A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
When using STREAKS for the first time, you'll be prompted to complete the tutorial. Then choose six tasks that you want to complete on a daily basis and tap the "add" icon to enter it. The health goals that are linked to the iOS Health feature are marked with a heart, but there are other ideas listed that are not linked to the Health feature, or you can enter your own. Choose between variables such as distance or steps, specific days each week or every day of the week, and reminder notifications or no nudges. Your goal is to complete the tasks and mark them in the app for a "streak" of consecutive days.
Is it any good?
The clean visuals and easy-to-use interface encourage daily use of this app with little hassle. Streaks will be an especially good fit for people who are self-motivated and just need a few reminders and some visual affirmation but who don't need a lot of bells-and-whistles rewards. For some kids and teens, however, this app may not be motivating enough to hook them into the concept that the value of keeping a "streak" going lies in the accomplishment itself. There's no question that it can be an easy, useful habit-tracking tool. Still, the app's final value largely depends on the user and how they're motivated (or not) by its basic premise.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the power of habits. What habits do your kids want to adopt or break? Whether good or bad, habits shape our daily lives and our long-term success in many areas of life, including health.
Discuss the value of recording progress on a daily basis, and the ability to view progress over time on an app like Streaks.
Should one of your kid's six habit goals be related to developing good media habits? Read Common Sense Media's "How can I help my kids develop good media habits?" for more ideas.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Skills: Self-Direction: goal-setting, initiative, motivation, personal growth, set objectives, work to achieve goals
Emotional Development: persevering, self-awareness
- Price: $3.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: June 9, 2016
- Category: Productivity
- Size: 35.20 MB
- Publisher: Zervaas Enterprises
- Version: 1.7.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.2 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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