Parents today are giving modern rewards for kids doing chores instead of traditional pocket money – including extra screen time, in-game purchases and additional mobile phone data.
A study of 500 mums and dads of 12-16-year-olds revealed the new go-to ‘currencies’ to encourage youngsters to help around the home more.
The research, found more than four in five (84 per cent) parents are now turning to alternative ‘payments’.
And 56 per cent choose to give other treats to stop their kids spending their money all in one go, while 44 per cent prefer different methods as it is cheaper.
The research, commissioned by Sky Mobile, also found that while some are still giving money for chores (23 per cent), more than a third (36 per cent) would consider switching to something else as a savvy alternative.
Digging into her families’ experience with pocket money, singer, songwriter and mum of two, Louise Redknapp said: “Like lots of parents, I’ve also been asked by my kids for a variety of alternative ways for them to receive their pocket money.
“Mixing it up by purchasing extra mobile data, mobile gaming credits, or a bit more screen time is great way to encourage children to help around the house and reward good behaviour – it’s a successful tried and tested method in our house.
“And to help us parents, Sky Mobile lets you share your spare data – a fab alternative to say thanks.”
Alternative rewards might have better impact
The study also found children ask for additional mobile phone data three times a month – and for those who are able to share it, the going rate per chore is three gigabytes.
An average of four chores are completed by kids each week, with the most popular including setting or clearing the table (48 per cent), washing up (37 per cent) and unloading or

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