As adults, we use schedules that are electronic or visual based. If it's ok for us to have reminders, why not for kids? Kids may not have as many things to do as adults on their 'things to do' list, but getting into a regular schedule/routine is a good step toward ensuring responsibility and independence. We all have a list of 'things to do' and this is a cool way to go about it, for kids.
I've read a lot of the comments on social media and other articles in regards to this new Octopus Watch on Indieogogo which retails for $75 USD incl. shipping to Canada, (and will be shipping out in March of 2017.)
Some parents in the social media comments feel that this Octopus Watch is 'coddling' the child and not actually teaching them responsibility. Others feel parents are shirking their own duties and responsibilities with their children when they rely on the Octopus Watch. Many parents are embracing this watch whole-heartedly.
The fact is, many kids, and often those who are on the autism spectrum or have other special needs, have a difficult time with measuring time. This watch could prove to be beneficial for kids:
We need your support to bring to life Octopus, the first icon-based watch that teaches kids good habits and the concept of time. - It's a watch. It gives the time with icons, making it the first clock that young kids can actually read and understand. - It's a scheduler for children that fosters responsibility, independence and self-esteem. - It's an assistant that helps parents prioritize expectations and stay consistent with daily routines.
Parents can schedule reminders with their own smartphones. The reminder will pop up/vibe on their child's watch. Kids enjoy living in this digital age and will continue to take an interest in electronics. (They will also continue to beat us at video games, it's just the way the world works.)
One thing though that a parent should probably watch for though, is the same sort of thing as 'wetting a toothbrush' in an attempt to pretend they brushed their teeth.
Do you think children would be checking off a chore whether or not they have actually accomplished the task?