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August 26, 2013

App quizzes kids before phone use

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“Smartphones are getting cheaper and smarter,” he said. “I think the need came when smartphones became so inexpensive that you could go to any public high school and kids have these phones.”

TRACK SUCCESS

In addition to helping kids learn, Vreeken also wants to offer Study Lock users incentives such as prizes. He hopes to gather funds to purchase gifts such as phones, laptops and even a scholarship for college.

Vreeken also wants to give app users the ability to track their success. 

Downloading the app comes with a username and password that people can use to access a website where they can view how well they’re doing in certain subjects. 

Parents have access to their children’s accounts as well. However, Vreeken wants to give parents the freedom to configure their kids’ accounts as much as possible. 

Parents would receive emails indicating stats based on their children’s performances including grades for each subject.

Vreeken intends to upgrade Study Lock in the near future by applying it to specific functions on a smartphone, such as sending text messages and accessing Facebook.

Still, he does not want Study Lock to serve as a restriction or nuisance for kids. 

Instead, he wants kids to learn and feel confident about their academic performance. 

“If kids know they’re doing well, they’re going to feel good.”

Vreekan initially worked on the app himself. He then hired software developers to aid in his pursuit. 

Currently, he is generating awareness and funds by partnering with Rocket Hub, an online community where visitors can pledge their support or funds toward various projects in fields such as movies, music and software. 

Rocket Hub’s campaign for Study Lock will continue until Aug. 30. Vreeken also wants to reach out to corporations that would be interested in donating products as prizes.

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