HandiPoints

Common Sense Media says

Chart chores; play in a safe virtual world.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Promoting healthy habits and being responsible is definitely the goal here, although kids can roll their eyes or show an angry face to other users in HandiLand.

Violence & scariness

No violence here, though some Cool Cat costumes offer weapon props (swords, knife claws, nunchucks).

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Preset chat phrases, so no bad stuff gets through.

Consumerism

Keys ($1-$20 in real cash) to unlock HandiLand stuff are for sale on the site and link to Amazon to buy and some ads will appear on printed charts. HandiPoints are earned to buy real stuff (CDs, toys, iPods) through the site; Bonus Points are used to buy virtual stuff (clothes for an avatar, furniture).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this site's purpose is to help families create task charts as well as track and reward kids for doing their chores or doing something positive like not using bad language. Parents can join for free with a username, password, first/last name, and email; kid accounts only require a name for their "cool cat" avatar and a password. Kids input their progress and receive two kinds of points: HandiPoints (saved to buy stuff in the real world) and Bonus Points (used in HandiLand, the site's virtual world). The chat feature uses preset phrases so kids are unlikely to be snubbed via chat, but like in any virtual world, kids can be mean by simply ignoring another user. Keys ($1-$20) to unlock HandiLand stuff are for sale from Amazon; some ads will appear on printed charts.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Step right up and rally round the computer because HANDIPOINTS.COM may be just the tool your family needs to organize, motivate, and get things done. After task charts are designed and goals are set online, kids input their progress and receive two kinds of points: Handipoints and Bonus Points. Handipoints can be used to buy things in the real world in the form of an allowance, privileges, etc. Bonus Points are used in the virtual world HandiLand to buy virtual stuff such as clothes, furniture, or backgrounds for avatars. Kids can chat safely with preset dialog and funny animations. The site also features a blog for parents and a Cool Cats Magazine for kids.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

If your family is up for using all its bells and whistles, both you and your kids will really get into logging progress with chores online and earning points at HandiPoints.com. The site provides loads of ideas and is extremely easy to use, which makes wanting to come back really inviting. The level of customization is probably the best feature: The process can be as simple or as detailed as you like. Want to choose from the site's list of chores? Want tasks to be daily, weekly, or just once? No problem. And, parents have the option to grade a completed task if they want kids to only earn a fraction of its worth (this is where quality versus quantity comes into play). HandiPoints.com is also well designed with loads of charming graphics and features kids will love -- from the games to the colorful virtual world. One thing: Using the tools on a daily basis is only practical if all family members are online everyday (you can go back one week if needed). So if you're low on time, you may want to skip the whole tracking, grading, and virtual world thing as the task chart feature is worthy in itself.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the tasks required to keep their home happy and healthy and which are considered kid chores. Would keeping a weekly chart help your family? Is using the computer as both a tracking system and a reward system a practical way for your family to communicate about chores? Would earning points for an online virtual world increase motivation for completing chores?

Website details

Genre:Blogging
Pricing structure:Free

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Educator and Parent Written byspoilermaker92 June 9, 2011
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8
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Great website for kids and parents

Great website for tracking chores/behaviors for kids. You can choose from preselected charts or create a custom chart. You can pick from a list of rewards or add your own. Kids can sign on and check off their chores and you can grade them on how well they did the chore. There is also games you can play and an "interactive" land for the kids to play in. My kids like it ok, but not as well as some of the other interactive worlds (such as Webkinz). Fun site though and definitely helps to motivate my kids to do their chores!
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Educator and Parent Written bySherryS 1 March 4, 2015
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15
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I love this

I love handy. Will give 5 stars when I can access it on my droid Android tablet can do this through Google Play Store
Kid, 10 years old June 17, 2012
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6
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LEARNING

Rewarding and fun for doing chores and tasks! :D

I like this site because when you can make a chart, and you complete a task, you get points to spend in handiland catalogs! And it makes doing chores fun and rewarding! But the bad part is memberships, but no one really cares about them :P
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