Jaiden is 9 years old and in the 3rd grade, we are no stranger to the ClassDojo App. ClassDojo isn’t actually all that bad of an App. It’s a great way to stay in contact with your child’s teacher. Your child’s teacher can update you with photos, classwork they are working on, homework changes and much more! Though this App has its perks, I found the reasons I didn’t like it and those reasons are why ClassDojo is an App I no Longer Use.
What is ClassDojo?
ClassDojo is a classroom App. Your child’s teacher or daycare can sign up to give you daily updates on how well or bad your child is doing and/or behaving. They can update you with photos, any issues that are happening, assignment changes, and even tell you when your child is doing great. If this is an App your child’s teacher use, they will provide you with a code to access your child’s information.
While I think there are perks to ClassDojo I found that this App made me a bad parent. I woke up one day and realized I was not the parent I should be and once was, which is why I no longer use the App. I have a few things that I love about the ClassDojo App, the thing I hate the most though, is the points that are given and taken away for your child. Now Jaiden has never had anything major come back to me but I found myself questioning his behavior.
Jaiden would get -1 for being off task. This was something he has gotten two or three times a week. I got to the point that it went beyond questioning why he was off-task. I began to take things away. Punishing him because he didn’t stay on task! Then I woke up. Why am I punishing my 9-year-old son for being a 9 year old! I’m 28 and I can’t stay on task. Why should a point be taken away for my child acting his age? It was nice to see when he was on task and behaving well. However, I feel like this app and the way it can be used is something I am not very fond of.
This is when I decided I would no longer use the ClassDojo App. My son is a good kid and often does as he’s told. However, he is a 9-year-old child. He’s going to act like a 9-year-old from time to time and I feel as though if there is an issue that needs to be addressed, his teacher can contact me. You know, like the good ole days when we didn’t have an App to pretty much stalk our children’s behavior.
I feel like sometimes we expect too much from our children. This App opened my eyes that I wasn’t the parent I once was. I was picking at my son, trying to figure out why he was off task. Realizing, I am hardly ever on task and I am 3 times his age. It just wasn’t fair to him. As I said, there are plenty of perks to this app, like being able to communicate with his teacher (however, I have the school’s number and her email), but for me, I found that the things I didn’t like outweighed the good ones.