Digital Doorknock

Connecting neighbourhood children for local play. A tool to help parents communicate with local families to arrange outdoor play.

Get to know the families around you and develop friendships!

Imagine your kids coming home from school, together and checking the app play signal to see who can play and then getting outside to have fun.

Set up your family profile securely, connect to other families where you live, see who is free to play, send messages to arrange play and call your kids home.

Make new friends in your neighbourhood, invite those with kids near you to join in. Share only what you are comfortable with.

How to get started

  1. Download the free app and set up your profile
  2. Invite your local families to do the same (Walk the street, look for signs of children and letterbox drop invitation to join the app too)
  3. Chat to arrange details, meet face to face and scan each other’s app code to connect
  4. Set your family play signal and see when your local families are available to play
  5. Post play events for your neighbourhood

How Digital Doorknock can help spread neighbourhood play

Research all over the world shows that play is vital for children’s development but despite this, children’s opportunities to grow and learn through play are diminishing. More time is spent indoors engaging in sedentary activities. Only 19% of Australian children aged 5-7years meet physical activity guidelines of at least 60minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day (AHAK, 2016).

The value placed on children’s playtime has been replaced with many competing activities. Bringing back play in our children’s lives to allow them to experience the magic of childhood… Connecting with their local friends, exercising their imaginations and their bodies, developing social skills and having simple fun.

How you can get your neighbourhood involved

We have created a fantastic resource for you to help families in your neighbourhood connect through the Digital Doorknock App.

This downloadable postcard is designed to be printed and used as invites for your neighbours to connect on the Digital Doorknock App. Simply print, write a note, cut and hand to your neighbour or leave in their letterbox. The more people you can get on board the more outdoor neighbourhood play you will encourage!

Not only is the postcard great for your neighbourhood, but you can also take it to your school, community group or even your local library to help spread the importance of neighbourhood play in your area.

This is just one way you can encourage people to connect. Why not simply knock on your neighbour’s door and introduce yourself? You may find not only friends for your kids but friends and connections for you too!