Now, more than ever, it seems that internet access is becoming more-integrated in our daily lives. We seem to be tethered to our personal clouds and social circles. Keeping our secure information online seems routine now as opposed to ten or even five years ago. Online storage has proven itself more-convenient over maintaining your data in your own basement. In extreme cases, people prioritize high-speed internet connectivity over water.
My home is no exception - it seems the kids are always consuming media or socializing with their remote friends whenever they have a moment of down-time. For the majority of the time, it has not been an issue. However, it only takes that ONE time where I end up texting the wife something like:
They were delicious.
Well, they would've been, if I were a less-patient father.
Which is why the Kudoso Kickstarter caught my eye. They are developing a home-internet solution where the internet access is controlled by an application. This application is then able to meter internet usage based on certain criteria - like chore completion. You can install this on any compatible router, or purchase the router and software together.
So, if Megan picks up all of her fuse-beads, she can be rewarded with internet access time. If Cameron unloads and loads the dishwasher, he earns enough sessions to complete his Minecraft pagoda. You get the idea.
It's the same as earning an allowance, but without the hassle of having to handle currency (who uses cash anymore, anyway?)
I know there are those of you out there saying "just TAKE the computers away? Why do you need to complicate it with spreadsheets and routers?!?" and that's a fair point. But I think this technique teaches the kids about currency, value, work, and reward instead of just "you can't have this - PERIOD". When you say they've earned 45 minutes of surfing time, it's exactly 45 minutes - no more, no less, no arguing, and no drama.
And if they don't learn that, they'll probably learn how to reset a router. I can't be angry at that.
I suppose it'll be
just a matter of time before a child is in the middle of a crucial
online campaign when the time runs out and they start begging mom to let
them do the laundry. (Yes, I dream big). Who knows? Eventually, they may even just do their chores without having the bandwidth limitations in place...