There are a variety of reasons we have found for why kids might not be as involved with Mightier as we anticipated they would be with a video game. Mightier is a completely different experience. It’s helpful to know why kids don’t want to play in order to figure out the best way to get them excited about playing. In speaking with Mightier families the most common reasons we've found for why kids don't want to play are:
- They are frustrated or annoyed with how often they are “in red”
- They struggle with getting back “in blue”
- Mightier is not their preferred activity
- Games feel too easy or boring
- Sensitivity to equipment or sound
- They don't like the "idea" of Mightier
Frustrated with Getting “in Red” / Struggle Getting Back “in Blue”
Our games get harder when a player’s heart rate gets into the red. Lavalings appear, making the games more difficult. This can be annoying for experienced gamers and challenging for new gamers. Please let us know if you feel that your child is getting frustrated to the point of feeling unsuccessful or not wanting to play. We want to make sure we are appropriately challenging children in a way that helps them learn, grow, and feel confident, so we will adjust the difficulty level to help with this.
Not the Preferred Activity
Sometimes, Mightier is not the preferred screen time or activity because it's different from other video games or they just have other interests. Mightier requires children to cool down 1-2 times each minute, which can be challenging. Some players can only tolerate 10-15 minutes of play at a time because of the constant practice and that’s perfectly fine! Many parents find it useful to fit 15 minutes of play in 3 times a week. Some parents have found success with having their children play before they can use preferred screens. For more strategies, check out our article on structuring Mightier time.
Games Feel too Easy or Boring
Kids might not be interested because they feel the games are too easy. Each of our games get harder as children play. You can challenge your child to see what level they can get to before it becomes too difficult. The anticipation of finding preferred games can engage children as well. There are 26 different games within the Mightier app in an attempt to provide a game for every age, gamer-style, and gaming ability. It's possible that your child has not found a game they enjoy yet. Have your child check out the Mightier game directory to see if they find one that catches their eye.
Some kids are bothered by wearing the heart rate monitor, using the provided tablet, or the sound of games. Here are some ways families have overcome sensory sensitivities: https://www.mightier.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/mightier_sensory_sensitivities.pdf
The Idea of Mightier
Are you finding that your child won't play because they feel it is too therapeutic, or that they are against it because it's something they're "supposed" to do. This is fairly common. Check out our article on introducing Mightier for different ways to approach this with your child.
Our best recommendation in motivating kids and getting them excited to play is to have them teach someone else how Mightier works. Let them be the expert and show off their skills in the game and with heart rate control. You can create other player accounts on the app in order to do this.
If you continue to have trouble engaging your player, contact our Family Care Team so we can better understand your situation and player. Our Program Specialists can work with you to brainstorm ways to get your child playing again based on their specific learning and play styles.