Read2Play is an app that helps your children form a habit of reading. The way it works is your children have to do a certain amount of reading to unlock their favorite apps. And, thanks to our eye-tracking technology, Read2Play can actually verify how much reading is being done. The app is also gamified and has some parental control features, so it comes with both a carrot and a stick.
While Read2Play is a pretty clever app, it’s still just a tool and depends on being used correctly. Below are a few considerations to keep in mind when introducing Read2Play to your children.
Pick the right time to install the app
An ideal time to start using Read2Play is when your child is transitioning from reading with you to reading on their own. Read2Play will help them manage their newfound independence and alleviate unnecessary distractions. In general, we believe that our app will be helpful to children aged anywhere between 5 and 12 years old.
Keep it until the habit is formed
We think of Read2Play as a habit-forming app, so you should use it until the habit of daily reading stands on its own. How long will it take? Anywhere between a couple of months and a couple of years. However long it takes though, there is no harm in continuing to use the app once the habit is formed – it’s still a valid form of parental control.
Talk your child through the app
Read2Play does come with some parental control features, which could be frustrating to a child. Your goal is to introduce the app in a friendly manner, as something fun to try together and not a punishment. Tell your children why do you think reading is important, explain to them how the app would help, and go over the key features. We’ve tried to make our in-app onboarding process as child-friendly as possible, but it’s a team effort.
Set an appropriate reading goal
Studies claim that there is no additional benefit in reading more than fifteen minutes a day. Which is great news, because fifteen minutes is not that much to ask of your child. The key is to keep reading sessions as frequent and as consistent as possible. Once a day every day is ideal, but sticking to weekdays should be just fine.
Introduce reasonable screen time limits
You can apply Read2Play to limit the use of certain apps and the use of screens in general. The current recommendation for children aged 6 and older is between 1 and 2 hours of screen time per day. It is also important to maintain consistent screen limits, so your settings better stay the same from day to day. Another thing we would definitely recommend is cutting screens off 2 hours before bed — this way you limit your children’s exposure to blue light and raise the quality of their sleep.
Unfortunately, not all of your parenting can be outsourced to an app and some effort on your part is still required. First of all, make sure your child has a comfortable, well-lit reading spot. Second, support their reading ritual by picking up a book yourself. And finally, use positive reinforcement whenever your child shows reading initiative. Follow our advice, use Read2Play wisely, and your child should become an avid reader in.. well.. sometime soon 😉