My child is getting very frustrated by curaFUN’s games.

All of curaFUN’s StrengthBuilder are professionally designed and validated to assess and build resilience and cooperation as well as other key strengths such as communication, confidence, self discipline and empathy. Remind your child that this game is all about practicing and learning. We don’t often get anything right on the first try, but if we keep practicing, we’ll get it eventually. curaFUN’s psycho-educational experts intentionally design scenarios to challenge children and occasionally frustrate them in order for them to grow. These frustrations are necessary for the children to master the necessary life skills and emotional intelligence that are often missing from their schools and real life.

Our proprietary algorithm dynamically adjusts the difficulty of game-based tasks throughout the entire game to be sufficiently challenging yet d not so difficult that uncertainty, confusion, or frustration. If your child is frustrated by certain challenges in StrengthBuilder, you’ll likely see corresponding weakness in your child’s reporting on that area of your parent dashboard. curaFUN games provide realistic, research-based, and often missing opportunities for children to build strengths and grow their social emotional skills. For some children, knowing the benefits and purpose of curaFUN games might be the key to their buy in. For example, you can share that they can practice approaching new friends or stand up to a bully in the game, and the strengths that they build in curaFUN will carry over to real life.

Your words of encouragement go a long way when children become frustrated from their lessons. It’s ok to take breaks or complete just one scene at a time and come back to the game. Remember, it only takes 15-30 minutes twice a week for children to experience benefits from our program. It’s ok to take a break, and come back to tackle the challenge another day. Afterall, that’s what one of our key strength, resilience, is all about! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need additional help or recommendations.”

How should I introduce kids to curaFUN games and comics so that they will benefit fully from the programs?

All StrengthBuilders have gone through full development, focus group testing and research validation for accuracy, effective AND appeal, and we’ve observed a high level of interest from children. However, please don’t hype up our games and comics as the most exciting form of entertainment in existence. There are plenty of brainless cartoons and designed-to-be-addictive games out there only for entertainment purposes, so making such a claim would erode children’s trust with their parents and curaFUN. While we do want children to learn in a natural and fun way, curaFUN StrengthBuilders are designed to build children’s 6 core strength areas. Children will be intentionally challenged at a skill and age-appropriate level in order to promote their development. Sometimes there’s discomfort in growth. Through the proprietary algorithm, game-based tasks are individually tailored to be sufficiently challenging to maintain attention and motivation, and not so difficult that uncertainty, confusion, or frustration that prevent mastery. As a parent, you can help by modeling enthusiasm to your child for the programs you have purchased, and perhaps discuss what they have learned at curaFUN in your daily family conversations.

How long should my child/student be spending on curaFUN games for it to be effective?

We recommend 30 minutes of game play twice a week for skill retention, but even 15 minutes would be beneficial.  Be sure to help your student set up their avatar in the game play as some younger children have trouble with this part.  When the game says “You finished the game,” your child has finished a scene, and may return next time for their session.  It’s important to note that children should finish a scene before quitting for the most accurate personalized assessment reporting. Consistent practice is essential to mastering any skill. curaFUN products incorporate proven effective methods of enhancing children’s character and social emotional skills. Each game we offer contains 24-30 scenes, and children will benefit most from repeated play. Your child has unlimited access to the game during their subscription.

Where and when should my child play curaFUN’s games?

Once purchased, your child may play freely on any internet browsers at home or in school. There is no special app to download.  Remember to make sure that device’s speakers or headphones are working properly as dialogue and tone of voice are important in our games.  Younger children should spend about 15-30 minutes per session playing, and have the assistance of an adult their first time playing to ensure success.

Also, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Set your child up for success by finding a dedicated time when he/she is well-rested and able to give this program their attention and energy. One example is to schedule for your child to play Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evening before dinner, and then provide a small incentive after the game in the beginning.

How are curaFUN StrengthBuilder games different from the many free games that are available for children?

curaFUN products are developed specifically for social emotional learning with funding from the US Department of Education and National Science Foundation. Six years of rigorous research, more than $6 millions in training methodology, game design and research validation, and multiple peer reviewed published studies conclude that the consistent use of our programs improve skills in 6 key areas of strengths: confidence, communication, discipline, resilience, cooperation and empathy. We know that there are games with flashier animation than ours, but none can say positively that they help children build skills that will last a lifetime. To find out more about our product development, see StrengthBuilders.