QUEST is a new app + kid-only wearable that helps parents encourage kids to have a healthy relationship with technology.
Many parents worry about the amount of time their kids spend in front of screens and online. While it's hard to completely disengage from technology, QUEST gives parents tools to encourage their kids to spend time offline and have a healthy relationship with technology. The QUEST app pairs with a kid-only wearable to help parents monitor and track their kids' offline activities, from playing outside to reading.
The QUEST system combines an app for parents with a wearable made just for kids ages 13 and under. Unlike other wearable systems, QUEST is designed to reward the completion of offline activities, called Quests. Additionally, QUEST is completely customizable in order to encourage engagement in a variety of activities and promote long-term use.
In the app, parents select a number of Quests that kids can complete: playing outside, reading a book, or making crafts, just to name a few. Parents also set the duration and frequency of those activities, along with the Rewards a kid can earn for completing each Quest. To get started, parents and guardians enter basic information about themselves and their kid(s) before syncing the wearable using Bluetooth. Then, the paired app + wearable update one another with new Quests set by the parent, along with kids' completed Quests.
As kids complete their Quests, parents can track their progress. For physical activity Quests, parents can view the intensity and duration of exercise. Upon completion of a physical activity Quest, the wearable automatically updates the parent dashboard in the app to show that the child met the requirement to earn their Reward. For more sedentary offline Quests, like reading or crafts, parents receive a notification that their child engaged in the activity for the allotted time. However, for the sake of accountability, parents must review that notification before it is marked as complete. This gives parents the chance to talk with their child about what they did during Quest time -- What did you read about? Why don't you show me the craft you made? -- and ensure that the child stayed on task during the Quest. Once parents mark those Quests as complete, kids receive their Reward.
As for Rewards, parents and kids are encouraged to decide together how Reward points may be redeemed: Allowance? Theme park day? Ice cream? While the app gives suggestions, there is no prescribed Reward system.
In addition to tracking kids' activities and helping encourage engagement in offline activities, QUEST offers parents and guardians resources and tips. A "Tips" page keeps an updated feed of articles and videos with information to help parents limit screen time and model healthy technology use. Also, an "Activities" page aggregates local, offline activities and events -- day hikes, festivals, library events, etc. -- that parents and kids can do together. Parents can even reserve a spot through the app.
For parents concerned about their kids' relationship with technology, the QUEST system offers a solution: a customizable app and wearable, fun offline activities, and impactful resources to help raise healthy, balanced kids.