Groups

Once a user is registered they can form a group that others can join. Examples of groups that can be formed are: teachers for tracking their class or their entire school, Organizations like Girls or Boy Scouts, Walk for the Cure, parents for local fundraisers, or kids for their fun playgroup. There is no limit to what types of groups that can be formed, only that the group has to meet our standards to become approved and we reserve the right to remove a group whenever we want with or without reason. Every GeoPalz user is defaulted into a “GeoPalz Group” and all steps are aggregated and posted on our website and our various social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, BrightKite, MySpace and whatever is trending at the time.

Overstepping

Jumping, running, stepping

Surprisingly enough we have heard that some kids log more steps than they actually take per day. Although we find it hard to believe, we have set artificial limits to how many steps that can be entered on any given day. For example, we start with the national average of 16,000 steps. If a user enters over that amount we first ask the child if the info is correct. If they respond “yes”, we congratulate them and notify them that we have emailed their parent(s) to validate that they have taken over 16,000 steps that day. When the parents approve these steps, it then becomes their new daily limit. If a child enters 100,000 steps in a day but hasn’t logged steps in 10 days we ask if they have been on vacation and if the respond “yes” we simply divide the 100,000 steps by the amount of days they were inactive and ask the parents to validate through email. This will account for any missing daily login’s while a child is away from a computer and not able to log their steps.

Do children compete with one another?

GeoPalz is set up so that children can only see their own activity. From a philosophical perspective we believe that by letting a 7 year old see what other 7 year olds are doing, it could de-motivate them and cause and adverse affect. For example, some kids take 2,000 steps per day, and some may take 20,000. It’s not our job to tell them they are under or over performing only to motivate them to win more prizes by taking more steps and becoming more active.

Privacy

At GeoPalz we respect your privacy and especially the privacy of (y)our children. For this reason we do not use last names, addresses or any personally identifiable information. Even when they have joined a group each user is only referred to as a Member 1, 2 or 3. or Student 1, 2 or 3. There is no ability to meet other GeoPalz members or create chats or interact with other GeoPalz even virtually. For our entire privacy policy please click here and to learn more about the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA) please click here.

Activity Calculator

Acitivity Calculation

For the GeoPalz Website, all steps are converted into miles/points based on the formula 2,500 steps = 1 Mile. Since calculations may vary based on the individual stride of the user, we will soon feature a "pedometer tuning exercise" that will allow parents to adjust the 2,500 steps to the actual steps it takes for your child to walk a mile. We also believe that since this is about "individual" activity, tuning may not be necessary as our goal is to get kids up and active, not to track accuracy or measure steps against other users. Since any activity is supposed to be recorded on our GeoPalz, we have tuned them to be extra sensitive. As a result we've actually seen instances where our pedometers have recorded as much as 2X the actual steps taken. At GeoPalz we are only concerned with defective pedometers that track less steps than actually taken as the children want their prizes and awards sooner rather than later. Either way please report any issues to info@geopalz.com.

Did You Know Data:

In an attempt to educate parents and children we will feature “Did you Know” data throughout the entire website and in the weekly emails. For example, did you know that an average person walks 115,000 miles in his/her lifetime? Did you know that’s 4 times around the Globe? I didn’t, not before I read it here!


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