iGotThis Family

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Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media
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Helpful taskmaster promotes independence with tasks.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Allows specific chores and tasks to be assigned to family members to promote independence. Users earn virtual tokens for starting and finishing activities that can equate to real-world rewards and improve success and confidence. Special features are included to help kids and adults with ADHD.

Ease of Play

Adults will need some time to acclimate to the features of the app when learning to create to-do lists, as there are lots of options to customize each chore or task. Kids can view their to-do lists easily but will need to have basic reading skills so they can identify what they need to do and how to complete it.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that iGotThis Family allows users to create and assign individual tasks, household chores and to-do lists. Kids can earn virtual tokens for starting and finishing their assignments. Parents can provide additional rewards to kids who finish their chores on-time. There are special options included in the app that help parents encourage their kids to start non-preferred activities by offering tokens for beginning tasks, and not just finishing them, which could be helpful for kids and adults with ADHD. The use of a computer to log in to IGotThis.com from the internet is beneficial in order to fully setup all of the options that will sync to the app, especially for including rewards. The app includes a two-week free trial but then requires a monthly or annual subscription. Once the app is set up, it sends reminders for users to complete their assigned tasks, and while it's a great way to get the family organized, it will absolutely need an adult to continue to monitor that tasks are being added, completed, and rewarded for it to be beneficial in the long run. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

IGOTTHIS FAMILY offers parents and caregivers a way to assign family members chores and responsibilities and then reward the participant with virtual tokens which users can assign a value. Chores kids hate could potentially have higher reward values. Earning enough tokens could lead to individualized, parent-approved rewards and incentives. Logging into iGotThis.com website is required to fully organize and setup each family member's tasks. Then, when the app is launched on a device, data is synced to the app on the device from the website. Kids will need access to a device though to find out their chores, then track them appropriately. Since there's not a menu of chores to choose from, parents will need to make sure what they type into the app is at a level their child can read and understand on their own, especially since there aren't pictures. Each chore or responsibility has the option to be customized with descriptions, sub-tasks, frequencies, start dates, end dates, and duration of the task in minutes, hours or days. There are multiple options to assign tokens, so it's possible to earn tokens for getting started.  A dashboard in the app gives a visual picture of whether the user is on-time, past due or has missed activities. 

Is it any good?

Incentives and customization make this tool a helpful choice, especially for kids who have trouble getting started. For many kids (and adults!), not just those with ADHD, it can be hard get motivated, remember all the steps to a project, and sustain their focus to finishing chores and activities, especially if they aren't any fun! iGotThis Family rewards kids and adults for starting and finishing tasks, as well as completing them on time. Customized settings give parents options to personalize activities any way they like, as well as choose rewards that are money-based or incentive-based. The app automatically defaults to one user, so kids may have to use the drop down menu to choose their name when moving from one screen to another, which could cause some confusion. Because it's text-oriented, it could be difficult for struggling readers, but parents can get creative by using emojis in descriptions to create visual reminders so the chore is clearer for younger users. Being able to use images would enhance its accessibility. It would also be nice to encourage intrinsic motivation over time by shifting the incentive system. It takes time to setup, but for parents who are committed to designing chore programs and remaining consistent with monitoring them, updating the chores and rewarding their kids for the activities, it could ultimately power struggles over non-preferred activities, giving kids a way to be more independent, confident and successful.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about using an app like iGotThis Family is a great way to keep track of participation in daily chores and to-do lists, because they also offer reminders to keep track of activities. How can an app like this help you?

  • Talk about how using personalized rewards might be able to reduce power struggles when kids are asked to complete non-preferred activities. Would an app like this help increase motivation? What else might help?

  • Ask each individual family member about their preferred rewards. Everyone is motivated by something different. Are there other ways to reward family members with experiences, one-on-one time, or other ideas that do not just involve allowance money?  

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