Analyse Your Tone with ToneMeter

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It can be harder to gauge our tone when communicating electronically rather than in-person. To keep communication productive, however, it helps to be aware of how statements could be interpreted by other people.

ToneMeter helps parents anticipate how the tone of their message, or note created with a Check-In or Moment, could be received by flagging statements that may be perceived as emotionally charged. This gives them the opportunity to modify the message before pressing send. 

ToneMeter is an optional add-on to your OFW subscription. Learn how to add ToneMeter to your account. 

 

In this tutorial:

 
ToneMeter for Messages

Using ToneMeter™

You can get immediate feedback from the ToneMeter tool when composing a message, or when adding a note to a Check-In or a Moment. 

ToneMeter™ for Messages

You can get immediate feedback from the ToneMeter tool when composing a message. To do so, start by following the initial steps to compose a new message.

Next,

  1. Locate the ToneMeter™ icon. It will be located in the grey bar above the keyboard and look like four signal-strength bars. 
    1. If ToneMeter™ is not currently enabled for your account and you click this icon, a message will pop up in which you can request more information about ToneMeter™ or tap 'Continue' to go back to composing a message without ToneMeter™.
  2. Tap the ToneMeter™ icon to review its analysis of your message.
    1. If those bars are coloured red, that means that ToneMeter™ has detected a phrase or wording within your message that it perceives as being emotionally-charged. Any flagged statements will be listed below the icon after it is tapped.
    2. If no statements are flagged, a 'No Results' message will be displayed instead. 
  3. If desired, update the flagged statements and re-run the ToneMeter analysis by tapping the icon again.

Note: ToneMeter does not prevent you from sending a message with flagged statements. Parents can still send messages despite any results returned by the ToneMeter tool. 

 
ToneMeter for Moments

ToneMeter™ for Check-Ins and Moments

You can also receive feedback from ToneMeter™ when drafting a note within a new Check-Ins or Moments within the OFW Journal feature. To do so, start by following the steps to create a new Check-In or Moment. Next,

  1. Locate the ToneMeter™ icon. It will be located in the grey bar above the keyboard and look like four signal-strength bars. 
    1. If ToneMeter™ is not currently enabled for your account and you click this icon, a message will pop up in which you can request more information about ToneMeter™ or tap 'Continue' to go back to composing the Check-In or Moment without ToneMeter™.
  2. Tap the ToneMeter™ icon to review its analysis of the note within your Check-In or Moment.
    1. If those bars are coloured red, that means that ToneMeter™ has detected a phrase or wording within your note that it perceives as being emotionally-charged. Any flagged statements will be listed below the icon after it is tapped.
    2. If no statements are flagged, a 'No Results' message will be displayed instead. 
  3. If desired, update the flagged statements and re-run the ToneMeter analysis by tapping the icon again.

Note: ToneMeter does not prevent you from creating a Check-In or Moment with flagged statements. Parents can still create Check-Ins and Moments despite any results returned by the ToneMeter tool. 

 
Verifying ToneMeter™ in your Account

Verifying Your ToneMeter Add-On

If you're unsure whether or not you have ToneMeter on your account, you can verify by doing the following. 

  1. From the app's main navigation menu, select the Home icon. Next, tap Service Status.
  2. Your ToneMeter status will be shown as either Enabled or Not Enabled.

If you wish to add ToneMeter to your account, sign in through the website and follow these instructions.