Startup Teaches Children Strategies for Resisting Ads and In-App Purchases
04/01/2015

Recognizing a need for a service that trains children to avoid in-app purchases, and ads, AdzJab was founded to teach youth how to think before they click.

Online PR News – 01-April-2015 – Auckland, New Zealand – Startup Teaches Children Strategies for Resisting Ads and In-App Purchases

Since digital marketing took off like a wildfire, online ads and in-app purchases have caused parents headaches. Children are able to make in-app purchases and opt-in to marketing campaigns without their parents’ knowledge or permission, a scenario that has made its way into the news on countless occasions. One startup aims to curb this issue.

AdzJab is a fledgling company whose goal is to “immunize” children against ads and in-app purchases by teaching them to think before they click or tap. This platform is anticipated to be a welcome relief to parents who are apprehensive to let their kids play on laptops, tablets, smartphones, or other computing devices. Even educational apps and games include these in-app purchases and advertisements, which makes it easy for a child to unknowingly accumulate a large bill at their parents’ expense. Many apps target children to spur business. In 2009, almost half of the top selling apps targeted young children, and 80% of top-selling educational apps in the iTunes store target children.

Recognizing a need for a service that trains children to avoid upsells, in-app purchases, and opt-ins, AdzJab was founded to teach youth how to think before they click or tap on an opt-in or in-app purchases. The platform will also evolve to a service that can be embedded into any app aimed at young children ages 3-7 years old. Then, AdzJab will release the code so that any developer will be able to use the code in their own apps.

Using a game-like format, AdzJab uses fake social media profiles and other environments to teach children not to engage ads. First, the child can upload a picture of his or her favorite toy. Using cutting-edge psychological methods enforced by the project’s psych expert, Joanne, AdzJab conditions children to avoid certain elements. Thereby, certain behaviors can be learned. In this case, children learn how to avoid in-app purchases and advertising on a psychological level that creates a permanent effect. Not only does this platform assist parents now, but AdzJab will help children learn how to how to deal with various marketing and selling strategies for the rest of their lives.

The AdzJab team consists of Joanne, the psychiatrist, Tom, who has developed and tested the platform, and Laurie, a full stack developer. Together, the three have created a solid platform that is beneficial to both parents and children. More information about AdzJab, including videos of the program’s prototypes, is available at www.adzjab.com.

About AdzJab

AdzJab based in Auckland, New Zealand, is a startup focusing on training kids how to resist ads and in-app purchases, offering children a positive strategy for handling today’s advertising mediums.