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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Simply the act of focusing attention on logging kind acts might get kids thinking in that direction, but there's not enough support or help to really have educational value.
Ease of Play
No tutorial or directions; interface not totally intuitive.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Teaching kids to be kinder to themselves and others is one of the great tasks of parenthood, but this app might not help much. Kinditude - Kindness Journal has its heart in the right place; building daily acts of kindness into your life is an admirable goal. But it just falls flat. The biggest problem is that it feels unfinished. The entire interface is unpolished, and it negatively impacts the user experience. Kinditude - Kindness Journal opens with no splash page or tutorial. Instead, users land on a calendar page with no month labeled and no way to scroll forward or back. Tapping on a date brings up an event page with a date and all of the category tags. There's a spot to name the kind act, but that also isn't labeled and may not be obvious. Many of the categories are user-editable, including the icon assignments, but there doesn't seem to be a way to change the color of the display. Everything shows up as light purple on a white background. In the settings menu, a theme button seems promising, but it merely toggles you to light purple on a dark background. Even if the interface held more appeal and clarity, you may still be left wondering why you wouldn't just enter your acts into the calendar you already use. Perhaps you're someone who wants to know that you did 30 percent of your kind behaviors on yourself and 70 percent on animals, but otherwise, Kinditude - Kindness Journal doesn't offer any encouragement other than a few inspirational quotes. While there's definitely the chance for this to grow into a tool that enhances your generosity, it's not there just yet.
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