Being a parent is not easy especially in today’s digital age where it can be hard to know what your kids do online, which is why parental control apps exist to help parents have some kind of control over the content that their kids view, how long they spend online, and so on. There are many such apps out there, and Samsung is tossing their hat into the ring with a new one.

Dubbed Marshmallow (not to be confused with the Android update), the latest parental control app from Samsung is here to help maybe wean your kids off their smartphones or tablets. How does this work? Instead of being strictly enforced, what happens in Marshmallow is that the app will use positive reinforcement so that kids will want to take the initiative on their own as opposed to being forced.

Basically while parental controls are still active, the app will also help reward kids who choose to spend less time on their devices. These come in the form of badges and Marshmallow points which kids can use to redeem for rewards, such as actual gift cards from Best Buy, Amazon, and Dunkin Donuts (with permission from parents, of course).

Is this a good idea? We suppose it is a different approach but if you’re a parent and you find that the current method isn’t working as well as you’d like, maybe you could give Marshmallow a try. It is a free download so hit up the Google Play Store if you’d like to get your hands on it.

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