“A private Twitter for families” is how I have described this dream to friends. The idea is to give families with younger children a way to communicate without needing to provide the child with a cell phone. I want to provide the space to communicate more efficiently than a large family group chat often be, and with more freedom than having to constantly text updates or have parents following a geo-location.
When it comes to tech-savvy parents, I know that many kids in elementary school and middle school have their own smart technology. They are used to devices like a personal iPad, iPod Touch, and usually have access to computers in their schools and at home, but might be too young to have their own fully-functioning smart phone. This app (and future website) is to provide a space to share “status updates” as well as location so that parents don’t have to try to get a hold of their child 24/7, and kids know what their parents are up to throughout the day. There is also a space to message back and forth amongst the family members for more direct communication. The design and ideas are all, of course, still a work in progress. Any feedback is greatly appreciated!