Do You Promise?

Rating Do You Promise? - 5 out of 5 - Best Rating 5.0

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 3+
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About Do You Promise?

Do You Promise? formalises and tracks the promises of good behaviour that children make to parents.  By building in a sense of ceremony and a firm log of the promised reward, the app helps children understand the importance of keeping their promises. 

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Of course, promises have always been made by children to parents and parents have always offered rewards for keeping them. The difference that the app Do You Promise? adds is one of formalisation and a sense of ceremony.

Once a promise has been chosen, a reward negotiated, and a date set for its duration, the process begins in the app.  A video call comes through to the child by their chosen character.  This takes the form of a well-animated cartoon that outlines the importance of both the concept of a promise and the actual pledge that is being made.  The sense of this being a personalised message is added to by the child appearing on the screen as they would in a real video call.

The formalisation and sense of a promise being sealed are then completed as the agreed upon promise is locked in by both the parent and child holding their fingers to the screen.  Once this is complete the pledge is made.

All of the above process is done in the parental section of the app.   The promises made and the duration left are shown in the children's section.   Parents of more than one child will be pleased to see that multiple children can have their promises tracked by the app.  Each child’s name, date of birth, and photo are added to their area.

It might, at first, appear that the promises are completely predefined but they are customisable to a degree.  For example, choosing a "good manners" promise, still allows you to specify the exact manners to display.  You may stipulate in your own words behaviours such as to “always say thank you,” or to “ask before taking” as the precise promise. 

Teachers of young children might wish that the app had some more specific school categories.  They probably wouldn’t want to administer a whole class of children using the app but it could be a useful strategy for dealing with a few children who are displaying persistent problem behaviours.  As it is, under the good manners promises,  teachers could include “not calling out” or “staying seated during lessons” but it would be nice for there to be a category and associated animations specifically related to schools.

The app is free to download and allows a limited number of promises to be made.  This gives you the chance to see whether your own child responds well to the formalisation of promises made using the app.  If they do, then you can purchase additional promise packs.  As you get access to the total array of features and can go through the full process, it is an excellent introduction to the app.  

Some people might feel that having an end date for a promise is counterproductive.  What is the point if behaviour reverts after the date has been reached and the reward received?  An easy counter to this is that, for children, no promise is without an end date anyway.  It might not be defined but no child can be expected to hold to a pledge indefinitely – if it could, parenting and teaching would be far easier!

Shaping children to exhibit behaviour that respects themselves and others is an ongoing process.  If they have kept a promise in using this app, then they have formed a model of behaviour that has exhibited its own intrinsic rewards as well as having become a habit.  Some may fall back to old behaviours or attempt to exploit the reward/promise mechanic but parents have always had to deal with this.

Do You Promise? is not and does not claim to be a solution to all parenting issues but it is a thoughtfully designed and well-made tool to help make parenting a little easier.

App Details

Ratings

Devices

Android, iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Ages

Kindergarten Apps (3-5 Years)

Category

Skills

Life Skills

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Jessami Ltd

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