We want to use the blog to share how some of our testers have been using Roosterbank.
James has three children who have been on the site since January (starting with our early prototype).
We have been using Roosterbank for four months now. All three children got a hang of the basic functionality very quickly, although our youngest aged 5 definitely needs some help. This has the advantage that I get to play the games alongside her!
For us, the site provides two functions:
The first is to address the practical side to receiving, spending and accounting for pocket money. The second is providing a fun based environment for them to learn and play games. With three children at 5, 7 and 8 we have quite a range of taste’s to satisfy, so they all find different elements of the site of interest!
In terms of pocket money, we give our kids £3 a week each and have been trialing the Roosterbank system to do this. The kids have really responded to it and now they know when their pocket money is coming (and I can’t forget) they are really thinking about what they want to save up for.
One feature that we have found really useful is to be able to boost pocket money through the Parent Area (on top of what I give them a week). For us, this has meant pocketing all their cash money boxes, vouchers and any present money and adding it to Roosterbank. I’m also able to use this feature to reward them for things like good reports and jobs. I have so far paid out for log stacking, foot massages, stolen sweets (by me) but refused my sons request to be paid for feeding the dog!
We have also found the remove function very handy as it allows them to buy sweets and things not in the Rooster Shop by asking me for the cash and I remove that amount on Roosterbank. As I don’t actually deposit money on the site, the great thing is that there is no transferring and I have been doing this by logging in on my Iphone.
Using the remove function has been particularly effective with one of my daughters who until now has had an unquenchable thirst for expensive kids magazines and this prevents me forking out £5-10 a week on those alone!
Using Roosterbank has really made the kids think about what they want to buy, if anything! My eldest daughter just seems to want to save which is fantastic as when it was coming out of my pockets directly on an ad-hoc basis, all she wanted to do was spend! The excitement when something arrives through the post is however enormous and the kids feel a justified sense of achievement.
If you are interested in becoming a tester and have a say in how we improve Roosterbank, we would love to hear from you – firstname.lastname@example.org