ChorePay

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Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Useful tool for managing chores has lots of shopping.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn some very basic concepts about money management on ChorePay, an online tool that allows parents to assign chores to kids and reward them for a job well done. It's a useful, user-friendly tool for keeping households running smoothly. Parents can decide how their kids' earnings are allocated between spending, saving, and donating to charity. ChorePay claims to create "the foundation of your child's financial education," but there's a lot of emphasis on shopping and not much educational content.

Positive Messages

ChorePay includes saving money and charitable giving as part of money management.

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Sexy Stuff
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Consumerism

The online store is a major part of ChorePlay, and ads for featured products pop up throughout the site.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that ChorePay is a tool that lets parents assign chores to kids and reward them with money or other incentives once tasks are completed. Kids can spend their earnings on real goods sold in the site's store. "Featured deals" from the store pop up as kids are using the site, so there's definitely a push to buy things. There are some games that link to outside sites.

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What's it about?

CHOREPAY offers parents and kids a tool for managing chores online. Parents create an account and add one or more kids to it. They set up a chore calendar, and once tasks are completed, kids get paid or receive other rewards like TV time or a trip to the zoo. Parents can set how much of kids' earnings should be saved, spent, and donated. Kids can shop for real goods like clothing, electronics, and books in the site's store, or donate to charities such as the Red Cross, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the ASPCA.

Is it any good?

ChorePay can be a useful resource for keeping the family organized since it features a calendar and the ability to set up recurring tasks. Parents have a lot of flexibility in customizing their accounts, and the site is easy to use. Although donating and saving money are included in ChorePay's world of money management, there's still a big emphasis on shopping -- particularly the tempting "featured deals" that pop up everywhere. The games section adds little value to the site.

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  • Families can talk about their values related to money and how websites and apps often encourage spending.

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