What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this social networking site has a handy feature that helps users set goals and manage tasks, but it also has a significant shopping component: Teens use an Amazon-powered search to request "reward" items for completing goals, to create wish lists, or to buy items directly. Users can access anything that's sold through Amazon -- which means some adult content can turn up.
What's it about?
Social media hub SCALLYROO allows users to create profiles, find friends, and join groups -- but it also adds a unique feature to the standard mix. The site's main attraction is a group of applications that work together to help teens set and achieve goals. Here's how it works: Create a goal, add tasks to an online calendar, email your friends for encouragement and feedback, and tell your parents what you're planning. That last part is key, because Scallyroo encourages users to pick \"rewards\" -- powered by an Amazon search -- and ask parents to purchase those goods if the goals are met.
Is it any good?
Streamlined and user-friendly, Scallyroo's goal-setting feature could be very helpful for teens who need a little nudge getting organized. However, parents may not appreciate that each goal has to be attached to a reward -- even minor ones, like doing chores -- and that the most popular prizes include pricey items like iPods and gaming systems. The site's other social networking features are fine but nothing remarkable.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about setting and accomplishing goals. What motivates you to complete tasks? What steps can you take to make a big project more manageable? When is it appropriate to reward someone for achieving a goal ... and when is performing well its own reward?