Streaks

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Form or break habits, track progress daily with sleek tool.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how setting goals and working daily to achieve them consistently over time can help form (or break) habits. Even though it's a productivity app and is not meant for learning, its use is a lesson unto itself in the critical life skill of intentional habit formation through daily choices and self-assessment. 

Ease of Play

Simple instructions, clean interface, and a goal limit of six items make it very easy to use.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Streaks is a habit-promoting, goal-tracking app that challenges users to achieve a "streak" of daily actions by tracking the number of consecutive days completed. This app is so well-designed that it was a 2016 Apple design award winner, and it shows. There are calendars and bar graphs that track progress, and there's tracking throughout the day for goals that are achieved over time (such as number of steps taken) rather than one-and-done habits. Users can set reminder notifications and share their progress with others. Many of the health tasks that the app recommends -- walking, drinking water, eating healthy meals -- are linked to the Apple Health app. This app is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Apple Watch but not the iPad. Because it's not really designed for kids, it'll likely appeal most to tweens and teens, but there's nothing complicated or concerning to prevent slightly younger kids from using it. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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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.

App details

For kids who love time-management and health apps

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