This is every data-loving parent’s dream: An Israeli married couple, who are both researchers, created a crowd-based developmental diary platform to help parents identify early behavioral patterns
This is what happens when a married couple, one a child development expert and the other a computer scientist, create something useful.
Riding on the popularity of parenting communities on social networks and testing the efficacy of online diaries in child development research, Prof. Ayelet Ben-Sasson – a professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Haifa – and her husband Prof. Eli Ben Sasson – a professor in the Computer Science Department at Technion, Israel Institute of Technology – just launched crowd-based platform Baby Croinc to understand and aid early parenting.
Parents can compare habits and milestones of their children to others’ experiences, potentially identifying and predicting signs of developmental behaviors and conditions earlier rather than later. The wisdom of the crowd will only work as well as the number of participants on the platform, which is part of why the researchers are encouraging the public to join this online research experiment.
The platform also provides relevant information to parents based on the child’s age and milestones, including statistical information about their child’s expected rate of development compared to an average child’s development on Baby Croinc.
“The advantage of crowd wisdom is especially great when you’re dealing with complex phenomena,” explains Prof. Eli Ben-Sasson in a statement, “and early childhood development is as complex, mysterious and important as it gets. Our website is a collaborative platform where parents play the dual role of ‘clients’ and ‘service providers,’” though Ben-Sasson cautions that the platform does not replace professional medical guidance.
Why would someone participate in this and not just join a local online community on Facebook, for example?
Baby Croinc, which stands for CROwd-based INteractive Clustering, appeals to both data-oriented parents and those that do not like sharing personal details about their children online. The last part may sound like a contradiction, but it isn’t.
While a user publishes diary entries, tips, and milestones about their child, these posts appear without their personal information. Other parents can view them to understand what is going on with children similar to the user’s, but they will not know that the specific user posted the information.
Plus, if parents would like to help future generations, their information is more useful to researchers than social network advertisers.
To learn more about signing up for Baby Croinc, check out this video: