Things to Consider When Connecting with Fathers via Mobile Applications

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More fatherhood programs than ever before are using technology to connect participants to services – through live video conferences, on-demand recorded videos, text messages, mobile applications, private group messaging platforms, social media, electronic forms, and other media. While most programs experience problems early on when adjusting to new tools and platforms, recent reports indicate that there are certain advantages to “going virtual.” Potential benefts include more scheduling fexibility and increased accessibility for participants.

This document features tips for fatherhood programs that offer or are thinking about offering smartphone applications (“apps”) to participants as a supplement to other program services. A small but growing number of fatherhood-specific apps allow programs to promote attendance, reinforce curricular information, or provide additional parenting resources.

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