GeoPalz was started in 2010 after the founders saw their own children spending more and more time engaging in screen time. They came up with the idea of developing a line of cool looking pedometers, GeoPalz, that would track kids steps and then reward them through their online prize store for those steps, motivating them to be more active. They have since developed a more sophisticated line of wireless pedometers that track steps and then syncs to an iOS app. Physical rewards can still be earned but also now kids can earn coins and content on Disney’s Club Penguin within their virtual world. Parents can also create rewards in the app that are specific to that child or family (ie. 30 minutes of screen time, play time with Mom and/or Dad, a new book, etc.).
The question has been asked…”Should we reward kids for something they should already be doing?” Unfortunately in this age of advertising and marketing, millions of dollars are spent by companies with colorful, engaging advertising to entice kids (and adults alike) with new games, apps and electronics. Therefore pedometers like the GeoPalz and ibitz can help families be more mindful of their exercise habits through extrinsic rewards (Club Penguin coins and content, arcade time of our website) changing behaviors that lead to intrinsic rewards of exercise (feeling fit, endorphin high, etc).
Visit our websites geopalz.com and ibitz.com to learn more about the rewards kids can earn with their steps.