring the community, integrity, making wise decisions, respect for others
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: March 22, 2019
- Category: Productivity
- Topics: Activism
- Publisher: Yukan Digital
- Version: 2.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
- Last updated: May 19, 2020
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